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Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirms digital driving licences are on the way
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps confirms digital driving licences are on the way

DVLA plans to offer a digital provisional driving licence by 2024, with full digital licences to follow at a later date
17 Sep 2021
UK fleet average carbon emissions down 11.8 per cent as EV take-up increases
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UK fleet average carbon emissions down 11.8 per cent as EV take-up increases

Sustainability improves across the automotive sector in spite of the pandemic’s hit to turnover
17 Sep 2021
Highway Code updated to make motorways safer
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Highway Code updated to make motorways safer

Updated motorway driving advice for motorists relating to stopping in an emergency, red X signs and variable speed limits
14 Sep 2021
DVSA decision to scrap trailer towing tests condemned by safety charity
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DVSA decision to scrap trailer towing tests condemned by safety charity

The tests for towing trailers up to 3,500kgs have been scrapped to boost the number of HGV lorry tests available, sparking safety concerns
13 Sep 2021
Climate campaigners block M25 in protest
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Climate campaigners block M25 in protest

Protestors from environmentalist group Insulate Britain block five junctions of London’s orbital motorway
13 Sep 2021
Tens of millions of pounds in unpaid ULEZ penalties will be pursued, Transport for London pledges
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Tens of millions of pounds in unpaid ULEZ penalties will be pursued, Transport for London pledges

A third of a million Penalty Charge Notices have yet to be paid, as the pandemic slows the admin and debt recovery process
10 Sep 2021
Calls for lower drink-drive limit as deaths plateau
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Calls for lower drink-drive limit as deaths plateau

Official figures reveal 230 people were killed in drink-driving accidents in 2019, with a further 1,820 seriously injured
26 Aug 2021

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Bank holiday traffic expected to return to pre-Covid levels
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Bank holiday traffic expected to return to pre-Covid levels

Congestion is expected over the August bank holiday, but drivers plan on staying closer to home
24 Aug 2021
Councils bank record £1.76bn profit from car park charges and fines
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Councils bank record £1.76bn profit from car park charges and fines

UK councils have collected record sums from motorists with the total for the 2019/2020 tax year hitting nearly 1.8bn. 
23 Aug 2021
National Highways is the new name for Highways England
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National Highways is the new name for Highways England

The Government-owned company responsible for England’s motorways and major A roads changes its name and appoints a new boss
20 Aug 2021
Toyota to cut car production by 40% due to microchip shortage
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Toyota to cut car production by 40% due to microchip shortage

Factory shutdowns are confirmed in Japan, but Toyota’s UK production lines remain fully operational
19 Aug 2021
Used car sales up 109% in second-best quarter on record
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Used car sales up 109% in second-best quarter on record

Total of 2,167,504 used cars were sold in second quarter of 2021, following the emergence from lockdown and spike in demand
9 Aug 2021
Drivers could face three penalty points for not wearing seatbelt
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Drivers could face three penalty points for not wearing seatbelt

Law change in the offing as meaningful proportion of those killed in cars without belts remains high
28 Jul 2021
Take the Driver Power survey and you could win £100
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Driver Power

Take the Driver Power survey and you could win £100

Tell us about your car in the Driver Power survey, you’ll be entered into a prize draw where we’re giving away three £100 Amazon vouchers every month.…
28 Jul 2021
Driving licence body faces huge backlog cases due to strikes and Covid disruption
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Driving licence body faces huge backlog cases due to strikes and Covid disruption

Some drivers have been unable to get on the road due to 1.4 million DVLA applications waiting to be processed
22 Jul 2021
Huge difference in driving-test pass rates for ethnic groups
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Huge difference in driving-test pass rates for ethnic groups

Data shows White people more likely to pass than people from ethnic-minority backgrounds
20 Jul 2021
Sales of new diesel lorries banned from 2040
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Sales of new diesel lorries banned from 2040

Overhead electrified gantries could power electric HGVS, as new internal combustion engined trucks won’t be sold from 2040
14 Jul 2021
Semiconductor shortage continues to hit car production
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Semiconductor shortage continues to hit car production

UK factories turned out 54,962 cars in May, well up on the same month in pandemic-ravaged 2020, but way down on previous Mays
24 Jun 2021
Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police
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Motorists think they can get away with driving offences due to lack of road police

Lack of road traffic police officers in the UK is making it easy for drivers to break the law, according to a survey of 15,500 British motorists
16 Jun 2021
Four million people in the UK have fallen asleep while driving
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Four million people in the UK have fallen asleep while driving

Research produces worrying revelation that four million UK motorists have nodded off behind the wheel at some point
16 Jun 2021
Vehicle thefts down 14.5% last year
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Vehicle thefts down 14.5% last year

Police data shows fewer vehicles were stolen in 2020 than 2019, with lockdown keeping drivers at home with their cars
9 Jun 2021
UK motorway EV charging network sold to Gridserve
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UK motorway EV charging network sold to Gridserve

The Hitachi-backed company, which already owned a 25 percent stake in the network, has bought the rest of business from Ecotricity
9 Jun 2021
The M6 toll: prices and alternatives explained
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The M6 toll: prices and alternatives explained

The the M6 toll can save you valuable time if you want to avoid congestion through Birmingham
9 Jun 2021
Government offers £200k for ‘iconic’ EV chargepoint design
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Government offers £200k for ‘iconic’ EV chargepoint design

Office for Zero Emission Vehicles seeks design that will make public EV chargers “a piece of iconic British street furniture”
7 Jun 2021
Free car insurance for people getting vaccine
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Free car insurance for people getting vaccine

Three hours’ temporary insurance cover given away; drivers need only email a picture of the vaccination card to redeem offer
7 Jun 2021
Birmingham clean air zone launches with 100,000 drivers affected
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Birmingham clean air zone launches with 100,000 drivers affected

Motoring organisations warn many drivers of non-compliant vehicles in Birmingham won’t be able to afford to upgrade to a newer, cleaner model
31 May 2021
Car insurance boost for drivers as 'loyalty pricing' is outlawed
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Car insurance boost for drivers as 'loyalty pricing' is outlawed

Insurers will have to offer renewing customers the same quotes as new ones from January 2022
28 May 2021
Volvo issues seatbelt recall that “removes” safety component
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Volvo issues seatbelt recall that “removes” safety component

Pretensioners are replaced with fixed anchorage points in a recall affecting 2.2m Volvo cars worldwide
25 May 2021
Toyota to combat UK catalytic converter theft via covert markings
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Toyota to combat UK catalytic converter theft via covert markings

Toyota and Lexus will be covertly marking 100,000 catalytic converters on older cars to allow the parts to be traced following a theft
14 May 2021
70% of drivers broke 30mph speed limits in lockdown
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70% of drivers broke 30mph speed limits in lockdown

Government statistics show March 2020 lockdown brought a huge increase in the proportion of car drivers speeding in 30mph zones
12 May 2021
Young drivers face disproportionate risk of death on country roads
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Young drivers face disproportionate risk of death on country roads

Rural roads see 71 per cent of all road fatalities among young drivers, compared to 57 per cent among wider population
11 May 2021
Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers
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Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers

UK drivers are in favour of average speed cameras on motorways despite the majority admitting to breaking 70mph limit
10 May 2021
Hands-free driving to be legal in the UK this year
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Hands-free driving to be legal in the UK this year

Advanced lane-keep assist will allow drivers of certain cars to take their hands off the wheel at speeds of up to 37mph on motorways by the end of 202…
27 Apr 2021
“Smart motorways are the safer option, we all need to look at the facts”
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“Smart motorways are the safer option, we all need to look at the facts”

Hugo Griffiths sees too much emotion bound up in the debate over smart motorways when factual analysis is needed.
23 Apr 2021