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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

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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
Increased speed limits help to cut accidents
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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
Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Speed limit to be cut to 60mph on M1
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Can I drive my car during the Covid-19 lockdown?

England is coming out of its third lockdown, with the rest of the UK in a similar position - what does this mean for drivers?
6 Apr 2021
Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry
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Covid-19: what it means for motorists and the car industry

Everything you need to know about how Covid-19 affects cars, motorists and the car industry in the UK
6 Apr 2021
Take the 2021 Driver Power survey and you could win £100
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Take the 2021 Driver Power survey and you could win £100

Tell us about your car in the 2021 Driver Power survey, you’ll be entered into a prize draw where we’re giving away three £100 Amazon vouchers every m…
22 Mar 2021
Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car
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Euro 7 standards: EU considers lifetime surveillance of every new car

Cars could feed data to the EU every second they are being driven; rules could also force hybrids into EV mode, while MoT test results could be affect…
5 Mar 2021
Flying cars: Urban Air Port gains Government backing
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Flying cars: Urban Air Port gains Government backing

A company developing aviation infrastructure for electric and autonomous air vehicles has backing of UK Government and Hyundai
28 Jan 2021
Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown
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Current car usage at similar levels to May 2020 despite lockdown

New data suggests 10 per cent more cars are being used in the UK now than during the first lockdown in March 2020
13 Jan 2021
Exclusive: Police failing to act on illegal car number plates
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Exclusive: Police failing to act on illegal car number plates

DVLA can rescind illegal plates using a ‘two-strike’ rule, but our investigation shows this rarely happens
31 Dec 2020
London Congestion Charge explained
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London Congestion Charge explained

All the facts about the £15 charge for driving into central London including a map, how to pay and how to check if you need to...
16 Dec 2020
MoT test changes to get tough on emissions and safety kit
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MoT test changes to get tough on emissions and safety kit

DVSA says reducing emissions will help meet climate-change targets and improve air quality; MoT tests will also be updated to check modern safety kit
15 Dec 2020
Green number plates for electric cars arrive
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Green number plates for electric cars arrive

New and used EVs can now wear number plates with green flashes
8 Dec 2020
Half of UK cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate-change goals
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Half of UK cars must be electric by 2030 to meet climate-change goals

Climate Change Committee says that as well as banning sales of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, 46% of all cars - or 16 million vehicles - on the…
4 Dec 2020
Almost half England’s major road bridges are in ‘poor’ condition
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Almost half England’s major road bridges are in ‘poor’ condition

Highways England data reveals the perilous state of 4,000 of England’s 9,000 road bridges
3 Dec 2020
Tesla ‘Full Self-Driving beta’ released but drivers must pay constant attention to the road
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Tesla ‘Full Self-Driving beta’ released but drivers must pay constant attention to the road

Controversial move by Californian EV maker follows criticism from road safety experts of the naming of its driver assistance systems
22 Oct 2020
UK petrol and diesel prices: 5p drop due in next fortnitght
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UK petrol and diesel prices: 5p drop due in next fortnitght

Petrol and diesel prices remained steady in October, but experts say second lockdown should drive prices down soon
4 Oct 2020
UK needs £16.7bn electric car charging investment to hit 2035 goals
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UK needs £16.7bn electric car charging investment to hit 2035 goals

The sale of internal combustion engined cars is set to be banned within 15 years, but vast investment is required to make electric motoring feasible.
3 Sep 2020
Bank holiday traffic: staycations cause busiest weekend of the year
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Bank holiday traffic: staycations cause busiest weekend of the year

An estimated 18 million leisure trips will be taken during August bank holiday weekend, 1.8 million more than last year
26 Aug 2020
Electric cars are cheaper to own than petrol cars
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Electric cars are cheaper to own than petrol cars

Research suggests it’s more cost-effective to buy a new electric car and run it for its lifetime than it is to do so with a new petrol or diesel car
16 Jul 2020
UK speed camera locations chosen on revenue raising potential
Motorists now accept speed cameras
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UK speed camera locations chosen on revenue raising potential

Police watchdog voices concerns that camera locations are chosen as “good hunting grounds” to raise money from fines, rather than to improve safety
16 Jul 2020
Dads drive faster than mums, kids say
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Dads drive faster than mums, kids say

Children think their fathers are better drivers than their mothers, but say dad drives too fast and is more susceptible to road rage
15 Jul 2020
Tesla Autopilot slammed as “especially misleading” by UK safety experts
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Tesla Autopilot slammed as “especially misleading” by UK safety experts

Following a criticism by a German court that Tesla’s driver assistance systems are marketed incorrectly, UK safety experts express similar concerns
15 Jul 2020