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Road Safety Investigations Branch announced by Department for Transport
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Road Safety Investigations Branch announced by Department for Transport

A new independent body modelled on the Air, Marine and Rail Investigation Branches aims to cut UK road casualties
30 Jun 2022
Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022
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Rising electricity prices to cost car brands £90m in 2022

High energy prices are hurting car brands at a time when other costs are growing as a result of the switch to electric cars
28 Jun 2022
Dangerous drivers who cause death could face life in prison
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Dangerous drivers who cause death could face life in prison

A new law makes causing death by careless driving equivalent to manslaughter, with tougher potential sentencing
27 Jun 2022
Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny
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Laws for remote control driving under scrutiny

UK Law Commission consults on legal options as public trials of remote control driving tech loom
23 Jun 2022
Mercedes recalls ML, GL and R-Class due to braking issue
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Mercedes recalls ML, GL and R-Class due to braking issue

Mercedes says rust could cause affect the brake booster on three older models and has issued a recall
6 Jun 2022
UK new car sales: second-weakest May since 1992
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UK new car sales: second-weakest May since 1992

UK new car registrations down 20.6 per cent to 124,394 units, as semiconductor shortage continues to cause trouble
6 Jun 2022
VW settles ‘class action’ over dieselgate for £193m
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VW settles ‘class action’ over dieselgate for £193m

91,000 drivers - and lawyers - to share payout after Volkswagen opts to avoid court hearing
25 May 2022

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Tory no-show at ‘fair fuel prices’ debate sparked by 102k-signature petition
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Tory no-show at ‘fair fuel prices’ debate sparked by 102k-signature petition

As the public calls for action, the treasury points to ‘savings’ from a 2010 fuel price escalator freeze
24 May 2022
Speeding to be recorded as a cause of many more car accidents
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Speeding to be recorded as a cause of many more car accidents

New police guidance for reporting will see a big rise in speeding recorded as a cause of car crashes
17 May 2022
World’s car bosses fear supply chain crisis will slow electric car production
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World’s car bosses fear supply chain crisis will slow electric car production

Leading industry figures warn of looming problems at Financial Times’ Car of the Future Summit.
13 May 2022
Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads
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Privately owned e-scooters to be legalised for use on public roads

Transport minister announces plans to create new vehicle category for e-scooters as part of upcoming Transport Bill
12 May 2022
Bugs Away! Number plate spatter-count reveals shocking insect decline
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Bugs Away! Number plate spatter-count reveals shocking insect decline

Bugs Matter project shows flying insect numbers have fallen by almost 60 per cent in 20 years
5 May 2022
Government invests £300k in exhaust noise detection tech
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Government invests £300k in exhaust noise detection tech

A new trial of noise cameras will see owners of cars with illegally modified loud exhausts targeted
3 May 2022
MoT changes could see tests required every two years instead of annually
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MoT changes could see tests required every two years instead of annually

A new plan to help ease the cost of living crisis would make roads “more dangerous”, critics say
27 Apr 2022
Fossils fuels are the problem not combustion engines, experts say
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Fossils fuels are the problem not combustion engines, experts say

Mechanical Engineering Industry Association criticises EU plan for phasing out of internal combustion engines in cars
25 Apr 2022
Osprey launches accessible public electric car charging site design
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Osprey launches accessible public electric car charging site design

New Osprey electric car charging stations feature counterweighted cables and screens that are easier to read from various angles
25 Apr 2022
New Green NCAP emissions ratings cast doubt on electric cars’ green credentials
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New Green NCAP emissions ratings cast doubt on electric cars’ green credentials

New ratings comparing whole life car emissions show little difference between many electric and internal combustion engined cars
21 Apr 2022
Gap between electric car ownership and charging provision grows
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Gap between electric car ownership and charging provision grows

Official figures reveal 29 per cent more electric vehicles were sold in March 2022 than new public chargers were installed
21 Apr 2022
Speed limiters could be fitted to all new cars under EU ruling
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Speed limiters could be fitted to all new cars under EU ruling

Concerns over “Big Brother in your cockpit” as speeding drivers could hear alarms or see engine power reduced
19 Apr 2022
Exclusive: more than 280,000 speeding fines cancelled in 2021
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Exclusive: more than 280,000 speeding fines cancelled in 2021

Over one in seven speeding tickets were cancelled in 2021, with administrative errors and stolen vehicles among the most common reasons
13 Apr 2022
VED road tax: how much does it cost?
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VED road tax: how much does it cost?

Confused by VED road tax? Our comprehensive guide explains how much you'll pay on your next car
4 Apr 2022
Company car tax guide 2022/2023: everything you need to know
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Company car tax guide 2022/2023: everything you need to know

Company car tax is bound up in a complex net of emissions, salaries and a car's value; we explain how the system looks for the 2022/23 Financial Year
4 Apr 2022
Check your car's mileage and MoT history
UK MoT tests could become less stringent
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Check your car's mileage and MoT history

A Government website allows users to find the entire MoT history of any vehicle plus other details free of charge
1 Feb 2022
Delayed trailer test law changes come into force
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Delayed trailer test law changes come into force

You no longer need to take an extra test to tow a trailer, irrespective of when you passed your driving test
17 Dec 2021
Gridserve announces raft of new motorway electric car charging hubs
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Gridserve announces raft of new motorway electric car charging hubs

Gridserve planning a total of 20 Electric Hubs and six Electric Forecourts, with 13 sites already under construction
9 Dec 2021
Stellantis plans huge revenues with new software-driven cars
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Stellantis plans huge revenues with new software-driven cars

Stellantis says it’ll rake in more than €20 billion in annual revenues by 2030 thanks to its new technology and subscription services
7 Dec 2021
Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos
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Dashcam-upload portal reports spike in ‘dangerous driving’ videos

Big increase in citizen policing on British roads pays dividends for hard-pressed police forces
25 Nov 2021
Prime Minister to confirm plans for electric car chargers in every new home built in UK
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Prime Minister to confirm plans for electric car chargers in every new home built in UK

England will be the first country in the world to introduce mandatory electric car charging points for new-build homes
22 Nov 2021
Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen
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Autumn Budget 2021: fuel duty frozen

Chancellor of the Exchequer announces that fuel duty will remain frozen once again in light of high petrol prices
27 Oct 2021
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
Over 5.5m cars had MoTs delayed under Covid extension
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Over 5.5m cars had MoTs delayed under Covid extension

More than a fifth of drivers took advantage of MoT extension, with motorists warned MoT bookings will be in high demand this September
8 Aug 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
Thatcham approved devices and crash tests explained
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Thatcham approved devices and crash tests explained

Thatcham studies crashes, rates alarms and sets insurance groups to help cut drivers’ costs. We find out how
11 May 2021
Breakdowns following pothole strikes surge by highest rate ever seen
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Breakdowns following pothole strikes surge by highest rate ever seen

Report shows 37 per cent increase over the last quarter, as breakdown firm warns roads “are like the surface of the moon”
20 Apr 2021