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Treasury eyes up road pricing to plug £30bn fuel-duty gap
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Treasury eyes up road pricing to plug £30bn fuel-duty gap

The UK’s Petrol and diesel car ban will bring with it huge losses for the Treasury as fuel-duty revenue dries up; road pricing looks set to be the sol…
17 Nov 2020
Road bosses approve 138 miles of new smart motorway with no hard shoulder
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Road bosses approve 138 miles of new smart motorway with no hard shoulder

Nine new sections of all-lane running smart motorway are set to open despite concerns over the lack of a hard shoulder
9 Nov 2020
Fiat-Chrysler faces £5bn UK lawsuit over defeat devices
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Fiat-Chrysler faces £5bn UK lawsuit over defeat devices

Around half a million FCA-engined vehicles in England and Wales could be affected by diesel emissions scandal, says law firm
27 Oct 2020
Dash cam portal saves 170,000 hours of police time in two years
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Dash cam portal saves 170,000 hours of police time in two years

Nextbase's National Dash Cam Safety Portal is used by 33 police forces and has recorded more than 20,000 uploads
21 Oct 2020
All mobile phone use behind the wheel to be banned
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All mobile phone use behind the wheel to be banned

A Government consultation seeks to update UK law in line with modern technology and close loopholes allowing drivers to take pictures and video at the…
16 Oct 2020
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
25 Sep 2020
Dartford Crossing toll: follow our guide and avoid a fine!
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Dartford Crossing toll: follow our guide and avoid a fine!

Read our complete Dartford Crossing guide for when and how to pay the Dart Charge, along with guidance on appealing a fine
25 Sep 2020

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Should you buy or lease your new car?

Should you buy or lease your new car? That is the big question facing millions of people who are eyeing up a new set of wheels, we talk you through th…
23 Sep 2020
Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know
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Company car tax guide 2019/2020: everything you need to know

Strict new emissions tests will affect how much company car tax we pay. Here we look at how the system has changed
23 Sep 2020
Killer drivers will face life sentences from 2021
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Killer drivers will face life sentences from 2021

Government promises to introduce legislation to reform sentencing for drivers who cause death or serious injury next year
14 Sep 2020
Over half of drivers break 30mph limits
Increased speed limits helps to cut accidents
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Over half of drivers break 30mph limits

Official figures show drivers are most likely to break 30mph limits, closely followed by 70mph motorway limits
9 Sep 2020
Driving licence validity extended for 11 months
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Driving licence validity extended for 11 months

Move follows seven-month extension announced in June; photocard licences expiring between 1 February and 31 December 2020 get automatic 11-month exten…
1 Sep 2020
Private parking firms face Government crackdown
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Private parking firms face Government crackdown

New proposals will introduce a cap on fines, a 10-minute grace period, major and minor offences, plus increased maximum fines
1 Sep 2020
Government weighs up ban on pavement parking
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Government weighs up ban on pavement parking

Consultation into parking on pavements considers three options, as practice puts people with disabilities, and others, in danger
1 Sep 2020
Government teams up with supermarkets to map potholes
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Government teams up with supermarkets to map potholes

Audit of perilous state of UK’s roads will be bolstered by data from Tesco, Ocado, Uber and Deliveroo
28 Aug 2020
Women at greater risk of injury and death in drink-drive accidents
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Women at greater risk of injury and death in drink-drive accidents

Women are only behind the wheel in 20 per cent of drink-drive accidents, but account for 34 per cent of casualties
27 Aug 2020
Over four million motorists at risk of expired MoTs
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Over four million motorists at risk of expired MoTs

MoT extension scheme has caused spike in number of vehicles needing MoT test in the next three months; those driving a car with expired MoT risk £1,00…
27 Aug 2020
London and Cardiff authorities take £58.2m fines from moving traffic offences
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London and Cardiff authorities take £58.2m fines from moving traffic offences

London and Cardiff see 25 per cent rise in money from fines for stopping in a yellow box junction, making an illegal turn or driving down a no entry
18 Aug 2020
Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday
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Six-month MoT extension ends on Saturday

Department for Transport ends MoT extension on Saturday 1 August; cars due an MoT before that date still get extra six months
29 Jul 2020
Number of road deaths remain virtually unchanged since 2012
Accident boards to stop rubbernecking
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Number of road deaths remain virtually unchanged since 2012

The latest provisional figures suggest road deaths have remained virtually unchanged for years, prompting criticism from motoring groups
20 Jul 2020
Deaths on UK’s major road network reach eight-year high
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Deaths on UK’s major road network reach eight-year high

Official figures reveal an increase in fatalities on Strategic Road Network, with collisions costing over £1 billion in a year
7 Jul 2020
BMW and Mercedes pause autonomous car partnership
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BMW

BMW and Mercedes pause autonomous car partnership

German firms had previously agreed to work together on Level 4 self-driving systems, plans that have been paused following a "mutual and amicable agre…
19 Jun 2020
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
5 Jun 2020
Concerns as rise of connected cars coincides with sharp increase in cyber attacks
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Concerns as rise of connected cars coincides with sharp increase in cyber attacks

Some 67 per cent of new cars registered in the UK are ‘connected’, with automotive cyber attacks rising rapidly
27 May 2020
Driving eyesight rules explained
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Driving eyesight rules explained

What is the minimum vision standard required to drive on UK roads? And how can you check your own eyesight before driving?
26 May 2020
Calls for car dealerships to reopen as closures costs Treasury £61 million a day
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Calls for car dealerships to reopen as closures costs Treasury £61 million a day

Every day dealers remain closed costs the Treasury £20 million in lost tax revenue, and £41 million in furlough payments
21 May 2020
Euro NCAP crash tests undergo “biggest change in a decade”
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Euro NCAP crash tests undergo “biggest change in a decade”

The crash test overhaul addresses weight disparities by assessing if large cars damage smaller ones too much - many other changes introduced too.
20 May 2020
European cars subject to 10% import tariffs from 2021
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European cars subject to 10% import tariffs from 2021

UK will default to World Trade Organisation rules from 1 January 2021 unless a a free trade agreement is struck with the EU
19 May 2020
Electronic Stability Programme prevents half a million accidents
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Electronic Stability Programme prevents half a million accidents

In the 25 years since ESP was introduced, half a million accidents have been prevented and 15,000 lives have been saved
19 May 2020
Electronics make up 40% of a new car’s cost
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Electronics make up 40% of a new car’s cost

Cost of car electronics see sharp rise over recent years, and are projected to make up half of the cost of a new car by 2030
18 May 2020
Kia says July car sales could be back to normal
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Kia says July car sales could be back to normal

Kia Europe boss Emilio Herrera also calls for government support to boost sales
7 May 2020
Twice as many cars needing new batteries during lockdown
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Twice as many cars needing new batteries during lockdown

Many drivers are only using their cars for short trips during lockdown, meaning a spike in demand for replacement car batteries
5 May 2020
Pothole-related breakdowns increased 20 per cent in Q4 2019
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Pothole-related breakdowns increased 20 per cent in Q4 2019

There has been a 4.5 per cent increase in the number of pothole-related breakdowns in the first quarter of 2020
1 May 2020
Almost 9,500 drivers on UK’s roads have 12 penalty points
Driver with second highest points doesn't have licence
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Almost 9,500 drivers on UK’s roads have 12 penalty points

Drivers with more than 12 penalty points usually face disqualification for at least six months, but there 9,349 UK drivers with exemptions to this rul…
29 Apr 2020