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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
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
3 Jul 2020
Six-month MoT extension ends on 1 August
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Six-month MoT extension ends on 1 August

Department for Transport ends MoT extension on 1 August; cars due an MoT before that date still get extra six months
29 Jun 2020
BMW and Mercedes pause autonomous car partnership
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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
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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
Seven-month extension for photocard driving licences
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Seven-month extension for photocard driving licences

An estimated 1.4 million drivers who would otherwise have had to renew their photocards have been granted an automatic extension
3 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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Pop-up chargepoints solve urban electric car problems
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Pop-up chargepoints solve urban electric car problems

Urban Electric’s pop-up charging hubs give electric car drivers without a driveway the ability to easily charge their cars at home
28 Apr 2020
Whiplash fraud reforms delayed due to coronavirus
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Whiplash fraud reforms delayed due to coronavirus

Proposals from Ministry of Justice were set to save drivers £35 a year, but have been postponed due to COVID-19
22 Apr 2020
EVs responsible for three times less CO2 than petrol and diesel cars
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EVs responsible for three times less CO2 than petrol and diesel cars

New data shows that electric cars in Europe generate three times less CO2 on average than their internal combustion counterparts
21 Apr 2020
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UK vehicle ownership passes 40 million mark
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UK vehicle ownership passes 40 million mark

There are now more than 40 million vehicles registered for use in the UK, including over 35 million cars
21 Apr 2020
21% rise in over-90s surrendering driving licences
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21% rise in over-90s surrendering driving licences

Experts suggest the Duke of Edinburgh’s car accident last year may have contributed to a spike in over-90s voluntarily giving up driving
20 Apr 2020
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VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds
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VW emissions scandal: VW installed ‘defeat devices’ in thousands of cars, High Court finds

The UK’s High Court has ruled that VW installed devices to cheat emissions tests in thousands of its cars
6 Apr 2020
Carmakers push European Commission to change CO2 targets in wake of coronavirus 
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Carmakers push European Commission to change CO2 targets in wake of coronavirus 

Combination of tight CO2 targets and closed dealerships see car makers ask EC “for a delay in the application of certain rules”
2 Apr 2020
Should you buy or lease your new car?
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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…
19 Mar 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 charge, along with guidance on appealing a fine
18 Mar 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 is changing
17 Mar 2020
Drones and e-scooters to be tested by Government in major UK cities
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Drones and e-scooters to be tested by Government in major UK cities

Government to spend £90 million on three new future transport zones, where innovations such as drones and e-scooters will be tested.
16 Mar 2020
Government renews but reduces grants for home and workplace EV chargers
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Government renews but reduces grants for home and workplace EV chargers

People and businesses installing EV chargers will be able to claim grants for another year, but at reduced rates
13 Mar 2020
Budget 2020: fuel duty frozen, plug-in car grant extended, transport investments announced
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Budget 2020: fuel duty frozen, plug-in car grant extended, transport investments announced

No rise in fuel duty, continuation of plug-in car grant, plus extra funding for building roads and filling potholes.
12 Mar 2020
Dynamic smart motorways axed
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Dynamic smart motorways axed

Review into smart motorways results in dynamic hard shoulders being scrapped in favour of permanent all-lane running roads.
12 Mar 2020
Consultation to be held into banning pavement parking
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Consultation to be held into banning pavement parking

The Department for Transport has announced a consultation into banning drivers from parking on pavements
12 Mar 2020
Drivers could pay £2,135 a year in road tax
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Drivers could pay £2,135 a year in road tax

Treasury plots retrospective VED hikes as Government wants to link annual road tax system for cars registered since April 2017 to CO2 emissions
11 Mar 2020
E10 petrol to be UK standard by 2021, but won’t work in older cars
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E10 petrol to be UK standard by 2021, but won’t work in older cars

Government consultation has launched on making E10 petrol with 10% ethanol the default unleaded grade
10 Mar 2020