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27 February 2015 at 12:02

From late March, low-level motoring offenders can make their pleas online to save time and money. The Government's new Make A Plea digital service will offer this alternative to drivers who have committed 'minor' motoring crimes. These include driving with no insurance and speeding. Shailesh Vara, the Courts Minister, says the Government's £160 million courtroom dig...

27 February 2015 at 12:02

The Highways Agency is using a debt recovery firm to obtain fines from almost 19,000 foreign drivers who have not paid to use the Dartford River Crossing. A total of 130,306 motorists avoided paying to use the bridge over the Thames and the tunnel under the river while driving on the M25 in December - and 18,716 of them were from overseas.Toll booths have not been used since the end of Novembe...

27 February 2015 at 12:02

MPs are out of touch with motorists and other road users - especially those outside London - the shadow transport secretary has claimed.Michael Dugher says politicians need to speak more to this large section of society to find out exactly what is going on.The Barnsley East MP said that most members drive in and around the capital, so their own transport system knowledge remains unrepresentativ...

27 February 2015 at 12:02

Motoring journalists have crowned the BMW i8 hybrid sports Performance Car of the Year and UK Car of the Year 2015. A panel of 27 top motoring journalists decide the winners of 12 categories in the UK Car of the Year Awards, before landing on an overall winner.There hasn't been a hybrid model quite as good as the i8, according to the managing director of the awards John Challen. Mr Challen, ...

27 February 2015 at 12:02

Motorists in the market for a touch of nostalgia will love the launch of a new auction house next week. CCA debuts at the Silverstone circuit next Tuesday, March 3 with 88 lots to kick off with.It aims to offer an "affordable", "fresh" outlet for motorists who want to start or maintain their interest in the booming classic car industry. And o rganisers promise that classic lovers heading to th...

26 February 2015 at 12:19

Emergency services could save vital minutes thanks to a new Government-funded digital navigation system. Robert Goodwill, the Transport Minister, has announced a £3 million investment in a central supermap which should assist 999 and councils throughout the country.The scheme will give emergency services and local authorities Ordnance Survey-generated digital road maps, providing them with the...

26 February 2015 at 12:19

Male drivers are more likely to break the law by using a mobile phone while behind the wheel, according to new research. Official figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show that in England and Scotland 1.7% of male motorists are likely to use a phone while driving, compared with 1.3% of women.Transport Minister Robert Goodwill says the mobile phone figures demonstrate that some drive...

26 February 2015 at 12:19

Whisky could soon be a legal part of the driving process - but the only thing over the limit will be motorists' engines. A Scottish university scientist has invented the world's first commercial feasible biofuel made from the spirit's by-products. Napier University's Martin Tangney hopes that drivers will one day put the "green" fuel into their tanks instead of conventional petrol. The so-ca...

26 February 2015 at 12:19

Motorists are being urged to 'think pink' and help raise cash for breast cancer research.Drivers with cars, vans and trucks in all shades of the colour are invited to the Simply Pink rally - due to be staged at Beaulieu in Hampshire on May 31.Proceeds from the event will go towards the Breast Cancer Campaign.It may not be the most common sight on the road, but pink has long been a colour opted ...

25 February 2015 at 11:21

Over a third of parents want to see the legal minimum driving age raised to 20. The RAC says such a system would be "unworkable", calling instead for motoring education to start in the school classroom.New research from Asda Money shows 35% of 1,054 mothers and fathers think driving tests should be delayed by a minimum three years. They say the current 17-year-old threshold means young driver...

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