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27 March 2015 at 10:23

An ultra low emission zone is to be introduced in central London in 2020 in a bid to tackle air pollution, yet motoring groups believe drivers could be unfairly penalised. The scheme, confirmed by Mayor Boris Johnson, will require vehicles driving in the congestion charge zone to meet new emission standards all day, every day, or pay a charge.Cars, motorbikes and vans which do not meet the ult...

27 March 2015 at 10:23

Motorists in the North West are being given a parting gift of less congested roads from the Highways Agency.Drivers setting their journey planners to the region will benefit from the agency's £5.75 million technology investment being completed early next week.This will not only help them combat congestion but also provide improved data throughout the area - with CCTV cameras coming to the fore....

27 March 2015 at 10:23

Road workers will take a break over Easter to improve bank holiday journey times for motorists. The Highways Agency, which is set to become Highways England from April 1, has set itself the target of completing or lifting 209 sets of roadworks on motorways and major A-roads across England by April 2.It means 97% of its 9,534-mile network will be free of roadworks in time for what is always a b...

27 March 2015 at 10:23

Tyre checks should be just as much a part of the Easter holiday as chocolate eggs, a safety group has suggested.TyreSafe said that this practice can greatly enhance motorists' chances of arriving at their Easter destination safely during the busy holiday weekend.The not-for-profit group said the spare wheel should be among such checks.Failure to do so could leave drivers at risk of calling on t...

27 March 2015 at 10:23

One of the most iconic vehicles to wear a Volkswagen badge is getting ready to celebrate its 60th birthday in style. VW Classic in Germany has lent VW Heritage in the UK three of its Karmann Ghia prototypes especially for the VolksWorld Show this weekend, which is taking place at Sandown Park in Surrey.Described by American industrial designer Walter Dowin Teague as one of the world's most bea...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

New breakdown figures released by the RAC suggest potholes still "cast a cloud" over the quality of our roads. The volume of suspension spring error-related RAC call-outs to motorists taking advantage of their breakdown cover was up 82% to almost 7,500 over January and February - despite it being a fairly mild winter. The figure contrasts with 4,000 cases in the same period last year and 5,60...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Almost half of all road accidents in Scotland involve new motorists, according to new research. The latest New to the Road statistics underline why young drivers generally pay the highest car insurance premiums - and the RAC claims the problem must be addressed through earlier driving education and a modernisation of the driving test.The Scottish road safety campaigner's study showed that 49% ...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Motorists will reap considerable benefits from £11 billion worth of major road upgrades between next week and 2020, Highways England has promised. The new Government-owned firm says drivers will enjoy 280 additional miles of motorway being added to the existing 4,300-mile network.These will form part of 112 major upgrades on major A-roads and motorways when Highways England replaces the Highwa...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Driver-free cars have the potential to create over 300,000 new jobs, the motor sector's trade association is announcing. Attendees at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) inaugural SMMTConnected event in London will hear about some unexpected benefits brought by the progressive technology.In addition, autonomous, connected and driverless motors will slash the rate of serious ...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

As many as 1,000 jobs could be created by a state-of-the-art, taxi-manufacturing plant in Coventry. Geely says the £250 million, 85,000 sq-metre, high-tech plant will help to research, develop and assemble a new generation of ultra-low emission electric London Black Cabs.The Chinese car-making giant, whose models include the world-famous London taxi, intends to have an eventual manufacturing c...

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