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02 July 2015 at 14:38

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says air pollution hit dangerous levels on Wednesday. It was the hottest July day on record in the UK, with the mercury topping 36.7C (98F), resulting in moderate pollution across most of England.Dangerously high levels were measured in Eastern England, the East Midlands and the South East, while levels in the West Midlands were al...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Nearly half of the vans being driven on UK roads are overloaded, research for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles suggests.That means more than 1.2 million vehicles could be exceeding their maximum weight limits, with potentially dangerous consequences.Almost 50% of UK businesses do not monitor the weights of their company vehicles, while 53% of drivers are unaware of their vehicle's maximum load ca...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Dover-bound motorists faced a fourth day of queues in the heat as the Government moved to try and end the Calais crossing crisis. Theresa May is set for talks with her French opposite in Paris after striking French ferry staff caused yet more disruption either side of the English Channel.The Home Secretary is meeting Bernard Cazeneuve as drivers queue on Kent's M20 for Channel Tunnel access.Th...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Motorists who've always fancied themselves as Grand Prix stars got a chance to put their skills to the test - against a former Formula One champion. They raced at speeds touching 200mph on an absorbing virtually reality gaming challenge with 360-degree capability.Standing in their way at London's Canary Wharf Plazza on Wednesday afternoon was 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button. The challenge was ...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

The heatwave has been playing havoc with the cars of Britain's motorists, the RAC has revealed. A huge rise in the amount of reported, heat-related breakdowns was evident on Tuesday. Cooling system errors alone rose by 102%, while the amount of burst cylinder head gasket problems escalated by 82%. It also seems that drivers are getting hot under the collar metaphorically, as well as physical...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Motorists are finding it more difficult to extract discounts at new car showrooms than a year ago, What Car? suggests. On average, drivers buying a car could expect to knock an extra £204 off the price of a vehicle this time last year, compared with now.This means that the typical discount has fallen to £2,360 from £2,564, according to What Car? magazine.It found that whereas last year, buyers...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Coastguards are handing out food and water supplies to stranded lorry drivers on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.A strike by French ferry workers is continuing to cause disruption to cross-Channel services, with huge tailbacks on the M20 in Kent.On Monday, MyFerryLink workers blockaded the Port of Calais for the second time in a week in protest at expected job cuts.Ke...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Volvo's all-new XC90 SUV has been named the Auto Express Car of the Year. The success comes 12 years after the first generation model took the crown. Like its predecessor, the newcomer, described as "one of the best cars in the world" by the voting panel, ticks all of the right boxes.It won points for its driveability and comfort, while its looks - both inside and outside - also scored highly....

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Thousands of drivers have been given a glimpse into the benefits of specially-adapted vehicles at a star-studded roadshow. Donington Park in Derby's Castle Donington was the setting for the three-day Mobility Roadshow , which this year incorporated Get Going Live!The latter is specially tailored to new and young disabled motorists who wish to find out more about modified vehicles. Stars such ...

30 June 2015 at 14:55

Commuters are being warned to expect disruption to their journeys as the temperature carries on climbing.Temperatures are forecast to reach 30C on Tuesday, before climbing as high as 35C on Wednesday.Motorists - particularly those travelling with the elderly, young children or people with breathing problems - are advised to check their routes and use a journey planner before setting off to cut ...

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