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27 January 2015 at 12:53

Hundreds of learner drivers have hired impersonators to sit their tests in a bid to cheat their way to a licence, figures show.The number of cases of driving test fraud investigated so far in 2014/15 sits at 677 - exceeding the 554 total recorded in the previous financial year.The deception involves persuading a lookalike to sit a theory or practical test on behalf of the actual learner.Some 18...

27 January 2015 at 12:53

Drivers face more treacherous conditions with several inches of snow expected to fall in parts of the UK.Wednesday night could see temperatures as low as minus 10C, with a yellow warning issued by the Met Office for large swathes of England.The North West all the way to East Anglia has been warned of disruption on the roads, while health chiefs have called for people to take more care in the ba...

27 January 2015 at 12:53

Those under the age of 25 are more likely to drink and drive than older motorists, new figures suggest. The data revealed by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) shows that during the annual anti-drink-drive initiative over the Christmas period 28,228 drivers under the age of 25 gave roadside breath tests and a little over 6% of them failed (1,788).Over the same period 74,327 people...

27 January 2015 at 12:53

What's in a name? A question many car owners may have considered as a fleet of increasingly unwieldy names is released onto the market.Renault is now joining the fray, with its new KadJar following the Bentley Bentayga and the Jaguar F-Pace. Appealing to French speakers, the "Kad" part of the moniker derives from the Continental "quad", implying off-road ability. Meanwhile the "Jar" part is ap...

27 January 2015 at 12:53

The introduction of new speed cameras on the A9 in Scotland has dramatically reduced the number of motorists speeding. Around a third of drivers drove over the limit before the cameras were installed - now just one in 20 do it - Police Scotland says.In the last three months there has been a 97% reduction in the number of motorists found to be driving 10mph faster than the speed limit on one st...

26 January 2015 at 10:27

Comedian Rowan Atkinson has put his F1 McLaren super car up for sale - though the price tag is likely to be no laughing matter.Car fans will need to have a substantial bank balance to afford the vehicle owned by the Mr Bean actor.Even the repair bill for the car was reportedly around £1 million when the star crashed a few years ago, the highest recorded in the UK at the time.The super car spun ...

26 January 2015 at 10:27

Councils have paid out more than £3 million to drivers over damage caused to their vehicles by potholes, the RAC Foundation has said.Some 48,664 claims were received by 200 councils in Britain in the 2013/14 financial year, up from 46,139 the previous year, figures obtained via freedom of information requests have revealed.But most claims were rejected by local authorities in England, Wales and...

26 January 2015 at 10:27

Top Gear's mysterious driver The Stig is big in Europe in more than one way. A huge nine-metre statue of the anonymous test driver has been loaded onto a truck in preparation for a tour across Europe as part of a promotion for a new BBC channel.The figure, complete with trademark crash helmet and crossed arms pose, was loaded onto the flat-bed truck at the Top Gear headquarters at Dunsfold in ...

26 January 2015 at 10:27

Honda promised fans of its CR-V model a more refined yet dynamic drive, as it unveiled a host of enhancements to the compact SUV. The CR-V is a strong favourite in Europe, with sales topping 750,000 since its launch.Now in its fourth generation, Honda is hoping the motor's appeal will be further broadened by the added enhancements, helping the company to beat its sales figure of almost 50,000 m...

26 January 2015 at 10:27

Work to improve the M5 is getting under way in Devon, as part of a major Highways Agency pinch-point scheme.Junction 30, four miles east of Exeter, suffers from heavy congestion and delays during peak periods.The exit slip road on the southbound side will be widened to four lanes on its approach to the roundabout, helping filter traffic off the motorway."Intelligent" traffic signals will also b...

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