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03 March 2015 at 13:33

The new Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been put through its paces deep under the streets of capital. Jaguar Land Rover's new premium compact SUV - still something of a closely-g uarded secret in motoring circles - negotiated a series of obstacles in the soon-to-be active tunnels of London's Crossrail scheme. It really was uncharted territory for the much-anticipated 4x4, and as far as it c...

03 March 2015 at 13:33

The Volkswagen Passat has been named 'Car of the Year 2015' by an international panel of experts on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show. The prestigious European award has been awarded every year since 1964. The Passat emerged from a shortlist of seven models that were tested, compared and evaluated by a group of 58 motoring writers from 22 nations.Among the qualities they were look...

02 March 2015 at 11:02

Motorists driving under the influence of drugs face tougher punishments from Monday. New regulations - which include legal limits for eight illegal drugs and eight prescription drugs - mean there will be virtually zero-tolerance for drivers caught with substances like heroin, cocaine and cannabis in their system.Officers will use "drugalysers" to screen for cannabis and cocaine at the roadside...

02 March 2015 at 11:02

The Government has been accused of failing to get tough on drivers who use mobile phones illegally at the wheel. Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport believes Prime Minister David Cameron and Roads Minster Robert Goodwill do not want to bring in stricter laws ahead of the upcoming general election, as it would not be a vote winner.Speaking to the BBC Radio 5 live breakfast show sh...

02 March 2015 at 11:02

The Government has been criticised for failing to address the growing problem of air pollution. Joan Walley, chairman of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, has accused coalition ministers of not facing up to the issue, which is thought to be killing almost as many people as smoking in the UK.She believes the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have passed the buck to the next ...

02 March 2015 at 11:02

The last Aston Martin DBS to roll off the production line is going under the hammer at auction, after being found in a barn where it had been rusting for 35 years.The sports car - which needs extensive renovation work - is expected to sell for at least £40,000 and because of its historical importance could attract far higher bids, according to Chris Routledge, managing partner at auctioneers CO...

02 March 2015 at 11:02

Motorists opting for a 2015 vehicle from Honda's revised Civic range are being promised lower prices.The Japanese manufacturer says drivers can save as much as £1,620 by buying a 2015 car instead of an outgoing model with equivalent specifications.Prices for the entry level 1.4 i-VTEC manual S grade will begin at £16,815, with the top-of-the-range 1.8 i-VTEC Ex Plus Tourer costing motorists £26...

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...

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