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19 November 2014 at 11:57

Unofficial websites are adding as much as £30 to the cost of a driving test, learner motorists have been warned. Official provider, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), says these official-looking copycat sites add an extra booking fee in addition to the original charge.The DVSA site, conversely, charges only for the tests themselves; at £25 for theory exams then £62 for practical d...

19 November 2014 at 11:57

Tax officials claim that fuel laundering will become virtually a thing of the past by next April. That is because they are introducing a new tell-tale red dye.The dye will make it easy for roadside enforcement officers to spot fraudsters who drive illegally on cheaper red diesel, meant for use in agriculture. The practice deprives the British treasury of £400 million each year through lost dut...

19 November 2014 at 11:57

Crewe magistrates have handed a leading jockey a 22-month motoring ban after he admitted drink-driving. But Tom Queally's notorious solicitor says the law should be changed to reflect medical scientific advances and recognise sleepwalking as valid mitigation when it comes to motoring while over the limit.Celebrity lawyer Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman was speaking at Monday's court case after Quea...

19 November 2014 at 11:57

Incidents in car parks account for about a quarter of the total amount of road accidents in the UK, according to a new report. A calculated 500,000 car park collisions occur every year, causing almost £750 million worth of damage - or an average of £1,428 per repair. This is an increase of 4% on four years ago and represents 1,373 car park shunts each and every day.The rise is being attribute...

19 November 2014 at 11:57

Never can the coveted Mercedes badge have been less wanted. A high-class marque vehicle has been left abandoned in a Birmingham multi-storey car park for over two years with a broken axle.And the Merc's owner would be liable to pay more than £9,000 in parking fees as the Apcoa Parking's Ladywood facility charges £13 a day.But the parking company claims that it cannot locate the saloon's owner ...

18 November 2014 at 10:28

Britain heads a league table of the world's worst countries for road rage, with over three-quarters (76%) of drivers claiming they have experienced aggression from other motorists. A survey of over 3,000 motorists across 20 countries shows that people in France are almost as likely to be exposed to rude and aggressive behaviour.As many as 73% of French motorists say they have been impacted by ...

18 November 2014 at 10:28

An American woman has successfully got away with wearing a colander "hat" on her driving licence photograph. The colander failed to strain the patience of Utah transport authority personnel, who say it is OK as long as the face is visible. This follows a spate of around a dozen similar driving licence pictures.Colander girl Asia Lemmon, 41, dons the headwear as a religious gesture to symbolise...

18 November 2014 at 10:28

The young driver who "gatecrashed" a race on a famous Kent motor racing track has been sentenced to eight months in prison. A YouTube video showing how 22-year-old Jack Cottle entered Brands Hatch's 26-car Fun Cup in his girlfriend's car went viral, attracting over 2 million hits.But Cottle is this week starting a jail term after being sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. He also face...

18 November 2014 at 10:28

The planet's biggest motor manufacturer admits it is taking a gamble on an emissions-free vehicle, that may not sell healthy annual five-figure sums for two decades. Toyota is unveiling its new Mirai hydrogen-fuelled vehicle on the road. The sporty model will hit Japanese showrooms next month, arriving in Europe and the US by the middle of next year. Buying a car from this new four-door range...

18 November 2014 at 10:28

A classic vehicle auction saw a world record sale as part of £4.5 million-plus worth of deals going under the hammer. Enthusiasts buying a car with a historic bent flocked to Birmingham NEC to see the Classic Motor Show's lots from Silverstone Auctions last weekend.A Jaguar XJ220 formerly owned by a member of Brunei's oil-rich royal family fetched an unprecedented £247,500. A Singapore buyer s...

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