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10 March 2015 at 12:34

The legal speed limit to drive a tractor has increased to 40km/h (24.8mph) from this week. Ministers said Monday's move will save money and time.The Government's new tractor regulations will also see tractor/trailer combination weight ceilings rise to 31 tonnes from 24.39 tonnes.Farming groups have welcomed the plans. Previously, tractor drivers going over 20mph risked getting fined, banned a...

10 March 2015 at 12:34

Smoke from a large fire in a pile of tyres in Essex is expected to keep residents indoors and disrupt rail and road travel for much of the day, according to police and health officials. The blaze at a farm close to the Fairglen interchange began on Monday night and the emergency services were informed at around 9pm.Essex Police officers closed off the A1245 as smoke made driving very difficult...

09 March 2015 at 12:01

Slashing the drink-drive limit on England's roads would prevent dozens of deaths every year, the country's fire and rescue authorities say. In 2014, Scotland cut its legal limit from 80mgs of alcohol per 100ml of blood to just 50mgs. And now, backed by the RAC, the Local Government Association (LGA) says the move should be mirrored in England - saving up to 170 lives a year. It also claims f...

09 March 2015 at 12:01

Motorists could be asked to slow down to under 10mph when driving near schools, if Liberal Democrat plans are adopted. Giving councils in England the power to impose 10mph speed limits outside schools forms part of the party's proposed Green Transport Act.If the act becomes law, vehicles that emit high levels of CO2 would be banned from British roads within 25 years. Meanwhile, from 2030 all n...

09 March 2015 at 12:01

The motor sales boom is continuing apace, new figures suggest. The UK's passion for buying a car showed no signs of dwindling last month, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported.The 76,958 new car registrations this February represents a 12% increase on February 2014, with the ever-popular Ford Fiesta again leading the best sellers.February was the 36th consecutive month...

09 March 2015 at 12:01

The motoring sector will fail to attract the number of new apprentices it needs unless massive pay rises are awarded, a trade body will officially warn this week. The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is to call for a 73% hourly pay rise - from £2.73 to £4.73.The IMI's CEO, Steven Nash, speaking before his speech at the body's annual London dinner this Thursday, says the industry will have...

09 March 2015 at 12:01

Motorists and cyclists have been urged to work in harmony in safely sharing the country's road network. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) staged the final day of Family Safety Week (FSW) on Sunday, with responsible road sharing at the fore. The charity says this is the key to helping minimise injuries and deaths among vulnerable road users. New tips listed on its websi...

06 March 2015 at 10:18

The RAC has uncovered concerning figures showing as many as 60% of drivers have had a bad experience at their local garage. Our RAC Garage Compare research raises serious concerns over the standard of service from local independent garages across the country, not to mention confusion over costs. Almost two-thirds of motorists say they have had a bad experience when taking their car in for a r...

06 March 2015 at 10:18

Drivers will escape parking fines from later this spring if they only run 10 minutes or less over their allotted time. The Government says it is "ending its war" on the day-to-day lives of motorists with a raft of new measures to help parkers. The new grace period will pertain to all drivers parking in any English council-run, off-street and on-street spots.The plans aim to end a history of m...

06 March 2015 at 10:18

Thousands of rural motorists will be entitled to cheaper fuel later this spring. The "landmark" rebate scheme - which will see 5p slashed off each litre - applies to around 125,000 drivers in 17 postcodes in the remotest parts of England and Scotland.They will be able to apply for rebates from next month with the savings coming into effect on May 31.Isolated communities carry the burden of the...

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