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14 April 2015 at 11:56

Two major road projects may be shelved to fund rail plans if Labour win next month's general election. Ed Miliband said that it will delay work on Somerset's A358 and the South Coast's A27. This is to fund a 12-month rail fare freeze and the party's plans to launch a cap on each journey for possible future increases. RAC demands clarity The RAC fears that diverting money earmarked for the c...

14 April 2015 at 11:56

Van operators are being urged to take better care of their vehicles. The call to arms by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) follows research that reveals two thirds of van drivers are travelling in vehicles that have at least one serious mechanical defect.It is publishing easy-to-follow safety guidance to help operators keep their vans in good working order.The RAC reminds b...

14 April 2015 at 11:56

A year on from their introduction, drivers are still confused about smart motorways . That is according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). It claims motorways users are not sure how best to use them, while some get nervous about the prospect.The organisation has therefore produced a set of tips to help drivers use smart motorways. Scepticism Smart motorways are 'all-lane running' mo...

13 April 2015 at 14:39

Van and truck registrations have hit a record high, as business goes from strength to strength in the UK. The latest data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) reveals 108,456 vans and trucks were registered between January and March 2015, making it the best quarter on record.Demand for the latest vans and trucks is now back to pre-recession levels, outpacing the ...

13 April 2015 at 14:39

Clean cars are driving a boom in ethical spending, new research suggests. The latest annual report on ethical spending published by Ethical Consumer magazine reveals sales of electric, hybrid and other low emissions cars grew by a whopping 78% in 2013.That equates to almost £5 billion of the £32 billion spent on ethical goods and services during the 12-month period. Low emissions New car sales...

13 April 2015 at 14:39

A road safety charity has welcomed the introduction of tougher sentences for disqualified drivers. New rules under the Criminal Justice and Courts Act mean that anyone convicted of causing death by driving while disqualified will face a maximum of 10 years in prison, up from two years.Motorists convicted of the new offence of causing serious injury by driving while disqualified will face up to...

13 April 2015 at 14:39

More than 70 iconic cars, past and present, are to go under the hammer. Specialist auction house CCA is gearing up for its second sale at the world famous Silverstone race circuit in as many months, with a wide range of classics up for grabs from pristine Porsches to rare Renaults. The all-important date to make a note of is April 21. Lot list On the impressive lot list of classic cars is a ...

10 April 2015 at 12:57

The Government has failed to keep its promise to end the so-called war on motorists. That is according to the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD). It says the Coalition has failed to listen to the wishes of drivers and concerns of vested interest lobby groups, instead singing from its own hymn sheet.With the general election just around the corner, the group also claims more than half of voters ...

10 April 2015 at 12:57

Two dangerous incidents on the UK's busiest motorway this week have highlighted the need for drivers and passengers to remain responsible on the road at all times. The first involved a driver allegedly watching Lord Of The Rings on a portable DVD machine as he drove at around 60mph on the M25.The second saw people playing football on the same motorway, during a jam caused by a serious motorbik...

10 April 2015 at 12:57

A Dutch oil giant is spearheading the search for a new green, ultra-compact city car. Shell is financing the so-called "Project M" initiative with the results expected before Christmas.But motorists do not have to wait until then to achieve lower fuel consumption in the car they already have. There are 10 golden rules to saving petrol or diesel including switching off their air-con and proper ...

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