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24 July 2014 at 13:52

A fresh move to raise the speed limit for lorries travelling on rural roads will reduce the amount of serious accidents, it is hoped.The Government has announced that the speed limit for lorries on country roads will increase by 10mph - from 40mph to 50mph - next year.RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said: "For drivers there is nothing more dangerous than single carriageway ru...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that Fareham is the most car-dependent town in the UK - with its residents more than twice as reliant on vehicles than those in Manchester or Nottingham.The ONS found 538.7 cars registered to addresses in the Hampshire town for every 1,000 people living there - a car-to-residents ratio which is 65% higher than in Portsmouth; 52% ...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

Over 136,000 cars were produced in the UK last month, according to official figures.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said that June's total was 136,419 - some 3.7% higher than the same month in 2013.In the first half of 2014 there has been a 1.9% year-on-year increase in the number of the cars produced for the home market, while the number of exported cars is up 4.0%.In tot...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

The Citroen C1 has been crowned the most reliable car in a major new survey.Owners with models under three years old have to pay an average of under 50p on repair bills every year, the poll found.The first-gen French model's reliability means the army of 780,000 owners it has accrued since 2005 will have been less likely to call on their breakdown cover for unforeseen mechanical problems.The W...

24 July 2014 at 13:52

The legal team representing actress Barbara Knox have asked to analyse the prosecution's toxicology procedures.Knox, who plays Rita Tanner in Coronation Street is charged with drink-driving, but at an earlier hearing denied the charges.The 80-year-old did not attend Macclesfield Magistrates' Court for the latest hearing, when Tim Ashmole, representing Knox, asked for a date to be set in October...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

Motoring experts say collisions caused by drivers making calls, texting and using social media on hand-held mobile phones will be the main cause of death on the road by next year.Use of mobile phones at the wheel has become such a problem that Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin wants to double the number of penalty points people receive when they are caught, from three to six.Recent research...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

England can only afford to protect its most important transport networks from extreme weather conditions, according to a new report.Department for Transport director Richard Brown, the former boss of Eurostar, says the Government and public bodies must select the roads, routes and networks that are the most critical economically and the ones that should be prioritised when the weather is at its...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The drive to slash in half carbon emissions by the mid-2020s will not slow down, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary is promising. Ed Davey says the targets for the 2023-2027 period, which were set three years ago, remain unchanged.The target seeks to ensure that by 2027 the UK is emitting half the amount of greenhouse gases it was in 1990.Green groups had feared the Government may weaken ...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The organisers of the Commonwealth Games will be hoping that plenty of new records are set this month, but the Ford Fiesta has already started.No other model of car has sold more units in the UK than the Fiesta after its sales figures hit an all-time record of 4,115,000 this month.The Fiesta has topped the UK small car market for 27 of the 37 years since it was introduced in 1976, and has sold ...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The new Volvo XC90 will include auto-brake technology to help prevent collisions.In a first of its kind, the technology will be able to slow the vehicle if its anticipates that it is on course for a crash. So if the driver pulls out in front of an oncoming car, the XC90 can reduce the risk of an accident by applying the brakes automatically. As well as the auto-brake feature, Volvo is introduc...

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