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18 July 2014 at 13:22

Downing Street is about to get some extra features - charging points for electric cars. It's all part of moves to make the fleet of cars used by the Government greener, and the first eco-friendly cars could be ordered as soon as the autumn.It might even lead to the Prime Minister being driven in an electric vehicle, though there are some practical concerns to think about first. David Cameron's...

18 July 2014 at 13:22

A search is underway for the owners of an adventurous female black kitten that hitched a ride on a council van. South Somerset District Council horticulture staff were surprised to find the tiny feline in one of the wheel arches of the van following a 20-mile journey from the council depot in Lufton near Yeovil to Bruton.Council representatives believe the kitten, which is only a few weeks old...

18 July 2014 at 13:22

Hundreds of iconic motors will be on show as CarFest returns for 2014 - and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.The event, the brainchild of self-confessed petrol-head and radio personality Chris Evans, has become something of a Shangri-La among car enthusiasts, combining fast models of the modern era with classics from days gone by.CarFest North will take place at Ou...

18 July 2014 at 13:22

Caravan and trailer owners thinking of taking to the road for a summer trip are being urged to help avoid accidents with some simple checks. The Highways Agency says they need to be extra careful if the trailer or caravan has not been used for some time, perhaps since last summer.It warns there is a "big peak" in accidents involving towing during the summer months, with 2,415 such incidents i...

18 July 2014 at 13:22

A road safety expert has given motorists tips on how to avoid accidents ahead of the forecast heavy showers.With thunderstorms and sudden downpours expected across large parts of the country over the weekend, road safety charity the IAM has stepped in to offer advice on how to cope with the conditions.Britain's top advanced driver, Peter Rodger, said one of the first things motorists should do ...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

People who bought ex-fleet vehicles at auction in June paid an average of £412 more for them than they would have done in May, market figures show. The Manheim Market Analysis reveals de-fleeted cars sold for £7,376 on average last month compared to £6,964 in May.One of the factors sparking the increase may be a 1,000-plus fall in the average mileage of former fleet vehicles to 58,763. Another...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Wales is to get a brand new motorway to ease traffic jams on the M4 - and officials think it will boost the economy too. The £1 billion project will also provide a new route across the Usk river near Newport and it is hoped this will be finished by 2022. A "black route" plan would take the new road between the existing M4 junctions 23 and 29.There is some opposition to the scheme - which has b...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Undercover research has revealed an "unacceptable" 90% of child car seat providers are not fitting them properly in vehicles.Which? found mistakes that could be extremely costly were being made and even the high street name outlet that came out best fails at over 65% of fittings.Workers at 42 shops in the UK were asked by the researchers to fit two car seats of different types - only four put b...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Two policemen called out to reports of a vehicle breakdown found themselves helping to bring a baby boy into the world as well. Suffolk Police officers Jerry Cohen and Andy Masterson were heading towards Orwell Bridge near Ipswich in the early hours of July 1 when they saw a man waving his arms.The man, Andrew Mackie, got them to stop and explained how his wife, 33-year-old Holly Mackie, was i...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Drivers are being advised to prepare for flooded roads in certain parts of the UK this weekend. According to forecasters at the Met Office a large summer storm on Saturday will follow what is expected to be the hottest day of 2014 so far on Friday.The predicted 30C heat of Friday will give way to torrential rain, hail, lightning and strong winds on Saturday - with yellow alerts issued for the ...

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