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10 April 2014 at 14:14

The use of mobile phones while driving has become the greatest pet peeve of UK motorists, according to a new survey.Some 47% of drivers say they hate seeing others talking or texting away behind the wheel, with tailgating coming just behind with 42% of the vote.It marks the first time in years that tailgating has not been the most popular complaint in Kwik Fit's study. Failure to indicate annoy...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned against Government plans to ban CCTV parking cameras.The LGA has been joined by a number of other organisations including the National Association of Head Teachers, road safety charity Brake, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety.The Government wants to stop local authorities from ...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

Two-thirds of the nation's drivers think the Government is doing a bad or very bad job of keeping on top of the potholes on Britain's roads, a survey has found.The poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) found that 67% of those questioned think the Government is failing in maintaining the nation's roads, with a breakdown of 65% of female motorists and 69% of male drivers.Potholes can ...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

The 'White Van Men' are taking over, as the RAC Foundation reveals the number of light vans on Britain's roads has risen by almost a third in the last decade.Figures show between 2002 and 2012 the number of light commercial vehicles increased by 29% to well over 3 million, while the number of cars rose by just 11% over the same period. A tenth of all vehicles on the road are light vans while th...

10 April 2014 at 14:14

A new version of the Kia Soul, going from £12,600, offers a choice of two engines and five trim levels.The engines on offer with the second-generation Soul are a 1.6-litre direct-injection petrol and a turbo-diesel option.All model types are front-wheel-drive, five-door crossovers: Kia found that its customers don't fancy the fuel consumption and taxation which comes with four-wheel drive vehic...

09 April 2014 at 11:34

Newham Council in London has been told it must refund around £347,000 to drivers in illegally-issued parking fines.A total of 4,592 tickets were issued through 12 cameras which had not been authorised for use by the Vehicle Certification Agency between March 2009 to February 2013.Officials said last year they would write off any unpaid fines - amounting to a total £216,133 - but would not refun...

09 April 2014 at 11:34

Toyota is recalling more than 35,000 models in the UK after discovering faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.The Japanese manufacturer has put out recall notices on some RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and Urban Cruiser models.While Toyota said there have been no reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to the issues, it has issued the...

09 April 2014 at 11:34

Land Rover says its new Transparent Bonnet virtual imaging concept will give drivers an unprecedented level of awareness.The car-maker says the technology is capable of showing obstacles underneath and in front of the car, rendering the front of the car "virtually" invisible from inside the cabin.Cameras in the grille feed images to a head-up display in front of the driver, thereby creating a "...

09 April 2014 at 11:34

The biggest solar panel roof to date, boasting more than 21,000 solar cells, will provide electricity to power three tenths of its factory's requirements.It has been completed and placed over the Engine Manufacturing Centre at South Staffordshire's Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) engine plant.The panels will generate sufficient energy to power the equivalent of 1,800 homes, once they are at full capaci...

09 April 2014 at 11:34

An impressive new light for cyclists which makes them more visible has been shortlisted for an inventors' award. Cyclist Ed Ward designed the Commuter X4 after having a "wake up call" when he was knocked down by a car while out riding. His invention has now been listed in the top 20 of the British Inventors' Project at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham. The light has a standard bike light in t...

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