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12 January 2015 at 13:01

Motorists in Birmingham can now buy petrol for just 99.7p a litre, after a service station in the city became the first in Britain to cut prices to below £1.The move means that Harvest Energy service station, based in Alcester Road South, now offers the cheapest petrol anywhere in the country, according to the RAC. It is also the lowest petrol price seen in Britain since 2009. Velautham Sarve...

12 January 2015 at 13:01

Children should be taught about traffic and road safety in schools in order to cut down on the number of deaths and injuries on Britain's roads, a charity says. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for traffic education to be made a compulsory part of the national curriculum.It wants the UK to follow the lead of Italy, Poland, Germany, the Czech Republic and Latvia, where it is...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

An MP has called for a windfall tax to be imposed on petrol station owners if they do not act to reduce fuel prices.Nigel Evans said that the plunge in oil prices means the cost of petrol should be about £1 a litre, and that companies who are not passing on the cut to "hard-pressed" motorists should be punished.Speaking in the House of Commons, the Ribble Valley MP called for a Parliamentary de...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

Road accidents could be avoided if cyclists were required to have a bell on their bikes, it has been suggested in the House of Lords.Liberal Democrat peer Lord Bradshaw made the point during a debate on the danger to blind and visually impaired people caused by "shared space" road schemes, where there is no segregation between cars, cyclists and pedestrians.He suggested that ensuring all bikes ...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

Scottish ministers have published fresh advice for local authorities wishing to bring in speed limits of 20mph. The guidance has created a template for councils looking to follow Edinburgh's example.The Scottish capital announced plans on Wednesday (January 7) which, if approved, could see motorists abiding by 20mph limits on four fifths of its roads by 2017/18.The guidance aims to encourage t...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

The number of motorists caught drink-driving during the festive period in Scotland dropped by almost a fifth, new figures have shown.December 5 heralded a new lower drink-drive limit of 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, meaning that Scotland came into line with much of the rest of Europe.Police Scotland stopped 17,504 drivers for alcohol tests during the four-week festive drink-drive campaign...

09 January 2015 at 12:15

Drivers are being urged to take care on Britain's roads, especially across the north west of England, where the Met Office has warned of gale-force winds in some parts.Strong winds overnight have caused some motorists to wake up to damaged vehicles, which could lead to a surge in weather-related car insurance claims.And those that are heading out are being instructed to check forecasts and road...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

The 2015 What Car? Car of the Year award has been won by the Skoda Fabia.In addition to the top prize, the Fabia 1.2 TSI 90 SE picked up the best small car gong too.It was a welcome return to form for the Czech car maker, which last claimed the main award some 15 years ago. Its Skoda Octavia 1.2 TSI 105 SE also won the family car of the year award.Jim Holder, who edits What Car? says the Fabia ...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

Audio experts say they have developed a new system that separates the sounds passengers want or need to hear when travelling in cars. With the Individual Sound Zone (ISZ) system, various audio feeds can be used within the car but as many as four occupants are each able to hear more of what they want above other sounds - depending on their location in the vehicle. Audio equipment manufacturer H...

08 January 2015 at 11:49

Car makers across the world are free to take advantage of Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell drive technology after the Japanese firm removed the patents on thousands of its systems.The auto maker is urging collaboration within the industry during what it describes as a "critical" period between 2015 and 2020 - when the first generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles will be launched.It is also callin...

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