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08 October 2014 at 14:31

The number of crashes caused by drivers using mobile phones increased by more than a fifth (21%) in three years, new figures reveal. According to Department for Transport data 349 collisions involved mobile phone use in 2010; a figure rising to 422 by 2013. The increase came during a period in which the total number of road incidents investigated by police fell around 10% - from 120,827 to 108...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Motorists from overseas have escaped punishment for more than 23,000 cases of speeding since the beginning of last year, figures show. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) made Freedom of Information requests to all the police authorities in England and Wales. It found that total fines for the 23,295 offences which went unpunished would have amounted to £2.3 million if collected.Foreign s...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Toyota is enjoying increased sales of hybrid cars in the UK thanks in part to the growing popularity of the Auris Hybrid. New figures released by Toyota GB show petrol-electric hybrids account for almost a quarter (22.5%) of its total sales nationwide - shifting 20.6% more Auris Hybrids then this time a year ago.In fact, the reputation of the Auris Hybrid now means it makes up almost half of a...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Sports Utility Vehicles may have a reputation for being gas-guzzlers, but a woman from Dorset is proving that doesn't have to be the case.Roz Drinkwater drives her Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for free and is now being used as an example of how motoring could be in the future.The Outlander is a hybrid vehicle which can cover more than 30 miles on electric power alone. ...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

A safety check on Vauxhall's Corsa and Adam models has been expanded to include older versions of the vehicles.Owners were told not to drive models of the vehicles registered since May 2014 after it was announced that their steering system may not meet specification.But this has now been expanded to include vehicles registered since February 2014 following further investigations.The fault origi...

07 October 2014 at 13:39

Drivers who have a condition which disrupts breathing during sleep are at greater risk of dropping off behind the wheel, according to road safety experts.Motorists are seven times more likely to fall asleep while driving if they have sleep apnoea, according to Ireland's Road Safety Authority (RSA), which recently carried out a study in the country.It also says that fatigue plays a part in aroun...

07 October 2014 at 13:39

A group of MPs have called on ministers to increase efforts to tackle websites which dupe motorists into paying for free Government services.The cross-party Transport Select Committee said more must be done to raise awareness of the "copycat" websites.It noted that Transport for London (TfL) is already looking into plans to refuse payments from these sites or other unauthorised sources.TfL has ...

07 October 2014 at 13:39

The range of exciting and increasingly fuel-efficient models is helping to drive the best car sales figures in a decade, according to an industry expert.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that 425,861 new cars were sold in the UK in September - 5.6% higher than the same month last year and the 31st consecutive monthly increase.SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said th...

07 October 2014 at 13:39

Advancements in automotive technology mean drivers can now send texts or change radio stations in the car without having to take their eyes off the road. But a new study conducted in the US suggests these types of voice-activated, in-car gadgets are actually putting motorists at even greater risk of accidents. Researchers suggest that systems are so complicated to operate - and prone to ...

07 October 2014 at 13:39

A Porsche that's increased in price by 669% over the last decade has topped a new motor investment chart.The 911 Carrera RS 2.7 would have set a buyer back £65,000 in 2004 - but today the model sells for a massive £500,000, according to research from the Discovery Channel.The TV channel, which researched to decide the 100th car to feature on its Wheeler Dealers show, also found that the Aston M...

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