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05 August 2014 at 13:24

Country roads are being used as personal race tracks by many drivers, as four-fifths of motorists claim cars travel too fast on such routes . In a new survey, just under one in five drivers admitted having broken the speed limit at least once on country lanes in the previous year, while 5% said they had overtaken another car when it was unsafe. The study of 100 drivers for the road safety char...

05 August 2014 at 13:24

Almost a tenth of UK motorists put their lives in danger every time they take to the road due to potentially faulty brake fluid, a new report warns. It claims that over a quarter (26.5%) of drivers have defective brake fluid, a figure rising to 41% of cars throughout Europe. Tests at service garages nationwide unearthed the data and now report authors are urging drivers to self-test their bra...

05 August 2014 at 13:24

Former Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman has criticised the Government for not giving enough attention to pedestrians and bike users on the streets.Boardman, who is now British Cycling's policy adviser, believes the Government's priorities when it comes to road building are entirely the wrong way round.He believes walkers should be given the most attention, followed by cyclists, then publ...

05 August 2014 at 13:24

Cars built by British manufacturers have topped a list of those 'to be seen in', if you want people to believe you're successful.Auto Trader surveyed some 1,024 drivers and found that British manufacturers beat off the likes of Ferrari Lamborghini and Porsche to claim top spot when it comes to desirability.An Aston Martin is the car most people believe is the sign that you've made it; followed ...

04 August 2014 at 13:17

Councils are writing off unpaid parking fines worth millions of pounds every year because they cannot trace drivers of foreign vehicles.The Local Government Association (LGA) says thousands of parking tickets have ended up in the shredder, with £750,000 alone being owed to Brighton and Hove Council.European vehicles are allowed to drive on British roads for six months before they have to be reg...

04 August 2014 at 13:17

Diesel vehicle drivers who leave their engines running while waiting on shopping runs or outside schools face on-the-spot fines.London's Islington Council is believed to be the first local authority to introduce the penalty for motorists thought to be polluting the air unnecessarily.Motorists who leave their engines running while their car is stationary face a £20 fine, doubling to £40 if not p...

04 August 2014 at 13:17

An "under-used" text messaging service could be dropped in favour of a smartphone app as a way for drivers to pay for the London congestion charge, Transport for London (TfL) has revealed.With the SMS payments service accounting for just 400 out of the 130,000 congestion charge payments made each day, TfL is pushing for an app which would allow drivers to pay up quickly and simply, as well as p...

04 August 2014 at 13:17

The cost of medical reports examining people who say they have whiplash injuries has been reduced in a bid to stamp out bogus claims and "compensation culture".Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said an initial whiplash report will only cost £180 from October, taking into account the time taken for assessments and compiling a written report. At the moment, health professionals can charge up to £7...

04 August 2014 at 13:17

Paramedics say the driver of a car which left the road and ploughed into a public toilet block is fortunate to be alive.The man, who is thought to be in his late 30s, was trapped in the wreckage of his car following the crash on the A5 in Cannock, Staffordshire.While fire crews tried to free the man, paramedics desperately tried to treat him while he was still trapped inside the car.It is thoug...

01 August 2014 at 15:54

Sales of electric cars across the European Union rose to 50,000 last year, figures show. This is an increase on the 22,000 sold in 2012, the Transport & Environment (T&E) campaign group said.The rise has been helped by three 'green' models in particular - Renault's Zoe, Mitsubishi's Outlander and Volvo's V60. Collectively, around 24,000 of these models were sold. The Zoe costs from £14...

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