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17 April 2015 at 14:55

Drivers may be heeding the 'no phones at the wheel' message at last, new figures suggest. The amount of penalty notices given to motorists for the dangerous offence has dropped significantly, according to a BBC Radio investigation.This number fell by 23.9% to nearly 73,000 last year in Wales and England, from 96,000 the year before.But driving organisations say this may be more to do with fewe...

17 April 2015 at 14:55

All cars could be equipped with common fittings for safety technologies like breathalysers, if the European Commission gets its way. It wants to make such fittings compulsory in a bid to reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths on roads in Europe.But the car industry does not see eye-to-eye with the current proposals, citing concerns about cost.Alcohol interlock devices were among a number ...

17 April 2015 at 14:55

The most expensive cars are not necessarily the best, especially when it comes to reliability. New research reveals Bentleys and Porsches are prone to breakdown more than other cars, despite costing hundreds of thousands of pounds to buy, leaving their drivers stranded at the side of the road.Both luxury automakers finished at the bottom of a 38-strong table of car manufacturers put together b...

16 April 2015 at 13:15

The Conservatives have reiterated their promise to invest £15 billion in roads if the party reclaims power in the upcoming general election. Its manifesto, launched by Prime Minister David Cameron on Tuesday, reaffirms its commitment to the Road Investment Projects outlined in the Road Investment Strategy announced in December.The party pledges to fill millions of potholes , add thousands of e...

16 April 2015 at 13:15

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to cut vehicle emissions and reform the car tax vehicle excise duty system - plans the RAC claims require further scrutiny. The party's election manifesto, launched by Nick Clegg on Wednesday, calls for low emission zones to be introduced in the most polluted towns and cities across the country in a bid to improve air quality and reduce the carbon footprint....

16 April 2015 at 13:15

Four drivers in Wales have been caught on camera travelling in excess of 120mph. The fastest offender filmed last year was doing 136mph, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). This incident happened on the 60mph limit A5 Conwy road linking Ty Nant with Dinmael. The North Wales Police's cameras filmed the offender breaking the legal ceiling by 76mph. It was among the worst sp...

15 April 2015 at 16:23

Thousands of drivers are unwittingly falling foul of recent changes to tax rules . The new regulations, which came into force from 1 October 2014, scrapped the humble tax disc after 93 years of service. It means you no longer required by law to display one in your car's windscreen.But this is not the problem. The issue appears to be the new tax rules that apply when buying and selling cars.As ...

15 April 2015 at 16:23

The Green Party is pledging to scrap any major road building if it gets to power. The party said it would abandon the current Government's plans for a £15 billion schedule of new major roads , announced by the Coalition last December. This followed an RAC Foundation warning that an additional 7 million drivers are expected on the country's roads over the next 20 years. Public transport woul...

14 April 2015 at 11:56

Two major road projects may be shelved to fund rail plans if Labour win next month's general election. Ed Miliband said that it will delay work on Somerset's A358 and the South Coast's A27. This is to fund a 12-month rail fare freeze and the party's plans to launch a cap on each journey for possible future increases. RAC demands clarity The RAC fears that diverting money earmarked for the c...

14 April 2015 at 11:56

Van operators are being urged to take better care of their vehicles. The call to arms by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) follows research that reveals two thirds of van drivers are travelling in vehicles that have at least one serious mechanical defect.It is publishing easy-to-follow safety guidance to help operators keep their vans in good working order.The RAC reminds b...

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