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26 March 2015 at 11:31

New breakdown figures released by the RAC suggest potholes still "cast a cloud" over the quality of our roads. The volume of suspension spring error-related RAC call-outs to motorists taking advantage of their breakdown cover was up 82% to almost 7,500 over January and February - despite it being a fairly mild winter. The figure contrasts with 4,000 cases in the same period last year and 5,60...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Almost half of all road accidents in Scotland involve new motorists, according to new research. The latest New to the Road statistics underline why young drivers generally pay the highest car insurance premiums - and the RAC claims the problem must be addressed through earlier driving education and a modernisation of the driving test.The Scottish road safety campaigner's study showed that 49% ...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Motorists will reap considerable benefits from £11 billion worth of major road upgrades between next week and 2020, Highways England has promised. The new Government-owned firm says drivers will enjoy 280 additional miles of motorway being added to the existing 4,300-mile network.These will form part of 112 major upgrades on major A-roads and motorways when Highways England replaces the Highwa...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

Driver-free cars have the potential to create over 300,000 new jobs, the motor sector's trade association is announcing. Attendees at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders' (SMMT) inaugural SMMTConnected event in London will hear about some unexpected benefits brought by the progressive technology.In addition, autonomous, connected and driverless motors will slash the rate of serious ...

26 March 2015 at 11:31

As many as 1,000 jobs could be created by a state-of-the-art, taxi-manufacturing plant in Coventry. Geely says the £250 million, 85,000 sq-metre, high-tech plant will help to research, develop and assemble a new generation of ultra-low emission electric London Black Cabs.The Chinese car-making giant, whose models include the world-famous London taxi, intends to have an eventual manufacturing c...

25 March 2015 at 12:51

Potholes are getting their own day in the spotlight - in a bid to raise awareness of the dangerous eyesores. A road safety campaign group hopes to bring them to the attention of global leaders and local councils everywhere thanks to the inaugural World Pothole Day . Wednesday's (March 25) social media initiative aims to draw attention to how bad the problem is. Street Repairs' awareness day ...

25 March 2015 at 12:51

Ford is giving motorists the ability to not only set the maximum speed of their vehicle, but apply it to different speed limits. All new S-MAX sports activity vehicles now have an Intelligent Speed Limiter that allows drivers to ensure they are not breaking the limits on any roads, no matter the speed restrictions. Drivers set the maximum speed with controls on the steering wheel and the techn...

25 March 2015 at 12:51

A motoring group wants to delay the blanket introduction of 20mph limits across all towns and cities until the conclusion of a three-year study.The Association of British Drivers (ABD) says the potential impacts of such a change have yet to be fully explored by the study and changing the lower limits will be very difficult once they are introduced.Those behind the imposition of a lower limit in...

25 March 2015 at 12:51

A special body to investigate road crashes has been called for by a leading safety group.The Transport Safety Commission (TSC) says that rail, sea and air accidents all have such a facility - b ut there is nothing in place for roads, despite cars being around for over 120 years. The RAC Foundation calls this oversight "perverse". The TSC wants a single independent body to oversee investigating ...

25 March 2015 at 12:51

Car manufacturers' claims when it comes to how many miles per gallon (mpg) a car can do may be inaccurate in reality, according to new figures.A test programme by What Car? magazine suggests some vehicles' mpg figure is over a third higher than the figure given by manufacturers. The magazine tested vehicles in 'real world' conditions, making note of their fuel economy.The worst offender was the...

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