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27 May 2015 at 16:18

Motorists of the future could have a high-tech vibrating steering wheel to keep them focused on the road ahead. A British business has invented the technology in response to growing evidence that suggests distractions and poor concentration are the biggest cause of UK road accidents.Last year, an Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) poll showed that children, mobile phones, switching radio st...

27 May 2015 at 16:18

A carmaker has teamed up with a mobile technology firm to explore the prospect of wireless charging for cars. Daimler - the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi - will work with Qualcomm to see if its electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can be charged without using cables and plugs.Such vehicles come with a standard charging cable that plugs into the car and a norm...

27 May 2015 at 16:18

Buying your first car is a rite of passage we all go through. But would you like to own your starter motor again? That question was put to a group of expert motoring journalists - and more than a quarter said 'Yes'.The Vauxhall Nova and Ford Fiesta Mk2 from the 80s were the two most fondly remembered cars in the poll. Third place, somewhat surprisingly went to the Austin Allegro. Drivers who ...

27 May 2015 at 16:18

Demonstrating taxi drivers brought some of central London's roads to a halt on Tuesday. Motorists travelling in and around Victoria Street and its surrounding areas were stuck in hold-ups, as cabbies packed the street home to Transport for London's TfL national base, Windsor House. This isn't the first time the taxi industry has taken to London's streets to protest in recent weeks. Only last m...

26 May 2015 at 13:53

A campaign to reduce road casualties across the UK has been far more successful in some areas than others, a new study suggests. The size of fall in the amount of road users killed or seriously injured (KSIs) is far higher in London (36% between 2005-09 and 2010-13) than it is in Wales (15%).The Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety and RAC Foundation analysed figures by area o...

26 May 2015 at 13:53

Parking charges and fines have made councils in Scotland a record profit of £33.6 million.Data analysed by the RAC Foundation shows that almost half that sum was made by Edinburgh City Council, which raised £15.3 million. Glasgow City Council made £10.3 million, while Aberdeen had a surplus of £5 million.During the last financial year 2013/14 a total of £73.3 million was raised across Scotland ...

26 May 2015 at 13:53

A motoring charity has called for action after it was revealed the number of drivers aged over 70 is soaring by over 10,000 a month.A total of 4.3 million drivers aged 70 or older now hold licences in the UK - an 11% increase on 2012 when there were 3.9 million motorists in this age category.Because of this surge, there have been calls for an action plan to ensure the needs of older drivers are...

22 May 2015 at 13:17

The UK has just 54 miles of motorway more than it did when David Cameron first took the role of Prime Minister, new figures show.That's the distance the motorway network has increased since 2010, according to the Department for Transport.Last year the motorway network grew by three miles, while 22 more miles of A-roads were laid. The entire road network totalled 245,827 miles by the end of 2014...

22 May 2015 at 13:17

The likelihood of accidents on the Dartford Crossing should recede from next month.A new safety network - which will also speed-up traffic flow - is opening for general use on June 13 and 14.Drivers have been warned to expect overnight tunnel closures during the weekend as the network is introduced. But one tunnel should stay open throughout to keep traffic disruption to a minimum.The safety ne...

22 May 2015 at 13:17

Records tumbled and dozens of iconic motors were sold at a recent classic car auction in Berkshire. International auctioneers Coys set up shop at Ascot Racecourse - and the event certainly didn't disappoint, with car enthusiasts travelling from near and afar to bid on a mix of vintage and modern classics .They even smashed two world records by selling a 1984 Jaguar XJ6 SIII for £31,860 and a 1...

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