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02 October 2014 at 13:27

The DVLA's website had difficulty coping with an "unprecedented" number of drivers trying to apply for an electronic tax disc on the day the paper version was scrapped.The agency publicly apologised as thousands of drivers found themselves unable to use its online car tax system, and urged people to "keep trying".Under new rules which came into effect on Wednesday, drivers no longer have to dis...

02 October 2014 at 13:27

Police in the Thames Valley area caught what could be the country's youngest ever drink-driver - a child aged just 11 - newly-released records reveal. A number of 12-year-olds have also been caught - not only behind the wheel - but while above the legal alcohol limit, in Manchester and Scotland over the last few years. The shocking statistics show an average of around 1,000 people under the ag...

02 October 2014 at 13:27

More than a third of parents (35%) have seen a "near-miss" road accident outside their child's school gates, according to worrying new figures. The report's authors, the highways safety charity Brake and Bridgestone Tyres, have timed the poll to coincide with the launch of a road awareness campaign marking the beginning of autumn. This is the season - the survey of 1,000 parents of primary scho...

02 October 2014 at 13:27

With autumn fast upon us, drivers are being urged to prepare themselves for windy weather to help them stay safe on the roads. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) warns that sharp bends can be particularly tricky to navigate when windy, and says drivers should slow down and watch out for large tree branches or other obstructions before taking a corner. Motorists driving in strong winds s...

02 October 2014 at 13:27

Land Rover's new Discovery Sport has been unveiled in a spectacular launch programme on the River Seine.The new model, which is making its debut at the Paris Motor Show, arrived in the French capital on board a giant barge.Reporters witnessed a truly unique display, which had a strong fashion theme befitting of the launch city.Models of the premium compact SUV were surrounded on all sides by se...

01 October 2014 at 12:47

Drivers can now remove their paper tax disc from their windscreen after the entire system went electronic.The traditional small discs showing that vehicle excise duty (VED) has been paid have been a requirement on windscreens since 1921. But renewals will now be done either online or at Post Offices - and police will make their checks electronically. It is claimed the change will save the DVLA ...

01 October 2014 at 12:47

Tax discs are now a thing of the past but the new digital system could lead to innocent motorists receiving DVLA penalty notices, according to a new report.The replacement system will partly rely on camera technology which reads vehicle number plates - but official data reveals up to 1.2 million are wrongly identified every day.At a conference last week, Home Office and police officials reveale...

01 October 2014 at 12:47

Michael Phelps has issued an apology on Twitter after he was caught drink-driving and speeding in Baltimore, US.The swimmer, who has won more Olympic medals than any other athlete, was arrested at the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Tuesday after police spotted him driving at 84mph in a 45mph zone.Phelps confirmed that he was held by police for driving under the influence, crossing double lane lines and...

01 October 2014 at 12:47

Honda's CR-V SUV is to sport a new look and more power in a cleaner engine, the Japanese manufacturer has announced.The all new CR-V is to be built for the UK and European market at Honda's factory in Swindon. Motorists splashing out to buy one have the option of an automatic nine-speed gearbox.On the outside the SUV's headlights, fog lamps, tailgate, bumpers and front grille have all been give...

01 October 2014 at 12:47

Dacia has added a touch of class to its Sandero - with some exclusive extras adding a luxurious feel to the budget supermini.The Sandero Midnight improves on the top-of-the-range Laureate version, with 15-inch alloys and a slate grey metallic finish which is complemented by gloss black trim on the mirrors.A new comfort pack adds a leather steering wheel and electric rear windows, while the glos...

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