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03 July 2015 at 11:41

Drivers of diesel vehicles are still paying more at the pumps than petrol users, despite wholesale prices being cheaper, the RAC says.Throughout June, wholesale prices for diesel were 1p to 3p a litre lower than petrol, but the average cost on forecourts was 120p for a litre of diesel compared with 117p for petrol, according to the RAC's latest Fuel Watch report.Although some retailers have clo...

03 July 2015 at 11:41

Motorists have been warned there will be no respite from Britain's spectacularly changeable weather, with extreme conditions again predicted. Spiralling temperatures on Friday are again set to be followed by spectacular storms, Met Office's officials claim.But drivers probably won't have to endure such high temperatures as Wednesday's record-breaking 36.7C (98.1F) reported at Heathrow. This wa...

03 July 2015 at 11:41

A hydrogen-powered car is capable of travelling more than 300 miles on a single tank, Toyota is claiming. The landmark was achieved by Toyota's Mirai, which runs on electricity created on demand by hydrogen fuel and oxygen.Official testing in America shows it has a combined fuel economy of 67 US mpg, making it good for 312 miles on a single fill-up. That is longer than any other zero-emissions...

03 July 2015 at 11:41

A speeding motorist who racked up 42 points on his licence has avoided a driving ban.Alex McFarlane, 50, triggered safety cameras seven times in three months while driving around Essex.During one of the incidents a passenger leaned out of the window, laughing and waving at the camera as the vehicle passed at 82mph.On another occasion between June and August last year, the construction site mana...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) says air pollution hit dangerous levels on Wednesday. It was the hottest July day on record in the UK, with the mercury topping 36.7C (98F), resulting in moderate pollution across most of England.Dangerously high levels were measured in Eastern England, the East Midlands and the South East, while levels in the West Midlands were al...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Nearly half of the vans being driven on UK roads are overloaded, research for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles suggests.That means more than 1.2 million vehicles could be exceeding their maximum weight limits, with potentially dangerous consequences.Almost 50% of UK businesses do not monitor the weights of their company vehicles, while 53% of drivers are unaware of their vehicle's maximum load ca...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Dover-bound motorists faced a fourth day of queues in the heat as the Government moved to try and end the Calais crossing crisis. Theresa May is set for talks with her French opposite in Paris after striking French ferry staff caused yet more disruption either side of the English Channel.The Home Secretary is meeting Bernard Cazeneuve as drivers queue on Kent's M20 for Channel Tunnel access.Th...

02 July 2015 at 14:38

Motorists who've always fancied themselves as Grand Prix stars got a chance to put their skills to the test - against a former Formula One champion. They raced at speeds touching 200mph on an absorbing virtually reality gaming challenge with 360-degree capability.Standing in their way at London's Canary Wharf Plazza on Wednesday afternoon was 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button. The challenge was ...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

The heatwave has been playing havoc with the cars of Britain's motorists, the RAC has revealed. A huge rise in the amount of reported, heat-related breakdowns was evident on Tuesday. Cooling system errors alone rose by 102%, while the amount of burst cylinder head gasket problems escalated by 82%. It also seems that drivers are getting hot under the collar metaphorically, as well as physical...

01 July 2015 at 15:26

Motorists are finding it more difficult to extract discounts at new car showrooms than a year ago, What Car? suggests. On average, drivers buying a car could expect to knock an extra £204 off the price of a vehicle this time last year, compared with now.This means that the typical discount has fallen to £2,360 from £2,564, according to What Car? magazine.It found that whereas last year, buyers...

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