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23 June 2015 at 13:55

Doctors want a tightening-up of the guidelines covering people who continue to drive with dementia. GPs voted overwhelmingly for more studies to be carried out into the practicalities and dangers, at Tuesday's British Medical Association (BMA) gathering in Liverpool. One member, Peter Holden told fellow delegates that the DVLA 's present guidance is too broad to be of use. He was responding...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

Logistics leaders have hit back at claims that trucks are bringing mayhem to the country's villages. The Local Government Association (LGA) had called for greater powers to be devolved to local authorities to help combat lorry drivers who break width and weight restrictions .The Freight Transport Association (FTA) countered that local councils would be ill-equipped to take on such responsibili...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

Motorists can expect changes to Plug-In Car Grants (PICG) later this year, the Government has announced. This should help clarify the situation for drivers thinking of buying a car in this range.The grants - worth 35% of the cost of a qualifying car to a maximum £5,000 - have been available for the past four years. They were introduced to try and stimulate the uptake of ultra-low emission vehi...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

A Rolls-Royce with a royal connection has sold for over £160,000 at auction, smashing its original estimate. The 1923 Silver Ghost, which features painted 'wood-effect' brake coachwork, was the subject of intense interest from classic car enthusiasts before the sale got underway at the H&H Auction in Lincolnshire.Auctioneers had initially placed an upper estimate of £120,000 on the iconic ...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

Second-hand car salesmen are sometimes viewed with suspicion by motorists, put off by tales of drivers being landed with a dodgy vehicle.And that perception seems to be backed up by a new survey suggesting that more than one in three (39%) motorists would not use the same dealer again under any circumstances.But the RAC, which conducted the survey, is now seeking to restore drivers' faith in us...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

The country's population of ageing vans has exceeded an unprecedented one million, a new study has found.It means that almost a third of vans on Britain's roads are now aged at least 10 years.LDF's report pins the blame on difficulties accessing traditional lending methods, and continued economic uncertainty.The finance provider said that such delays in replenishing fleets could negatively impa...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

Local council leaders are calling for greater powers to police lorry weight restriction bans in villages.The Local Government Association's (LGA) call follows a recent series of accidents involving HGVs in small rural settlements.It said that some lorry drivers are setting their journey planners to travel through villages, regardless of whether a weight restriction ban is in force or not.This b...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

For many motorists, coming across other drivers who 'hog' the middle lane on a motorway is one of the most irritating habits they encounter.But many will be hoping that the practice will now become a thing of the past, after a van driver became the UK's first person to be convicted in court of hogging the middle lane.The driver failed to attend Leeds Magistrates' Court but was convicted in his ...

19 June 2015 at 16:52

Motoring may still be an option for older people with disabilities or restricted mobility in the future thanks to "game-changing" driverless cars. The International Longevity Centre UK 's (ILC-UK) study argues the technology will "transform" pensioners' lives by making them more mobile.And this could happen in years, not decades, they say.The study says that 1.45 million England-based pensione...

19 June 2015 at 16:52

Soft-top car sales have risen tenfold over the past decade, according to the SMMT. People buying a car capable of having its roof down rocketed by 1,182% between 2004 and 2014.The boom comes with a cautionary note, however, with a car history check expert warning of the downsides to dropheads.For now, though, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says this UK trend shows no signs of ...

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