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22 July 2015 at 11:39

Motorists who use a Northamptonshire stretch of the M1 will be the first beneficiaries of England's latest addition to the smart motorway revolution . Work worth £65 million will begin this autumn on the 14.8-mile (23.9km) section between junctions 16 (Daventry) and 19 (Kettering/Corby/Felixstowe).Highways England has named Galliford Try as the construction company charged with delivering the ...

22 July 2015 at 11:39

Motorists are using tablet devices as "technological nannies" to keep their children occupied in the car, research from bespokeoffers.co.uk suggests. Almost half (46%) of parents with children in the three-to-15 age range don't set off on long trips without having such a computer on board. This is especially the case with the school summer holidays underway.Ronnie Denholm, managing director of...

22 July 2015 at 11:39

Hackers hijacked a Jeep Cherokee's software using a mobile phone and laptop - disabling its brakes and engine and causing it to crash into a ditch.The frightening demonstration has prompted security experts to call on motorists with cars made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to update their onboard Internet-enabled Uconnect software.The software, which has been installed on hundreds of thousa...

21 July 2015 at 14:28

A chip shop owner fined £85 by a private car park operator has taken his case to the highest court in the land.Barry Beavis was sent a penalty notice by ParkingEye after overstaying a two-hour free parking limit by 56 minutes at a site next to Chelmsford railway station.He claims the charge is unfair, disproportionate and legally unenforceable, and is challenging it at the Supreme Court.Seven o...

21 July 2015 at 14:28

A Ferrari Daytona was among the iconic motors sold at a recent classic car auction held by Coys.The international auctioneer hosted its annual summer event in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, achieving more than £6 million in total sales.One of the biggest attractions was the first right-hand drive Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe to be delivered new to Britain.The 1970 classic, wh...

20 July 2015 at 12:45

Morrisons has reduced its diesel prices by 2p a litre - prompting its major rivals to quickly follow suit.With Asda and Tesco both making similar announcements, drivers heading to many supermarket fuel forecourts will now find diesel prices are cheaper than petrol - a situation not seen since 2001. Morrisons predicts diesel prices will dip below those of unleaded petrol at most of its 336-stron...

20 July 2015 at 12:45

Motorists and high street economies alike would benefit from free parking in town centres, a Government minister has urged. Marcus Jones says there is mounting evidence that local outlets in areas with meter-free zones have started to flourish. The Communities minister has urged other local authorities to do likewise. One glowing example of how free parking has helped the high street is in th...

20 July 2015 at 12:45

British van owners have made Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody their all-time favourite driving anthem. The 1975 classic beat off the challenge of second-placed Guns N' Roses' Sweet Child O'Mine and Wonderwall by Oasis in third - in a new poll. Classic rock features predominantly on the list. Toto's Africa, Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama, Don't Stop Believin' by Journey and AC/DC's Back In Black ...

20 July 2015 at 12:45

Thousands of motorists endured lengthy tailbacks over the weekend when a major motorway closed following a dramatic lorry blaze. The HGV caught fire around 1.30am on Saturday near junction 13 of the M6, prompting the closure of the southbound carriage to junction 12.Footage of the incident shows explosions amid the wreckage and flames spilling across the carriageway.Fire crews managed to bring...

17 July 2015 at 11:38

The RAC is warning motorists to prepare for havoc on the roads this weekend as the big summer getaway begins.Around 2.6 million holidaymakers are expected to take to the roads on Friday evening, causing certain routes to become gridlocked during rush hour.The 'perfect storm' of families setting off on holiday as soon as the school term ends, combined with people attending summer events and the ...

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