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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 ...

17 July 2015 at 11:38

Vehicles powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) should be exempt from the congestion charge in London, Autogas Limited says.The green fuel can no longer be overlooked as a viable alternative to diesel and petrol to tackle the ongoing emissions problem in the capital, according to the LPG supplier.The plea comes after a report claimed as many as 9,000 deaths every year in London can be attribu...

17 July 2015 at 11:38

Volvo's XC90 T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid model is now eligible for the government's flagship green grant. The Swedish automaker has confirmed that the newcomer, which is the first to be built on its in-house platform and powered by new Drive-E powertrains, has qualified for the UK's Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) scheme.It means drivers can get behind the wheel of the seven-seat SUV for less, whil...

16 July 2015 at 15:40

Motorway drivers are putting themselves at risk because not enough of them take breaks, a new survey suggests. The Institute of Advanced Motorists ' (IAM) poll of 1,753 adults shows that 65% don't feel they even need motorway rests.The road safety charity's research suggests that nearly four in five motorway drivers will only take one if the services are convenient to their journey.IAM CEO Sar...

16 July 2015 at 15:40

London's diesel-vehicle driving motorists could face a crackdown sooner than expected - if the capital's environment advisors get their way. The London Assembly's Environment Committee is urging London Mayor Boris Johnson to help lower the amount of deaths linked to poor air quality by ditching diesel engines.The Committee wants Mr Johnson to push through plans to make London an Ultra-Low-Emis...

16 July 2015 at 15:40

Motorists are learning their Highway Code to pass their test - rather than retaining it to help them drive safely, a worrying new study suggests. Motors.co.uk has found that virtually all motorists would not pass their driving theory exam if they had to take it today. The test was launched in 1996, experiencing several revisions since.But the firm, which used an internet-based mock exam, show...

16 July 2015 at 15:40

New plug-in car sales have more than tripled in the space of 12 months, official figures have revealed. The number of people buying a car from this range in the opening half of 2015 has already overtaken those sold in the whole of last year. January to June 2015 saw a record 14,586 plug-in vehicles bought - a 256% jump on the same timeframe in 2014 when 4,096 were sold. Go Ultra Low 's new stu...

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