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20 May 2015 at 14:48

Motorists should be finding a notorious Merseyside traffic bottleneck easier to cross this week. Haydock Island junction has been the scene of many a jam over the years. But from Monday, May 18 the journey times of those using the junction may be reduced - thanks to Highway England's new £4.1 million road layout. This has facilitated them with a new shortcut across a roundabout's centre at ...

19 May 2015 at 15:52

Motorists in England and Wales will face drink-drive charges after one pint of beer, if a leading police body gets its way. The Police Federation wants to see the legal limit reduced in line with the changes made in Scotland last year.This would mean that limits are set at 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, instead of the current 80mg - a 37.5% reduction. The body's call w...

19 May 2015 at 15:52

Roadworks are to be suspended for just under a week to ease the impact of a potential national rail strike. Highways England has announced the plan to mitigate the effects of a 24-hour walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association at Network Rail.It is feared the strike - beginning at 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday - could clog up motorw...

19 May 2015 at 15:52

New European car sales grew by 6.9% last month, according to the latest figures. The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) data showed that there were 80,000 more people buying a car in Europe in April 2015 than April 2014.The rise from 1.13 million to 1.21 million relates to motorists in the EFTA, a free-trade association comprising Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenste...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Motorists in Bristol are the least likely to be hoodwinked by unscrupulous car salesmen, according to new RAC research. Bristolians beat off second-place Oxford and third-placed Birmingham to top a new table of the nation's savviest second-hand car buyers.It seems the West Country city's drivers check vehicle histories more frequently than anywhere else in the country before buying a car that ...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Google's purpose-built driverless cars will soon be appearing on public roads in California.The autonomous vehicles have been limited to testing on private tracks so far. But all that will change this summer after the technology giant was granted licencing to test them alongside regular traffic.Roads in the Californian city of Mountain View, where the company is head-quartered, will be the new ...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

Most British motorists ignore fuel economy warnings and use their vehicles to store junk, according to a new survey. A new poll suggests 5% do so because their properties are not big enough to house all their clutter.Michelin says the additional weight of unnecessary in-boot items potentially offsets any fuel economy gains made by modern motors.In fact, the RAC claims that each 50kg will, on a...

18 May 2015 at 16:32

A newly-independent offshoot of Citroen is constructing an exclusive stable of models to commemorate 60 years of the French manufacturer's DS. DS's 1955 Edition update also marks the company's emergence in its own right - after breaking away from parent firm.In honour of the special 60th anniversary, DS plans to make only 1,955 DS 3 Cabrios and DS 3s.In addition, a further 955 DS 5s and 955 DS...

15 May 2015 at 15:43

Mercedes-Benz has created an innovative film to celebrate the best-ever run at the Mille Miglia race which places those watching it in the thick of the action.The film celebrates the achievements of Sir Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson in 1955, when they completed the 1,000-mile road race in 10 hours, 7 minutes and 48 seconds.The duo averaged 98mph in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR - number 722. ...

15 May 2015 at 15:43

A road safety charity is urging the newly elected government to address the needs of older drivers.The number of over-70s who hold a UK driving licence has reached 4.34 million - a rise of 320,000 or 11% in the past three years.Now the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling for more action from ministers, assessment providers and medical professionals.There is plenty of advice online ...

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