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05 February 2016 at 11:18

More people were killed on Britain's roads in the year ending September, according to provisional data. The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates 1,780 lives were lost from October 2014 to September 2015, up 49 on the previous 12 months.Fatalities on built-up roads with a speed limit up to and including 40mph rose by 71 to 780.Motoring traffic levels increased by 2.2% over the same period, w...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Around 240 people were killed in road traffic accidents in 2014 where at least one driver was over the drink-drive limit, according to provisional figures.The Department for Transport (DfT) estimates between 210 and 270 people were killed in such accidents in Britain during the 12-month period, with a central estimate of 240.It is unchanged from 2013, following a period of stability since 2010,...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Thousands of motorists struggling to dispose of their old cars are to be given a helping hand. Getting rid of unwanted vehicles responsibly can be difficult, especially if the manufacturer is no longer operating in the UK.Around 700,000 of these so-called orphan vehicles exist nationwide, built by a brand that has ceased trading and has no parent company.To address the problem, the Society of M...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

The Isle of Man is bidding to become the first self-driving island in the world.Phil Gawne, its transportation minister, has said he is trying to lure manufacturers of fully autonomous cars - those without a steering wheel or pedals - to the island in the Irish Sea.Discussions between the government and a number of companies have already taken place.The island's autonomy means it has the power ...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

Dangerous drivers in Bradford are being targeted as part of a major police crackdown. The two-month operation, which focuses on five "hotspot" areas in the city, caught 21 offenders on its first day.Officers say they are targeting drivers who commit the fatal four motoring offences - drink or drug driving; speeding; using a mobile phone while driving; and not wearing a seatbelt - so called beca...

04 February 2016 at 12:23

New car sales last month reached an 11-year high for January, according to industry figures.Nearly 170,000 new registrations came on to the British market, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports.These numbers come on the back of a record-breaking year for the UK motoring industry, with some 2.6 million units being sold - an increase of 6.3% on the year before.The 169,678 ...

03 February 2016 at 12:13

Motorists are set to benefit from less congestion and quicker journey times following the completion of a new seven-mile stretch of smart motorway on the M1 in West Yorkshire. The final phase of the £120 million scheme has gone live with variable speed limits now in force and the hard shoulder permanently converted into an extra lane between Junction 39 and Junction 42 (the Lofthouse Interchang...

03 February 2016 at 12:13

East Riding drivers can look forward to £16.7 million being poured into improving their roads and helping in the war against potholes. Andrew Jones, the Transport Minister, has unveiled a new package of measures to maintain Yorkshire's 233-mile network of A-roads over the next five years.The A161, A1079 and A63 will be the first roads to benefit in the year ahead.Last month the RAC announced t...

03 February 2016 at 12:13

Pilot schemes aimed at slowing down motorists could result in the end of the road for some central white line markings, it is being suggested. The Times is reporting that highways chiefs in Norfolk are planning a "shared space" scheme that could include the removal of central markings on narrower roads close to Sandringham. The idea is that roads free of markings cause uncertainty among driv...

03 February 2016 at 12:13

Motorists are being advised to take advantage of cheap fuel while they can, as petrol prices look poised to rise once again.The RAC Fuel Watch report for January suggests the cheap fuel market may have bottomed out. "Motorists have seen petrol and diesel prices reach their lowest points since 2009," says RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams. "January saw the oil price go into free fall with talk ...

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