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01 February 2016 at 12:05

Motorways are virtual no-go areas for millions of UK drivers, the results of a new RAC survey suggest. And the motoring organisation's poll suggests that less than one in three of those who do not like using them would be willing to have motorway driving lessons.Of the motorists surveyed a fifth (22%) - equivalent to more than eight million drivers - say they rarely use the motorway.Most say it...

01 February 2016 at 12:05

Eight new driverless car projects have received a slice of £20 million worth of funding in a "landmark moment" for research and development.The money - part of the Government's £100 million Intelligent Mobility Fund - will be used to equip more than 40 miles of roads and motorways with talking car technologies.It is hoped that doing so will help to transform travel in the UK by making the roa...

29 January 2016 at 10:41

Most people support reducing the drink-drive limit in England and Wales to the match that of Scotland, claims an alcohol health group. The current limit of 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood is the highest anywhere in Europe, with the exception of Malta.Scotland lowered its limit to 50mg in 2014, in a bid to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries on its roads.A poll of 4,869 people by t h...

29 January 2016 at 10:41

London's first driverless cars have been revealed ahead of testing, which is due to begin later this year. The pods are based on the electric passenger shuttles that are currently used to ferry people around Heathrow Airport.But they will not need dedicated tracks like those at the west London site, instead using wheels. The £8 million Greenwich trial - known as GATEway (Greenwich Automated Tra...

29 January 2016 at 10:41

Drivers are being warned of challenging motoring conditions as Storm Gertrude continues to wreak havoc across much of Britain. They face torrential rain, ice, snow and further strong winds on Friday (January 29), according to weather forecasters.Winds in excess of 90mph have already hit western Scotland with overturned vehicles requiring breakdown services.RAC spokesman Rod Dennis said: "Stron...

29 January 2016 at 10:41

Question marks about the safety of smart motorways still remain following Highways England research. While delivering less congested, more reliable journeys for drivers, red lane closure warnings are an issue. The Highways England study into two stretches of the M25 which have traffic running on the hard shoulder found that up to 7% of drivers do not comply with red lane closure warnings. ...

28 January 2016 at 14:41

Nearly a thousand drivers failed roadside drugs tests over the festive period, figures show.A total of 1,888 motorists across the UK were stopped and screened for drug use during December, of which 931 tested positive."It's good to see the new drug-driving law is being enforced, but it is worrying that the December campaign caught so many motorists breaking the law with 50% of those tested prov...

28 January 2016 at 14:41

Drivers could spare themselves the risk and cost of their vehicle failing its MOT by undertaking simple car checks, according to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). The call comes in the wake of new UK figures which show that almost one in two MOT glitches could have been prevented by such checks.Blown bulbs alone accounted for over 10 million MOT failures in 2014/15.This amounts t...

28 January 2016 at 14:41

A rise in driver detail requests from private parking companies has sparked fears that more drivers will be hit by parking charge penalties. Firms are asking for hundreds of thousands more drivers' details from the DVLA compared to two years ago, according to the latest statistics.Labour says the figures suggest the industry is pursuing claims against more and more people.Penalty charge notices...

27 January 2016 at 13:31

Fines of up to £5,000 a day could be imposed on councils and utility firms if they leave roadworks unmanned at weekends, the Government has announced. Aimed at cutting traffic congestion and disruption to motorists on A-roads, the proposal has been welcomed by the RAC. Announcing the plans, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, says while roadworks can be essential they shouldn't be left in p...

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