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23 July 2014 at 14:00

Motoring experts say collisions caused by drivers making calls, texting and using social media on hand-held mobile phones will be the main cause of death on the road by next year.Use of mobile phones at the wheel has become such a problem that Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin wants to double the number of penalty points people receive when they are caught, from three to six.Recent research...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

England can only afford to protect its most important transport networks from extreme weather conditions, according to a new report.Department for Transport director Richard Brown, the former boss of Eurostar, says the Government and public bodies must select the roads, routes and networks that are the most critical economically and the ones that should be prioritised when the weather is at its...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The drive to slash in half carbon emissions by the mid-2020s will not slow down, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary is promising. Ed Davey says the targets for the 2023-2027 period, which were set three years ago, remain unchanged.The target seeks to ensure that by 2027 the UK is emitting half the amount of greenhouse gases it was in 1990.Green groups had feared the Government may weaken ...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The organisers of the Commonwealth Games will be hoping that plenty of new records are set this month, but the Ford Fiesta has already started.No other model of car has sold more units in the UK than the Fiesta after its sales figures hit an all-time record of 4,115,000 this month.The Fiesta has topped the UK small car market for 27 of the 37 years since it was introduced in 1976, and has sold ...

23 July 2014 at 14:00

The new Volvo XC90 will include auto-brake technology to help prevent collisions.In a first of its kind, the technology will be able to slow the vehicle if its anticipates that it is on course for a crash. So if the driver pulls out in front of an oncoming car, the XC90 can reduce the risk of an accident by applying the brakes automatically. As well as the auto-brake feature, Volvo is introduc...

22 July 2014 at 14:04

More than 2,000 drivers stopped on a motorway hard shoulder last summer - even though they were not involved in an emergency.The alarming figures, released by the Highways Agency, reveal that a total of 2,062 motorists were spotted on a hard shoulder between July and September 2013.Traffic officers have revealed the bizarre range of reasons given for the illegal, non-emergency stops - from peop...

22 July 2014 at 14:04

Road safety campaigners are taking to the airwaves to warn drivers of the need to be extra vigilant around motorcyclists.Road Safety Minister Robert Goodwill announced the THINK! campaign's radio advertisement strategy, highlighting alarming figures which show 30 bikers are killed or seriously hurt in crashes at junctions every day in the UK.The 'Didn't See' campaign began on Monday and will ru...

22 July 2014 at 14:04

A man who faced criticised for the way Heathrow airport coped with winter weather problems during his six-year reign as chief executive has been tasked with running the country's motorways.Colin Matthews says, as non-executive chairman of the Highways Agency, his target will be to make England's motorways and major A-roads work better for motorists and the UK economy.He is set to take up his ro...

22 July 2014 at 14:04

The new Ford Mustang will have a maximum power figure of 435 horsepower, it has been announced.The car, which will be available to buy from official Ford dealerships next year, will come with two engine choices; a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo with 310 horsepower and the 5.0-litre V8 which boasts the 435 reading.The figures given by Ford are US brake horsepower measurements, which differ slight...

22 July 2014 at 14:04

The Donington Historic Festival 2015 will take place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend, it has been confirmed.The event - which features racing machines from the 1920s to the 1980s - will be held on Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May at Donington Park.Its organisers say the event, which has grown in popularity since it was established, will have something for everyone; including an...

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