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17 July 2014 at 13:18

People who bought ex-fleet vehicles at auction in June paid an average of £412 more for them than they would have done in May, market figures show. The Manheim Market Analysis reveals de-fleeted cars sold for £7,376 on average last month compared to £6,964 in May.One of the factors sparking the increase may be a 1,000-plus fall in the average mileage of former fleet vehicles to 58,763. Another...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Wales is to get a brand new motorway to ease traffic jams on the M4 - and officials think it will boost the economy too. The £1 billion project will also provide a new route across the Usk river near Newport and it is hoped this will be finished by 2022. A "black route" plan would take the new road between the existing M4 junctions 23 and 29.There is some opposition to the scheme - which has b...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Undercover research has revealed an "unacceptable" 90% of child car seat providers are not fitting them properly in vehicles.Which? found mistakes that could be extremely costly were being made and even the high street name outlet that came out best fails at over 65% of fittings.Workers at 42 shops in the UK were asked by the researchers to fit two car seats of different types - only four put b...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Two policemen called out to reports of a vehicle breakdown found themselves helping to bring a baby boy into the world as well. Suffolk Police officers Jerry Cohen and Andy Masterson were heading towards Orwell Bridge near Ipswich in the early hours of July 1 when they saw a man waving his arms.The man, Andrew Mackie, got them to stop and explained how his wife, 33-year-old Holly Mackie, was i...

17 July 2014 at 13:18

Drivers are being advised to prepare for flooded roads in certain parts of the UK this weekend. According to forecasters at the Met Office a large summer storm on Saturday will follow what is expected to be the hottest day of 2014 so far on Friday.The predicted 30C heat of Friday will give way to torrential rain, hail, lightning and strong winds on Saturday - with yellow alerts issued for the ...

16 July 2014 at 12:33

Drivers still feel they can get away with using a mobile at the wheel, according to RAC director Professor Stephen Glaister - as the Government considers toughening punishments. The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is looking into a call from the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police for the penalty - currently three points on the licence - to be doubled.Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe wants a ...

16 July 2014 at 12:33

British manufacturing is celebrating after the newest Mini was named Car of the Year by Auto Express magazine. The award is a triumph for the UK car-making industry as the latest Minis are built in Oxford, have engines made in the Midlands and body panels made in Swindon.In addition to scooping the Car of the Year prize, the Mini also drove away with the magazine's Best Premium Small Car award...

16 July 2014 at 12:33

A consultation has been launched to consider a ban on smoking in cars where children are present. The move has been welcomed by health campaigners who are urging ministers to put the restrictions in place before the next parliament. Children who are present to cigarette smoke in cars are exposed to dangerous levels of toxic fumes, says charity Action on Smoking and Health (Ash). The consult...

16 July 2014 at 12:33

The Health Secretary has branded parking fees at some hospitals "too high" and promises to see what can be done about it. Jeremy Hunt was quizzed in the House of Commons by MP for Harlow Robert Halfon, who said the "ever-increasing" costs are hurting health staff and patients alike.Branding the situation a rip-off, the Tory cabinet minister said patients are paying £40 more per week, while nur...

16 July 2014 at 12:33

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned an advert for Jaguar cars claiming it promotes irresponsible and unsafe driving.It is the second advert Jaguar Land Rover has had to pull in just two months.The latest promo on the company's YouTube channel sees Avengers and Thor actor Tom Hiddleston driving an F-Type on a public road and in a car park. The ASA acted over a complaint that the...

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