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22 January 2015 at 12:38

The Government has been urged to launch an inquiry into petrol pricing as motorists continue to face "significant" regional differences in price. Iain McKenzie, Labour MP for Inverclyde in Scotland, says petrol and diesel prices in his constituency vary by as much as 3p or 4p depending on which forecourt drivers use. He said many independent fuel retailers have had to close in recent years b...

22 January 2015 at 12:38

The Conservatives have welcomed the Scottish Government's news that it is considering educational courses as an alternative to prosecution for drivers caught just over the speed limit.Margaret Mitchell, justice spokeswoman for the Scottish Tories, has urged Holyrood ministers to consider using speed awareness courses for speeding offences at the lower end of the scale, as currently happens in E...

22 January 2015 at 12:38

Motorists are being warned about more potentially hazardous driving conditions, as snow in some parts of the UK turns into ice.The alert comes the day after the driver of a red Ford was caught out by the icy weather and crashed through the front window of a house in Sheffield.According to the Met Office, a yellow weather warning for snow and ice is in place for much of Thursday, including the d...

22 January 2015 at 12:38

The Government has been urged to take more action to support the UK's liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry.LPG representatives say incentives should be brought in to take the cars with highest emissions off the road, or to convert them into LPG vehicles. They are also calling for more financial backing for councils planning to acquire a new fleet of environmentally-friendly vehicles.It is tho...

22 January 2015 at 12:38

Keeping your windows clean is a key part of avoiding the condensation which can affect your windscreen while driving, industry experts are reminding.Peter Rodger, chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, has issued the advice during the current spell of cold weather, which can increase mistiness on car windows.Car windows steam up when the air inside the vehicle is warmer and carr...

21 January 2015 at 11:34

Rush-hour drivers have battled their way into work through harsh motoring conditions caused by heavy overnight snowfall. Wednesday's commute saw many motorists have to call on their breakdown cover as some of the winter's worst weather hit northern routes, with Yorkshire particularly affected.Police urged drivers to take additional care in the icy and cold conditions, with the West Yorkshire f...

21 January 2015 at 11:34

More than one in 25 motorists asked to provide a breath test over the Christmas period were found to be over the alcohol limit - the highest number in three years.National roads policing spokeswoman, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, says a more "intelligence-led" approach contributed to the rise in positive drink-drive tests.But the RAC urges that more still needs to be done to eradicate such...

21 January 2015 at 11:34

Drivers should make weekly tyre spot checks as they bid to steer clear of pothole-related problems. Fresh advice from safety group TyreSafe comes as it reports a substantial jump in the amount of pothole-damaged tyres.What several motorists mistakenly believe to be just a gradual puncture can turn out to be a immediately hazardous fault, including cracked wheels and tyres. A weekly DIY inspec...

21 January 2015 at 11:34

A High Court judge has said that motorists should not have their licences taken away simply because of their age. Ms Justice Simler was speaking as she overturned an earlier ruling to uphold the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA) decision to revoke a 78-year-old driver's licence.In August 2013 Oxford magistrates said the DVLA had correctly removed Georgina Hitchen's right to drive fo...

21 January 2015 at 11:34

The UK's busiest car plant has received the royal seal of approval after a visit by the Prince of Wales.More than eight million vehicles have been manufactured at the Nissan plant in Sunderland since the assembly line started rolling in 1986.Charles, known for his enthusiasm for environmental work, took advantage of the visit to see the electric Nissan Leaf model being put together.The Leaf is ...

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