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24 June 2015 at 11:47

Ford cars now have the ability to "see round corners" - a godsend for motorists whose view is obstructed.A video camera in the front grille gives drivers a 180-degree view of traffic, meaning they will no longer have to edge out dangerously into the road at a blind junction or when exiting a driveway.Motorists buying a car can now get it as an option in the new Ford S-MAX and Ford Galaxy.It is ...

24 June 2015 at 11:47

Bear Grylls headed the star-studded production line behind the creation of Land Rover's new landmark 4x4 Defender. The 41-year-old survival expert supplied his input into the 2,000,000th model, a silver-painted edition.Born Free star and conservation expert Virginia McKenna also helped on Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) celebratory machine. JLR leaders explained the significance of Grylls and McKen...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

Doctors want a tightening-up of the guidelines covering people who continue to drive with dementia. GPs voted overwhelmingly for more studies to be carried out into the practicalities and dangers, at Tuesday's British Medical Association (BMA) gathering in Liverpool. One member, Peter Holden told fellow delegates that the DVLA 's present guidance is too broad to be of use. He was responding...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

Logistics leaders have hit back at claims that trucks are bringing mayhem to the country's villages. The Local Government Association (LGA) had called for greater powers to be devolved to local authorities to help combat lorry drivers who break width and weight restrictions .The Freight Transport Association (FTA) countered that local councils would be ill-equipped to take on such responsibili...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

Motorists can expect changes to Plug-In Car Grants (PICG) later this year, the Government has announced. This should help clarify the situation for drivers thinking of buying a car in this range.The grants - worth 35% of the cost of a qualifying car to a maximum £5,000 - have been available for the past four years. They were introduced to try and stimulate the uptake of ultra-low emission vehi...

23 June 2015 at 13:55

A Rolls-Royce with a royal connection has sold for over £160,000 at auction, smashing its original estimate. The 1923 Silver Ghost, which features painted 'wood-effect' brake coachwork, was the subject of intense interest from classic car enthusiasts before the sale got underway at the H&H Auction in Lincolnshire.Auctioneers had initially placed an upper estimate of £120,000 on the iconic ...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

Second-hand car salesmen are sometimes viewed with suspicion by motorists, put off by tales of drivers being landed with a dodgy vehicle.And that perception seems to be backed up by a new survey suggesting that more than one in three (39%) motorists would not use the same dealer again under any circumstances.But the RAC, which conducted the survey, is now seeking to restore drivers' faith in us...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

The country's population of ageing vans has exceeded an unprecedented one million, a new study has found.It means that almost a third of vans on Britain's roads are now aged at least 10 years.LDF's report pins the blame on difficulties accessing traditional lending methods, and continued economic uncertainty.The finance provider said that such delays in replenishing fleets could negatively impa...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

Local council leaders are calling for greater powers to police lorry weight restriction bans in villages.The Local Government Association's (LGA) call follows a recent series of accidents involving HGVs in small rural settlements.It said that some lorry drivers are setting their journey planners to travel through villages, regardless of whether a weight restriction ban is in force or not.This b...

22 June 2015 at 14:55

For many motorists, coming across other drivers who 'hog' the middle lane on a motorway is one of the most irritating habits they encounter.But many will be hoping that the practice will now become a thing of the past, after a van driver became the UK's first person to be convicted in court of hogging the middle lane.The driver failed to attend Leeds Magistrates' Court but was convicted in his ...

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