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08 April 2015 at 12:49

New car sales raced to a 21st century record in March - just shy of half a million. A total of 492,774 new registrations were recorded during the month - making it the highest monthly figure since August 1998 and the best March ever - as drivers splashed the cash on the latest models to roll off the production line.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which released the figur...

08 April 2015 at 12:49

The search to find the low-emission car manufacturer which can crack the UK market has been given an added stimulus. The Liberal Democrats have promised to put up a state-funded £100 million kitty for an ultra-low emission vehicle (Ulev). That is, if it regains a foothold in the Government after next month's general election. The cash would be offered to any Ulev manufacturer which could brea...

08 April 2015 at 12:49

The first day of passport checks for travellers leaving Britain has begun smoothly, with passengers passing through ports without delay. There had been fears that the exit checks would lead to long queues at ports such as Dover. But the Government decided on a phased introduction of the checks and this appears to have paid off. A P&O Ferries spokeswoman at Dover said: "Everything is runni...

07 April 2015 at 13:30

Lorries can now travel at higher speeds thanks to new regulations. Speed limits in England and Wales for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) weighing over 7.5 tonnes when loaded have risen from 40mph to 50mph on single carriageways - and from 50mph to 60mph on dual carriageways.Truckers have welcomed the 10mph jump, while several road safety campaigners are unimpressed.But the RAC points to research u...

07 April 2015 at 13:30

Early morning fog patches could affect drivers across the UK for the rest of the week. MeteoGroup claims continued high pressure could result in low-lying cloud that impacts on rush hour traffic first thing until Friday.But apart from that, the forecast remains clear with plenty of sun and warm temperatures. Motorists should therefore have no problem when it comes to journey planning , getting...

07 April 2015 at 13:30

High-tech system means motorists can have their tyres checked without stopping the car As many as 25 motorists' lives could be saved each year, thanks to a new high-tech system which checks tyre pressure. In addition, the technology, which is being tested at a northern motorway services, could prevent up to 1,500 serious road injuries.The UK-developed system means that motorists can have thei...

02 April 2015 at 12:48

Around 16 million cars will take to the roads over Easter as people get away for the extended weekend. The RAC expects to see four million motorists travelling on Good Friday alone, followed by 4.5 million on Easter Sunday.Highways England, formerly the Highways Agency, will lift more than 550 miles of roadworks on England's motorways and major A roads in a bid to ease traffic and keep journey...

02 April 2015 at 12:48

Car manufacturers proved they have a sense of humour with a string of pranks for April Fools' Day. Nissan kicked things off as it announced a 'Gym' mode for its X-Trail and Qashqai crossover models, complete with state-of-the-art technology to track the fitness of drivers using the car's inbuilt display.The name of Nissan's Director of Customer Welfare - Dr. P. Taka - should have set alarm bel...

02 April 2015 at 12:48

A rare Porsche was among the modern classics to attract a wealth of interest as it went under the hammer. The 2010 911 GT2 RS, one of just 500 ever made, was bought by someone in the United States for £236,250 - more than £30,000 over its lower estimate, at the recent Practical Classics Restoration Show in Birmingham.Silverstone Auctions achieved total sales of £2 million, as buyers from aroun...

02 April 2015 at 12:48

European motorists admit their driving misdemeanours are making the roads a more dangerous place - as millions of Britons prepare to get away this Easter.A new Europe-wide poll shows they are putting their safety and their car insurance no-claims bonuses at risk by increasingly breaking the rules.The annual IPSOS survey showed that over half (59%) of UK motorists think the biggest cause of dea...

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