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19 January 2015 at 11:36

Drivers across the UK have been advised to be on their guard with icy conditions causing widespread disruption on the roads. Amber warnings - the second highest - for icy conditions for most of England have been issued by the Met Office after the coldest night of the winter was recorded in the early hours of Monday. And RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "We are in red alert status and had atte...

19 January 2015 at 11:36

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has backed the idea of "home zones" - where lower speed limits would allow children to play safely in the streets.Mr Pickles said he is "very much in favour" of the designated areas which enforce a 20mph speed limit to allow more children to play outside.The Conservative MP, however, did tell local authorities that they should be careful when deciding which ar...

19 January 2015 at 11:36

Stricter Scottish drink-drive laws and bad weather are being blamed for a leading pub chain's slow festive sales. The lower limits came in last month, in line with much of the rest of Europe and lower than south of the Scottish-English border.Suffolk-based Greene King said that sales rose by 2% across Britain over the festive fortnight compared to the same period last year. But transactions w...

19 January 2015 at 11:36

A leading motor manufacturer is looking to improve upon one of its award-winning vans. Vauxhall-loving motorists looking to honour a New Year's resolution by buying a car or van may be tempted by its all-new Corsavan.The upgraded model, which debuted at the weekend's Brussels Motor Show, offers compactness without compromising on storage capacity. In fact, its payload has increased by 21kg to ...

16 January 2015 at 11:27

The UK driving test must be overhauled because it does not reflect the risks young people face when they take to the roads on their own.The RAC, along with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Under 17 Car Club Charitable Trust say poor weather, driving on country roads and getting behind the wheel at night are the biggest risks young drivers face in the first six months after pass...

16 January 2015 at 11:27

Police officers will soon be able to check whether motorists are driving under the influence of cannabis or cocaine, after the Government approved the first ever portable drugs-testing device.Drugwipe can detect traces of the two substances in people's saliva, with lines appearing on the device within eight minutes if the results are positive.Those tested positive for cannabis or cocaine will t...

16 January 2015 at 11:27

The European Commission has approved a "landmark" Government scheme which will see fuel prices cut in rural locations.The Rural Fuel Rebate scheme will benefit around 125,000 people in a total of 17 locations across the UK; including North Yorkshire, Devon, Cumbria and the Scottish Highlands.Other EU member states now need to give their approval through the EU council before the move can go ahe...

16 January 2015 at 11:27

Top Gear bosses have secured a pop superstar to take a turn round the track in their r easonably priced car, there's just one problem - he can't drive. The celebrity in question is Ed Sheeran, who hasn't got a licence and has said in previous interviews he doesn't like going too fast. The 23-year-old, most-streamed on Spotify and among the top-sellers globally in 2014, will be given an autom...

16 January 2015 at 11:27

Motorists will be using Google's self-driving cars by the end of the decade, according to the director of its project.Chris Urmson said he expects the cars to be on the road at some point in the next two to five years, although he stresses they will still be test vehicles at that stage.Google has been testing the small self-driving cars - which do not have pedals or a steering wheel - for some ...

15 January 2015 at 13:21

David Cameron has urged petrol station owners to cut the price of fuel "further and faster".The Prime Minister said the Government is working together with the regulator to make sure prices at forecourts reflect the huge drop in oil prices over the past few months.Mr Cameron made the announcement during Prime Minister's Questions in response to a comment by Democratic Unionist Gregory Campbell....

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