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05 May 2015 at 14:31

An increasing number of cars are being clamped as drivers fall foul of new road tax rules . Figures show more than 25,000 were clamped by the DVLA in the first three months of the year - an additional 3,000 a month - as thousands of motorists failed to realise road tax is now cancelled when a used car is sold. Under the switch to digital tax discs, the road tax on a used car becomes invalid as...

05 May 2015 at 14:31

Drivers are paying less for car insurance - with average annual premiums now as low as £360. The Association of British Insurers' (ABI) statistics for the opening quarter of 2015 show that typical payments had dipped 2% on figures from the previous three months.These were 5% under the corresponding three months in 2013 but slightly higher than January to March 2014. Motorists are benefiting fr...

05 May 2015 at 14:31

Peugeot has set a new fuel consumption endurance record for a normal internal combustion engine-fuelled production car. Skilled testers drove a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S Peugeot 208 the equivalent of roughly London to John o'Groats and back on less than a full tank of diesel. They drove the 5-speed hand-operated gearbox model 1,337.19 miles (or 2,152 kilometres) with diesel consumption o...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

The Nissan Leaf has beaten off the challenge of other eco-friendly cars to become the UK's best-selling green vehicle. The RAC Foundation 's analysis of figures show that by the turn of the year there were 6,838 UK-licensed, battery-powered electric Leaf cars .This put it 29.6% ahead of its nearest rival, the Outlander, a plug-in hybrid from Mitsubishi - and way in front of the third-placed BM...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

In three years time, all new EU cars will have in-built alert devices which automatically call the emergency services in the event of a road accident. This follows MEPs voting for the new eCall system , which will be introduced as standard on new light vans and cars on March 31, 2018.The EU says the initiative will enable ambulance teams to arrive at road incidents quicker, helping to save liv...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

Environmental groups and health charities have welcomed the Supreme Court ruling that the next Government must tackle air pollution in cities.The Green Party has also hailed the move to cut levels of nitrogen dioxide across the UK, but several motoring organisations and businesses have expressed concerns over the decision.Judges at the Supreme Court have ordered the Department for the Environme...

01 May 2015 at 15:27

Children who sit in the middle seat in the back of a family car are more likely to be a success in later life, a new study claims. Being squashed between siblings has long been seen as drawing the short straw, but research conducted for Skoda Octavia shows that middle seat children are often high achievers, particularly in business.As many as 90% of directors with two or more siblings sat in t...

30 April 2015 at 15:23

Motorists would eventually face hikes on their fuel bill if the Green Party was to win next week's General Election. But party leader Natalie Bennett would not raise diesel and petrol duty unless an "affordable , convenient" and reliable" alternative was in its place. This is part of the party's proposals to improve public transport. Ms Bennett said in an interview with BBC's Today show on ...

30 April 2015 at 15:23

Sir Peter Ustinov's old DB4 is headlining Bonhams' biggest sale of Aston Martins next month. Experts believe the Series IV Vantage Convertible formerly owned by presenter, raconteur and actor Sir Peter could go for a figure approaching £1 million.The former Sundowners and Quo Vadis star, who died in 2004 aged 82, owned many motors and received the 1962-built iconic model (reg 911 CGT) at Switz...

29 April 2015 at 14:16

Comfortable and convenient high-tech cars could be driving motorists to distraction. This warning comes from a safe driving charity which says that gadget-packed vehicles are thwarting efforts to improve driver concentration.Devices such as sat-navs have helped millions of motorists to safely and less-stressfully navigate their way around more easily.But the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IA...

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