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25 January 2016 at 12:00

Motorists misusing disabled parking badges in Scotland are to be targeted by police as part of a nationwide crackdown.Local authorities across the country have agreed to let officers access the Blue Badge Improvement Service database, a national record of blue badge holders.They will be able to immediately identify people who misuse blue badges, such as those who use a disabled relative's badge...

25 January 2016 at 12:00

Cutting down on the number of traffic lights across the UK could provide a boost to the economy, according to a think-tank.The Institute of Economic Affairs claims just a two-minute delay to every car journey equates to a loss of approximately £16 billion a year. It says the country could afford to lose around 80% of traffic lights that are responsible for causing "unnecessary delays". The rep...

25 January 2016 at 12:00

Bristol, London, Milton Keynes and Nottingham have been awarded funding to promote the uptake of plug-in electric cars.Each has received a share of a £40 million pot to invest in the technology, as part of the Go Ultra Low City Scheme. Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin says all four proposed "exciting and innovative ideas" that will encourage drivers to go green.Proposals include building ...

25 January 2016 at 12:00

A pensioner has been awarded £85,000 after a dealership's promise to make him first in line for a new Porsche 911 was not fulfilled, a court has heard. Kevin Hughes had pinned his hopes on buying the car from Bolton's Porsche Centre.He was told that just 30 new GT3 RS 4.0 models were arriving in Britain.Mr Hughes was informed that he would be the first to hear if one of the top-of-the-range mo...

22 January 2016 at 12:15

Asda has shaved a further 2p per litre off the price of diesel as oil prices continue to fall. Diesel owners can now fill up at the supermarket's forecourts for 97.7p per litre, while petrol remains at 99.7p per litre. By slashing the cost of diesel once again, Asda claims to be the first retailer to take diesel to its lowest price level in over six years. RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams ...

22 January 2016 at 12:15

Nearly half of drivers are not happy with the car in their life, a new survey shows. Running costs (39%), lost value (22%) and mechanical glitches (26%) are the main gripes made by the 2,000 people polled.Study author Autovolo has urged people not to rush into buying a car , but instead to take their time.The motor trading site found that 47% regret their purchase.Almost four out of 10 used an...

22 January 2016 at 12:15

The first Aston Martin to be built exclusively for a James Bond film is to go under the hammer. Auctioneers at Christie's in London expect the DB10 - signed by Daniel Craig - to fetch more than £1 million. It was one of two show cars that toured the world for auto shows and film promotions of Spectre, which hit screens last October. One sticking point could be the fact it is not road legal, s...

21 January 2016 at 11:16

Demand from overseas helped British motor manufacturers reach a new 10-year peak during 2015, with nearly 1.6 million vehicles made, official figures show. This is 3.9% up on the 2014 numbers, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).Revived European interest has helped to swell the figures, with British-built cars bound for the Continent up 11% on 2014.Well over half...

21 January 2016 at 11:16

A new generation of electric vehicle batteries is to be built in the UK, extending journey times for thousands of green motorists. Japanese manufacturer Nissan will develop the technology at its Sunderland plant, investing £26.5 million in the "groundbreaking" project.The move is part of the company's commitment to the future of zero-emission motoring. Academic and technology partners will be ...

21 January 2016 at 11:16

Ford owners will soon be able to pay for services like car parks and car sharing from their smartphone.The manufacturer has entered the mobile payments market with its new service FordPay, which lets drivers make transactions from a vehicle.It is part of the company's FordPass platform, described as a "one-stop mobility marketplace". Vehicle manufacturers and mobile makers are teaming up to br...

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