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16 June 2015 at 15:32

HGV drivers are being urged to take extra care when approaching the Dartford Tunnel. The crossing no longer relies on staff at toll booths to identify oversized vehicles and hazardous loads.A new traffic safety system has been put in place to detect unsuitable vehicles. It means it is now up to drivers planning journeys via the crossing to make sure they are in the correct lane.Failure to foll...

16 June 2015 at 15:32

Smoking motorists could divert Scottish police's war on terrorism, the country's law enforcement leaders fear. Holyrood Liberal Democrat Jim Hume has called for smokers to get £100 fines if they smoke while children under 18 are in the car.This MSP's proposed ban, which has the Scottish Government's support but is yet to be approved, has sparked concern from Police Scotland , however.The force...

16 June 2015 at 15:32

A land speed record-chasing supersonic car is to make its "slow-motion" debut at a Cornish testing ground at "only" 200mph. Bloodhound SSC handlers hope the speed machine will eventually break the 1,000mph barrier on a South African desert track next year.Before that, the team will be heading off to Newquay Aerohub within the next few months.At top speed it is expected to travel a mile (1.6km)...

15 June 2015 at 13:34

Getting from A to B could take a lot longer if the Government presses ahead with its development plans, it is warned. The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) claims long queues and big jams would become a common sight on the road network, as new housing, retail and office developments force people to drive everywhere.It is calling on ministers to base planning policies around the supply of pub...

15 June 2015 at 13:34

If you're planning a caravan holiday this summer then Volkswagen's latest Passat Estate 2.0 is the car to get you there, the results of the 2015 Tow Car Awards suggest.The car towed off the event's top award for a record third time with versions of the vehicle also taking the honours in the 1,400-1,549kg and 1,700-1,899kg categories.The Land Rover Discovery 3.0, meanwhile, made it eight wins in...

15 June 2015 at 13:34

The Government has made a "mess" of scrapping the paper part of the driving licence, according to Labour. Instead of motorists having the information they needed to hire a car in their pocket, shadow transport minister Richard Burden says they have to rely on an online service which broke down on its first day.The counterpart to the photocard driving licence is now invalid and will no longer b...

12 June 2015 at 11:50

More than 400 drivers a month are being arrested for drug-driving, new figures have revealed.New laws in England and Wales have set limits at very low levels for eight drugs commonly associated with illegal use, including cannabis and cocaine, while police have new equipment at their disposal.The data, obtained by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) under the Freedom of Information Act,...

12 June 2015 at 11:50

Jaguar Land Rover's (JLR) scientists are creating technology to help drivers combat one of their biggest bugbears. The motorist of the future will be buying a car which can avoid potholes, if the researchers' plan comes to fruition.Only this March, the Asphalt Industry Alliance reported that a sixth of the UK's roads were rated in a poor condition.Such hazards leave many motorists having to cl...

12 June 2015 at 11:50

Motorists can get further peace of mind when they come to choose mechanics, thanks to a Government-backed "good garage" initiative. It means that drivers can view lists of the most trusted car repair firms in their area at the click of an internet button, especially as the top 11 have just been announced.For years, motorists have been able to use the RAC's nationwide approved garage network , ...

12 June 2015 at 11:50

A prototype car on show in France has taken the idea of long-distance driving up several gears.The Microjoule La Joliverie recorded 10,652 miles per gallon ahead of the 24 Hours of Le Mans - the oldest endurance race in the world - highlighting the huge development potential in internal combustion.It swept aside the competition in a special Shell Eco-marathon , continuing its recent domination ...

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