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01 December 2014 at 10:49

The Government has unveiled a new £15 billion programme of road building. Ministers are calling it the biggest roads development scheme for decades, while the RAC has hailed "a victory for common sense".The announcement comes hot off the heels of the warning from the RAC Foundation that the country's roads will have to accommodate an anticipated 7 million extra motorists by 2035.On Monday Depu...

01 December 2014 at 10:49

Drink-drive suspects will be named and shamed on social media this Christmas. Two police forces are using Twitter in a bid to reduce the amount of motorists who drive having consumed excess alcohol this month. Drug-drivers will also be subject to the same campaign.Surrey and Sussex forces launched the joint initiative on Monday, outlining the details of each alleged offence.RAC head of externa...

01 December 2014 at 10:49

Three-point turns and the art of reversing around a corner could soon be consigned to the dustbin of driving test history, the Government has suggested. Learner drivers could soon experience the most radical changes made to the examination in two decades.About 1,000 UK learners are being invited to trial fresh practical test steps aimed at reflecting real-life motoring better than the likes of...

01 December 2014 at 10:49

Motorists can expect lorry drivers to travel faster along dual carriageways from next spring. Ministers have announced that the speed limit for HGVs will rise to 60mph from 50mph, on April 6.A similar increase for HGVs along single carriageways from the same date had already been revealed earlier this year. Previously, lorry drivers exceeding 50mph on these roads risked points on their licenc...

01 December 2014 at 10:49

Motorists are being reassured by local authorities they won't be caught out by freezing weather this winter. Stockpiled salt levels hover around the 1.3 million-tonne mark, according to a new Local Government Association (LGA) survey.More than nine in 10 English and Welsh authorities are maintaining or raising stock supplies this winter, the poll found, despite funding cuts. Three in four cou...

28 November 2014 at 11:43

Asda has sparked a likely supermarket forecourt price battle by announcing a cut in the cost of its fuel. As world oil prices plunge, Asda is knocking 2p a litre off its petrol and diesel from Saturday. This means drivers will pay no more than 117.7p a litre for petrol and 121.7p for diesel. RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: "As OPEC decided not to cut production yesterday, the Brent...

28 November 2014 at 11:43

The Dartford Crossing's toll booths are being scrapped this weekend in a bid to ease congestion for drivers at one of Europe's biggest motorway bottlenecks. Motorists setting their journey planners via the crossing should notice a big difference from Sunday morning. This is when the 27 booths are being scrapped for more modernised payment methods - 51 years after they were first introduced. F...

28 November 2014 at 11:43

Illegal or discourteous parking is among the most despised practices in Britain, according to a new poll. The survey suggests that parking in disabled or family parking spaces with no entitlement is among the most hated habits.Both parking misdemeanours are listed among the worst habits in the eyes of 2,070 adults surveyed by the Charities Aid Foundation. Using a disabled space with no blue b...

28 November 2014 at 11:43

A new steering wheel that doubles up as a virtual doctor has won its designer a prestigious prize. Nicole Agba's "Steer Right" intelligent wheel can measure drivers' alcohol levels, breathing patterns and heart rate.The device automatically cuts out the vehicle when it detects excess alcohol in the driver's bloodstream by calculating chemicals in their sweat, hopefully one day preventing many...

28 November 2014 at 11:43

Ford's first hybrid-electric vehicle to be both sold and made in Europe has gone into production - and should be on sale in Britain from next month. Its eco-friendly Mondeo Hybrid boasts a taxman-appeasing 99g/km carbon dioxide discharge rating, Ford claims.The US manufacturing giant said the car can also achieve 100.9mpg in urban areas. Its petrol-driven 2.0-litre engine combines with a lithi...

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