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06 November 2014 at 12:07

Despite a freshly-announced round of supermarket cuts to the price of petrol and diesel, the Treasury Chief Secretary has accused suppliers of failing to pass on the benefits of falling oil prices to motorists. Danny Alexander describes a "rocket and feather effect", claiming the suspicion among the public is that when the price of oil rises, prices go up like a rocket at the pumps. But when ...

06 November 2014 at 12:07

The number of 'crash for cash' incidents has reached an all-time high - with more people deliberately staging road accidents to gain fraudulent whiplash-injury compensation. New research reveals a 21% rise in organised fraud cases compared with 2013.Organised gangs are at the heart of the increase, which is bumping up car insurance premiums for honest drivers, with Birmingham and Greater Londo...

06 November 2014 at 12:07

Nearly four in 10 motorists would be more likely to buy a car if they could avoid talking to car salespeople. That's according to new research, commissioned by Rockar Hyundai, into the buying habits of consumers.A quarter of motorists have even been put off splashing out on a car because of the current buying process, while almost half will only ever head to a dealership or garage right at the...

06 November 2014 at 12:07

New car sales are on course to hit a 10-year high as demand for the latest models continues to power ahead. Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show there were 179,714 new registrations in October - a 14.2% year-on-year rise - taking the total so far in 2014 to a whopping 2,137,910.It is the first time the two million mark has been reached in October sinc...

06 November 2014 at 12:07

Getting behind the wheel, or jumping on the saddle, when suffering from a cold or flu can be extremely dangerous. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is therefore encouraging drivers and riders to think twice about embarking on a journey if they're felling unwell - instead resting at home until the symptoms subside.Research shows that our concentration falls by more than half when we're ...

05 November 2014 at 11:53

Sadiq Khan has promised to "co-operate fully" with any police investigation over claims he was photographed using his mobile phone while driving. The shadow justice secretary, who is regarded as a potential Labour candidate to be London's mayor, was photographed allegedly using his mobile phone behind the wheel of his Volkswagen car in the capital on Monday.Conservative MP Justin Tomlinson rep...

05 November 2014 at 11:53

Motorists that are convicted of causing death will no longer be able to serve their driving bans behind bars. A ban can currently be served in prison alongside a sentence, but new laws to be brought forward by justice minister Mike Penning will change all that.Mr Penning says the fact that dangerous drivers who cause deaths can be banned from the roads by a judge, only to then serve out the ba...

05 November 2014 at 11:53

Significantly more money needs to be spent on flood protection in order to avoid a repeat last winter's extensive damage. That's according to a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) assessing the state of flood defences in England.It claims that half of them - equating to 1,356 schemes - looked after by the Environment Agency are only being maintained to a "minimal level" because they deli...

05 November 2014 at 11:53

Roads in the UK could be given 'star ratings' as part of a bid to help drivers stay safe when getting from A to B. The official ratings, proposed by ministers, would help identify the safest and most dangerous routes across the country, as well as put the unwanted spotlight on local authorities with the worst safety records.Roads Minister Robert Goodwill has urged the Highways Agency and counc...

05 November 2014 at 11:53

Iconic UK engineering group Rolls-Royce will cut 2,600 jobs over the course of the next 18 months. It is part of a large-scale restructuring process that will mainly affect its aerospace operation as it responds to a tougher economic climate.The company announced earlier this year that it will fail to grow in 2014 due to the impact of defence spending cuts, but it maintains that it will be str...

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