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30 June 2015 at 14:55

Home Office figures reveal hauliers are forking out millions of pounds in fines for illegal stowaways. Penalties totalling £12.4 million have been handed out since the current rules were introduced in 2008, which state companies must pay up to £2,000 for each person found travelling illegally into the UK.Fines apply whether the driver is aware of the stowaway's presence or not.The latest data ...

29 June 2015 at 11:44

The move towards driverless car technology has suffered a slight hiccup after a near miss in California, Reuters reports. The non-collision incident involving the autonomous prototype vehicles happened in Silicon Valley on Palo Alto's San Antonio Road last week.Tuesday's close call featured one car from Delphi Automative and the other from Google Inc, one of the former's directors told the new...

29 June 2015 at 11:44

Renault is urgently recalling thousands of cars following a braking system glitch. The French motor manufacturing giant found some of its Capturs had wrongly-positioned wheel-arch liners. This caused them to scrape against their brake hoses, prompting a recall of over 27,000 vehicles. Drivers of the mini-SUV model in Ireland and the UK have been asked to have their vehicles inspected.A safety...

29 June 2015 at 11:44

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a new vehicle handover suite which it claims will offer unprecedented customer experience. It means that drivers buying a car at its Goodwood, West Sussex plant can choose their car in the ultimate luxury.There will be three rooms to select from, with sound system, turntable and stage included. From here, customers worldwide will be able to tailor-make their own Rolls...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

The RAC is urging motorists to give their vehicles the once-over ahead of an expected mini-heatwave next week. Temperatures could exceed 30C (86F) in parts of the UK, with tennis fans at Wimbledon likely to feel the heat.The hot spell will begin on Monday, as a warm front moves in from Europe. But while the prospect of prolonged sunshine is an attractive one, the intense temperatures can cause...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

Sheila Hancock wants motorists over 80 years old to undergo competence tests, in order to get a better deal on their insurance. The former Rag Trade actress was astounded when her car insurance premium "absurdly" rocketed by 157%, from last year's £873.29 to £2,246.79 this time round.Hancock, who owns a 2012 Mini Cooper, claims older motorists such as herself are being discriminated against.T...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

McLaren has reported record-breaking sales and financial figures for last year. The UK supercar manufacturer's announcement comes as it also revealed it has started making a new, limited-edition hybrid model.Surrey-based McLaren's pre-tax profits went up over threefold from £4.5 million in 2013 - its first year in the black - to £15 million in 2014.Woking factory sources put this down to burge...

26 June 2015 at 14:16

A little knowledge has gone a long way in the case of the official taxi drivers' test - 150 years to be precise. Thursday saw the landmark anniversary of The Knowledge. London's taxi drivers are essentially expected to have a in-built journey planner and correctly memorise the capital's streets before they qualify.Boris Johnson marked the event by posing for the cameras. The London Mayor als...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

Road casualties across the spectrum are up, reversing a downward trend that has lasted for nearly 20 years, according to official figures. The last time casualty figures went up was in 1997.The "significantly concerning" statistics have prompted the RAC to call for ministers to fast-track a new nationwide road safety strategy. Casualties among older people - the fastest-growing category - par...

25 June 2015 at 14:33

Patriotic British motorists have helped to swell car manufacturing output in the UK, according to official trade figures. Thousands of UK people buying a car bought British last month - with 119,338 vehicles rolling off the production lines.This represented growth of 2.3% on the corresponding month last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reported. Vehicles built for t...

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