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19 January 2016 at 12:39

Renault has promised to reduce the harmful emissions emitted by its vehicles.The French manufacturer will develop a technical plan over the coming weeks to address the issue, although it remains tight-lipped as to what this could entail.A government-appointed commission in France recently claimed Renault's diesel cars failed pollution tests, with carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions sa...

19 January 2016 at 12:39

Drivers bought more plug-in vehicles last year than they did in the preceding five years put together, according to new figures. New plug-ins on Britain's roads hit an unprecedented 28,188 last year, according to the government and car industry-backed Go Ultra Low campaign.This is 31.1% up on the 21,486 ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) sold from 2010 to 2014 altogether and 94% up on 2014's ...

18 January 2016 at 12:16

The storm-damaged A591 in the Lake District should reopen by the end of May, claims Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Highways England will oversee repair work on a three-mile stretch between St Johns in the Vale and Dunmail Raise, which has been closed since December.Storms Desmond and Eva caused significant damage to the road, with a section at Dunmail Raise washed away after flooding.M...

18 January 2016 at 12:16

Freezing weather could create tricky driving conditions across the country this week, forecasters warn.Severe weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place in Scotland and the North of England, following the weekend's snowfall as temperatures plummeted to -12C. Met Office forecaster Charles Powell says drivers should be aware of the potential for icy roads. The A30 in Cornwall has already ...

18 January 2016 at 12:16

A damaged bridge that has been shut to motorists and pedestrians since the flooding over Christmas is to be fixed with more than £5 million worth of Government funding, it has been announced. The Government's Yorkshire flood envoy, Robert Goodwill, says £5 million has been earmarked to repair the bridge at Elland in Calderdale, West Yorkshire.Another £500,000, meanwhile, has been set aside to...

15 January 2016 at 12:09

England's roads are ready for whatever the winter weather throws at them, the Government has said. Highways England has a winter contingency plan in place should the cold temperatures lead to ice and snow, as predicted. Around 1.7 million tonnes of salt are waiting to be used, including emergency salt reserves held at key locations across the country. More than 400 gritters are also on stan...

15 January 2016 at 12:09

Drivers are suffering more at the hands of potholes than they were 12 months ago, the RAC has reported. The motoring organisation says that it was called out to 25,487 pothole-related breakdowns in 2015, a rise of 24% year on year. These involved damaged shock absorbers, wheels and suspension.The RAC says it is particularly worrying that the numbers are up as the winter was mild at the start a...

15 January 2016 at 12:09

The RAC has issued advice for drivers as wintry weather begins to take a grip on Britain's roads. The country is forecast to suffer the first widespread cold snap of the season, with some parts expected to hit four-year temperature lows at the weekend.The driving organisation says that breakdowns are not an inevitable consequence of freezing temperatures and recommends a special in-car winter...

15 January 2016 at 12:09

A new state-of-the-art electric and hybrid vehicle testing facility has opened in Milton Keynes.The Intertek laboratory will support the Government's pledge for every new car and van to be emission-free by 2040.Among the cutting-edge technology at the site are battery simulators designed to test the latest plug-in cars with improved ranges. There is also e missions measurement equipment to gaug...

14 January 2016 at 12:52

Falling oil prices could result in motorists paying less per litre for their fuel than they do for some bottled water, according to the RAC. Some analysts have predicted oil price could drop as low as $10 per barrel this year. That, says the motoring organisation, could push down petrol prices to as little as 86p a litre if sterling does not weaken further against the US dollar.The last six we...

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