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11 September 2014 at 12:33

Motorists should be offered cash to persuade them to scrap their highly-polluting cars, according to Boris Johnson.A scrappage scheme offering payments ranging from £1,000 and £2,000 for highly-polluting diesel vehicles older than a year has been proposed by the Mayor of London, who has been questioned by Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee.The measure has been put forward as a way of im...

11 September 2014 at 12:33

Motorists could face low emission zones in towns and cities across the UK if Labour wins the next election, it has been revealed.With local councils having already been given the responsibility to pay European fines for failing to meet air quality standards, Labour wants them to be handed the powers to help tackle the problem.Maria Eagle, the shadow environment secretary, says air pollution is ...

11 September 2014 at 12:33

Motorists in Wales who light up behind the wheel with children in their vehicle could soon face on-the-spot fines.The Welsh government has begun consulting on plans to change the law which, if implemented, would see offenders issued with £50 penalties.A spokesman for the Welsh government says the proposals are aimed at protecting people under the age of 18 from the dangers of breathing in secon...

11 September 2014 at 12:33

New guidance being made available to companies should help to ensure that vehicle fleets are better prepared for the roads, a road safety charity claims.Brake says the information available in its Fleet Safety Forum will place company vehicles at a reduced risk of breakdown , expensive repairs and dangerous crashes.Statistics from 2012 show that defects in vehicles contributed to 2,123 road cra...

10 September 2014 at 10:53

Weather-related road incidents could soon be on the rise again with a trend towards more extreme winters predicted for the future.Scientists are warning there is no longer such thing as a 'typical British winter', as in recent years the season has become unpredictable and volatile.This year temperatures were generally mild but there were tumultuous storms, whereas in 2012 Britain suffered one o...

10 September 2014 at 10:53

Judges at the Court of Appeal have dismissed an attempt by footballer Marlon King to change his sentence over a driving offence which left a motorist seriously injured.Former Birmingham and Sheffield United striker King pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at Nottingham Crown Court in May and was handed an 18-month jail sentence.The 34-year-old had been eating an ice-cream while driv...

10 September 2014 at 10:53

Thousands of new university students are preparing to head off to university in what could be their first long-distance road trip behind the wheel.To help ensure their journey to university goes safely and smoothly, driving experts have issued a tailored set of handy tips.Students are likely to be taking along bags full of clothes and boxes laden with books, food and supplies to get them throug...

10 September 2014 at 10:53

It's another milestone for the marvellous Mini as it clocked up production of its three millionth car since 2001.The Mini has reclaimed its position as one of the most popular vehicles in the world - a British brand, although steered by Germany's BMW Group, with two million international exports as part of this boost.The iconic brand has seen sales in 110 markets across the world. In the 13 yea...

10 September 2014 at 10:53

The hands-free commute could become a reality as soon as 2020 after Honda unveiled a prototype vehicle which can safely drive itself on the road.The Acura RLX sedan completed an eight-mile route in Detroit with the driver's hands being completely off the steering wheel the whole time.A beacon using laser beams made the hands-free drive possible - the car's surroundings are continually monitored...

09 September 2014 at 14:31

Almost one in five drink-drive convictions are now accounted for by women, a new survey shows.The research shows that the proportion of women caught driving while over the legal alcohol limit has nearly doubled over the last 15 years.According to the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund, in 1998 around 9% of drink-driving convictions issued in relation to women drivers.But this figure has now risen to 17% w...

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