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06 August 2015 at 11:50

Safety experts are warning parents who drive to throw away their booster seats, as they pose a health hazard for young children. Britax wants parents to install highback booster alternatives instead, with the school summer holidays already well underway.The manufacturer's call comes after its tests found how dangerous boosters really are. Britax's Bin the Booster campaign also wants parents...

06 August 2015 at 11:50

The Lake District tops a new chart of British parents' favourite UK destinations reachable by car. More families want to set their journey planner to the Cumbrian beauty spot than anywhere else, the survey suggests. Over six in 10 parents call the area, which comprises quaint towns such as Keswick and Kendal, a "must-see" experience. Second place in the Freedomtogo.co.uk poll goes to Stone...

05 August 2015 at 13:01

The RAC has questioned ministers' "frustrating" scaling down of driver incentives to switch to eco-friendly cars. The criticism comes on the day the industry claims such vehicles can typically save owners £750 in running costs.The Government-supported Go Ultra Low puts typical diesel or petrol costs at £900 a year, at 12p-a-mile over 7,500 miles. This compares to just £150 for 2p-a-mile in an...

05 August 2015 at 13:01

Motorists in Kent plagued by ongoing traffic jams caused by cross-Channel disruption could find an unlikely saviour in a mothballed airport. Ministers have announced that Manston Airport will be used as a temporary emergency venue for lorries to park up on. The RAC has welcomed the move which could take up to 2,000 trucks off the M20, but says a permanent solution is still needed. Lord Ahma...

05 August 2015 at 13:01

Longer lorries don't necessarily mean more dangerous lorries, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA). The trade body was responding to the recently published Department for Transport (DfT) review of the Longer Semi-Trailer (LST) Trial.Its study concludes that there have been no LST-related deaths or serious injury accidents reported since the trial began three years ago.The FTA s...

05 August 2015 at 13:01

The first contract issued under new-style Highways England arrangements will be a £300 million-plus response and maintenance deal in East Midlands' Area 7. The Government firm is charged with maintaining, modernising and managing England's major A-roads and motorways, and is changing the way it works - bringing forthcoming important jobs in-house. This new 15-year deal will enable the agenc...

04 August 2015 at 14:34

Diesel prices have fallen at the pump as retailers finally pass on wholesale savings to customers, RAC Fuel Watch data confirms.The cost of wholesale diesel has been lower than petrol since the end of May, and the RAC has been calling for this to be reflected at forecourts.In July the average price of diesel fell by 5p a litre, having started the month at 120.63p and ending it at 115.74p.And fo...

04 August 2015 at 14:34

Lorry firm representatives are urging ministers to end Operation Stack, claiming it is putting lives at risk. The measure, aimed at stopping complete gridlock on Kent's main port-bound roads, sees lorries parked up as they wait to go across the Channel.The Road Haulage Association (RHA) has launched a petition-led campaign aimed at ending what it calls misery for the trade, local communities a...

04 August 2015 at 14:34

Most Londoners would choose taxi apps over a traditional Black Cab, a new survey suggests. Rivalry between the two has been simmering, with cabbies staging road-jamming protests against the technology.The poll finds that 55% of Londoners would rather use their Uber cab-summoning smartphone app or others like it, such as Hailo and Gett.Black Cab operators describe the new technology as "disastr...

04 August 2015 at 14:34

Walking and cycling charity Sustrans is calling on lorry drivers to swap their cabs for bikes. It's part of a new road safety initiative in Belfast to help reduce the number of collisions across the city.Karen Mawhinney from the charity, says the scheme will protect vulnerable road users and save lives.A total of 30 pedestrians and cyclists have been killed on roads in Northern Ireland over th...

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