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09 October 2014 at 12:44

An English motorway regularly used by members of the criminal community has been the subject of a major police operation.The M5, which connects the midlands to the south west of England, has been identified by police as a key route for people traffickers, drug smugglers and burglars among others.Officers dealt with more than 290 people during Operation Unity, which saw the entire length of moto...

09 October 2014 at 12:44

The Government has announced that it will trial a new data-sharing scheme aimed at ensuring more foreign vehicles are taxed in the UK.The scheme will see HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the DVLA and six police forces across the country share information to help identify those cars that have been driven on British roads for more than half a year.This will allow the authorities to ensure that driv...

09 October 2014 at 12:44

Motorists are most likely to have their car stolen in the City of London and least likely in Devon and Cornwall, a new report reveals. Car theft figures from 42 police force areas in England and Wales were examined during a 10-year period ending in 2013, and compared with the number of people living in them.Also in the five most rife areas for car theft are Greater Manchester, Greater London, ...

09 October 2014 at 12:44

Experts have questioned the validity of official fuel economy figures from manufacturers, with smaller cars seeing the biggest discrepancies.Drivers have long been told that a smaller vehicle will offer a better miles per gallon (mpg) rate than cars with bigger, more powerful engines.However, the official figures put out by car makers are calculated under laboratory conditions and don't take ac...

09 October 2014 at 12:44

More than 100,000 vehicles have used a private toll road that allows motorists to bypass a blocked main route. The temporary road across two fields, made of rolled chippings, allows drivers to get around Kelston Road - a busy section of the A431 linking Bath and Bristol - after it had to be closed because of a landslide.The man behind the toll road, 62-year-old Mike Watts, thought of the idea ...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

The number of crashes caused by drivers using mobile phones increased by more than a fifth (21%) in three years, new figures reveal. According to Department for Transport data 349 collisions involved mobile phone use in 2010; a figure rising to 422 by 2013. The increase came during a period in which the total number of road incidents investigated by police fell around 10% - from 120,827 to 108...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Motorists from overseas have escaped punishment for more than 23,000 cases of speeding since the beginning of last year, figures show. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) made Freedom of Information requests to all the police authorities in England and Wales. It found that total fines for the 23,295 offences which went unpunished would have amounted to £2.3 million if collected.Foreign s...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Toyota is enjoying increased sales of hybrid cars in the UK thanks in part to the growing popularity of the Auris Hybrid. New figures released by Toyota GB show petrol-electric hybrids account for almost a quarter (22.5%) of its total sales nationwide - shifting 20.6% more Auris Hybrids then this time a year ago.In fact, the reputation of the Auris Hybrid now means it makes up almost half of a...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

Sports Utility Vehicles may have a reputation for being gas-guzzlers, but a woman from Dorset is proving that doesn't have to be the case.Roz Drinkwater drives her Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for free and is now being used as an example of how motoring could be in the future.The Outlander is a hybrid vehicle which can cover more than 30 miles on electric power alone. ...

08 October 2014 at 14:31

A safety check on Vauxhall's Corsa and Adam models has been expanded to include older versions of the vehicles.Owners were told not to drive models of the vehicles registered since May 2014 after it was announced that their steering system may not meet specification.But this has now been expanded to include vehicles registered since February 2014 following further investigations.The fault origi...

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