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13 January 2016 at 13:20

Significant improvements must be made to northern England's network of roads and railways if the region is to become an economic powerhouse, according to the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The institution has told the National Infrastructure Commission that a complete overhaul of the North's entire transport network is required if the potential for growth is to be fulfilled.Richard Thre...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Petrol-heads from all over the world have joined manufacturers for the Northern American International Auto Show in Detroit this week. Several exciting announcements have been made at the event in the US, which opened its doors on Monday, including the unveiling of the new Mercedes E-Class. The forthcoming model is said to be able to a chieve cruising speeds of 130mph and keep safe distan...

13 January 2016 at 13:20

Technical glitches or safety concerns have resulted in drivers having to step in and take control on scores of occasions during the testing of driverless cars on public roads in the US, reports show. With permission from California's Department of Motor Vehicles, seven firms have been testing self-driving vehicles on the state's roads over the last 16 months.Google's test reports, released by ...

11 January 2016 at 12:53

Volkswagen's boss has apologised over last year's emissions scandal during a trip to the United States.Matthias Mueller, who replaced Martin Winterkorn as the German manufacturer's chief executive shortly after the news broke in September, spoke of the disappointment that the "defeat device" had caused customers, regulators and the general public across the country.Around 11 million of its dies...

11 January 2016 at 12:53

A succession of driverless vehicles are to be developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance between now and the end of the decade, it has been announced. The alliance says it will roll out more than 10 models with autonomous technology over the next four years, with the vehicles set to be available to motorists in the UK, Europe and the US as well as Japan and China.Promising that prices will b...

11 January 2016 at 12:53

Significantly fewer full-time traffic police officers are on the road in England and Wales, an investigation has revealed.Auto Express found that numbers fell by almost a third between 2010 and 2015, down from 5,327 to 3,742.As many as 36 of the 42 forces in England and Wales now have fewer officers at their disposal, despite an increase in the number of road laws.Just 115 remain on the books i...

08 January 2016 at 14:11

Safety experts have blown up a huge boulder that was perched above a major road alongside a Scottish beauty spot. Inspectors discovered the 150-tonne rock on the The Rest and Be Thankful mountain pass after a landslide hit the A83 linking Tarbet with Campbeltown on December 30.The rock measured 3.96mx3.96m and balanced 175m over the A-road.Officers shut the A83 as they undertook safety checks ...

08 January 2016 at 14:11

Five drivers with more than 37 points on their licences have escaped driving bans because of the "exceptional hardship" it would have caused them.Figures released by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency following a Freedom of Information request by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) show one of the motorists, a provisional licence holder from Oxford, amassed a grand total of 51 poin...

08 January 2016 at 14:11

Sports car maker McLaren is to double its workforce in a bid to meet strong demand for its luxury models. An extra 250 employees will be taken on at its base in Surrey, while a second shift will also be added to its manufacturing line.Demand for the British manufacturer's 200mph super cars has accelerated ahead in recent years, no doubt helped by its presence in Formula One.McLaren's privately-...

08 January 2016 at 14:11

The latest driving technology is being shown off in Las Vegas this week as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) rolls into town. Hundreds of new automotive developments have taken centre stage at the popular event, which attracts petrolheads from far and wide.Driverless tech is very much on the agenda, as some of the biggest names in manufacturing continue to invest heavily in self-driving veh...

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