Highways England trialling different variable speed limits

Anyone driving on the M3 last week may not have realised it but they were taking part in a secret test of variable speed limits. Highways England said that though it didn’t publicise the fact, it was testing an increase from 50mph to 55mph on the new smart motorway section in Surrey and Hampshire. Highways more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

MPs call for default lists on subprime car finance market

MPs have called for the car finance industry to begin publishing the details of defaults and arrears rates, as concern about the amount and type of finance being offered continues to grow. Concerns about the health of the car finance industry and the value of vehicles have led to MPs asking questions about how these more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

Five accessories to keep you cool this summer

The thought of getting into the car during the summer months can be an unpleasant one, as there is rarely a more uncomfortable place to be than in an overheated vehicle. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for keeping you and your passengers cool during summer car journeys, so we’ve put together a list of more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

Britons spend £42 million a year on failed driving tests

The DVLA has shared statistics which show where the hardest and easiest places to pass a driving test are in the UK, based on data collected from 2015 to 2016. Interestingly, just 48% of the 1.3 million driving tests conducted each year were passed. At a cost of £62 per test, this means that Britons are more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 30th Jun 2017

Most serious driving accidents occur in summer, not winter

According to motoring experts, you shouldn’t fear snow and rain; the REAL threat is sunshine. The Lookers car-buying firm claims that drivers should not dread dark nights and black ice in winter, because it’s actually during the summer months that UK drivers experience the majority of fatal and serious accidents. This is backed up by more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 29th Jun 2017

The diesel ‘fightback’ begins

Diesel car owners may feel a little under siege of late, given the sudden emphasis on diesel cars being the cause of much of the pollution in our towns and cities, along with plans to impose toxicity charge zones across the country. However, are diesel cars really the main culprits, or are other sources of more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 28th Jun 2017

Oil prices continue to fall, how low will they go?

Motorists around the country could be seeing another drop in the price of fuel, as the cost of oil continues to fall. It dropped to $45 a barrel last week. Fuel prices have reached their lowest point since the beginning of the year, as the price of Brent crude has fallen steadily from $57 a more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 28th Jun 2017

Government demands UK-wide electric vehicle charging points

As part of last week’s Queen’s Speech, the government announced the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill. The bill could have significant implications for the future of electric and self-driving vehicles, as well as for the UK’s position as what the government terms a “world leader in new industries.”     The draft legislation states that more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 28th Jun 2017

Be aware of ‘phishing email’ scams targeting motorists

A recent phishing scam aimed at motorists has been illegally trying to steal people’s personal details by sending emails that appear to be from the DVLA, offering a tax refund. The email contains a message stating that the individual is due a refund of £239.35 as they have overpaid, and can apply for the money more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 23rd Jun 2017

Amazon to sell cars online in the UK

Rumour has it that e-commerce giant Amazon is going to start selling cars, with a trial set to take place in the UK before it is rolled out to other countries. Amazon has previously tested selling the Fiat 500 in Italy, and now it has manufacturers from Germany who are on board with the idea more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 22nd Jun 2017

ASDA fuel price cut – did other petrol retailers follow suit?

Supermarket giant ASDA cut the price of its fuel by 2 pence a litre last Thursday following the drop in wholesale prices, leaving other supermarkets to scramble to keep their prices competitive. The reduction will bring its price to a national cap of 111.7 pence per litre for unleaded. The cap will apply to all more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 21st Jun 2017

Drivers breathe nine times more pollution than cyclists and pedestrians

The UK’s first National Clean Air Day was on 15 June 2017. It came with some dire warnings about problems with pollution on our roads and the dangers to motorists and their passengers, as well as to children and cyclists. According to research commissioned by the Global Action Plan (GAP) and the UK Health Alliance more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 21st Jun 2017

The street lamp: how it’s charging an electric vehicle revolution

The electric vehicle (EV) is finding real traction both in the UK and across the globe. However, a serious issue remains – the limited number of EV charging points. Is it possible that the humble street lamp could hold the answer? The UK’s charging infrastructure is often citied as one of the biggest bottlenecks to more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 21st Jun 2017

The new MOT: down-to-earth or downright dangerous?

The government is currently reviewing the results of its consultation on extending a new car’s need to have its first MOT from three years to four. For drivers’ wallets, it’s potentially good news, but many in the auto sector remain deeply concerned about the plan. Representing the biggest change to the MOT for 50 years, more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 21st Jun 2017

Will car loans be the next mis-selling scandal?

The latest Financial Ombudsman’s Annual Report shows that car finance loans have become the third most complained about matter. Following payday loans and PPI, car finance complaints have increased by a staggering 64% in the last year, leading experts to admit that this could be the next mis-selling scandal. What are personal contract purchases? A more »

By Nick Wagstaff
News entry dated 16th Jun 2017