Orange refuge bays to help drivers confused by no hard shoulder

Orange refuge bays to help drivers confused by no hard shoulder

Emergency pull off areas on smart motorways, spaced every 1.6 miles, are to be painted bright orange in an effort to make them stand out so drivers know where they are and what they’re to be used for. Highways England has said that 52% of drivers didn’t even know emergency refuge areas existed on smart more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 20th Jul 2017

Pay-per-mile tax plan wins £250,000 Wolfson Economics Prize

A graduate transport planner has won the annual Wolfson Economics prize by coming up with a radical way for motorists to pay for all forms of motoring taxation. The universal “pay as you drive” model combines car insurance, road tax, congestion and pollution levies, as well as fuel duty. The Wolfson Economics Prize, founded by more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 20th Jul 2017

Could listening to music while driving be banned?

University College London has published a study which indicates that listening to music while driving causes low level distraction that leads to slower reaction times and a reduced awareness of road conditions around you while driving. The creator of the study, Dr Ulrich Pomper, admits that in normal driving conditions for normal drivers the impact more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Dartford Crossing chasing 2m drivers for 2016 fines

An incredible two million people were given a fine in 2016 for using the Dartford Crossing without paying the toll. That equates to 5% of all drivers in the UK, according to new figures released by Highways England. The bridge and tunnel system connects Essex and Kent both over and under the River Thames. It more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Drivers spend up to 67 hours per year looking for parking spaces

UK drivers are spending an average of 44 hours per year trying to find parking spaces. In the worst cases, drivers are losing as much as 67 hours every year. That’s according to research by INRIX Parking. INRIX states that the time and fuel wasted on the hunt for that illusive space means that every more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Missed a car repayment? A ‘kill switch’ could render your car immobile!

With the car financing sector already embroiled in a scandal surrounding loans to customers who can’t afford them, another controversial practice has now been uncovered. Lenders are fitting ‘kill switches.’ The devices can potentially leave drivers of financed vehicles at the side of the road if they fail to make their repayments on time. According more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 19th Jul 2017

Car sales fall as cost of ownership and economic uncertainty rises

Data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has shown that new car registrations were down for the third month in a row in June. The SMMT predicts that new car sales could end up being 5% down in 2017 (compared to 2016) if the trend continues. This would be the first more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 13th Jul 2017

M6 toll fares rise for first time in 5 years

Midland Express Limited (MEL), which operates the M6 toll connecting M6 junctions 3a and 11a, has announced that it will be increasing the cost of its daytime toll charge by 40p. It is the first increase for five years. A one-way trip for car drivers will rise to £5.90 at the main tolls, and £4.40 more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 13th Jul 2017

Review of UK fuel prices June 2017: is the party over?

Many of us were hoping that falls in the wholesale price for fuel in May and early June would mean that we’d see a fifth successive decline in fuel prices in June. We were not disappointed. However, although the “cheap fuel party” continued in June, there are some indications it may finish in July, followed more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Eight out of ten drivers ignore 20mph speed limit, claims report

Department for Transport (DfT) data has shown that 80% of drivers are turning a blind eye to the 20mph speed limit. According to official figures, the majority of these motorists are travelling at 21-25mph, with 15% exceeding 30mph and 1% clocked at over 40mph.     The DfT’s data was sourced from nine 20mph areas more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Crash payouts 17 times higher in UK than in other countries

Research by the RAC Foundation has revealed that payouts for crash-related personal injuries are dramatically higher in Britain than in the rest of Europe. This is leaving UK drivers paying far more for their insurance premiums than their European neighbours. To meet the long-term care costs of someone who has suffered catastrophic injuries in a more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 12th Jul 2017

Volvo to be fully electric or hybrid by 2019

Swedish automotive brand Volvo has announced that it will be the first mainstream car brand to cease production of combustion engines powered solely by petrol or diesel. The landmark announcement stats that from 2019 onwards, Volvo will only produce electric charge or hybrid vehicles. The RAC Foundation believes this could be the “spark which turns more »

By Josh Elliott
News entry dated 06th Jul 2017

Government commits £6.1 billion to upgrading major roads and motorways

A £6.1 billion programme of road improvements has been announced by Transport Minister Jesse Norman as part of the £23 billion already earmarked for upgrading England’s road network. The ambitious programme is designed to help road users by reducing journey times, driving down congestion and ramping up capacity on key roads. (Credit – Pixabay) Over more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

MOT lottery: service and MOT costs vary hugely depending on where you live

New research shows that if you live in London, you could pay up to 42% more for your car’s servicing and MOT than you would in Stoke-on-Trent. Such disparities have been highlighted by MyCarNeedsa.com‘s research into the often murky waters of the trade. South West London is the priciest area, with a service and MOT more »

By Adam Phillips
News entry dated 05th Jul 2017

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