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Petrol sales suffered 20% drop in 2020

Petrol sales suffered 20% drop in 2020

How often did you drive your car in 2020? With months of lockdown and year-long travel restrictions in place, you likely used your vehicle considerably less in 2020 than usual. Official statistics this week reveal that this caused petrol sales to drop by an average of...

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Pothole repair budget cut despite rising vehicle damage

Pothole repair budget cut despite rising vehicle damage

In February 2021, it was announced that councils will miss out on £375million of their annual road maintenance budget, meaning funding for pothole repairs has been significantly reduced. The government’s initial promise was to afford councils £1.5billon for the upkeep...

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Electric vehicle grants slashed by £500

Electric vehicle grants slashed by £500

In an effort to encourage drivers to make the electric vehicle switch to reduce emissions, the government has been subsidising 35% of the price of specific models of electric vehicles. This grant previously stood at £3,000. As demand has increased rapidly, however,...

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Car insurance cost of cover remains at four year low

Car insurance cost of cover remains at four year low

The average cost of car insurance cover has remained at a four-year low as a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic, This is Money suggests. Reduced traffic on the roads and decreased settled car insurance claims over the last year have kept the average cost of...

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Price of electric vehicles impacting uptake in some areas

Price of electric vehicles impacting uptake in some areas

While the switch to electric vehicles is being encouraged, it seems that the government’s go-green scheme has failed to take into consideration the price of these vehicles and what that means for overall uptake. New research has revealed that there is an apparent rise...

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Fuel duty freeze won’t stop rising pump prices, experts warn

Fuel duty freeze won’t stop rising pump prices, experts warn

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the fuel duty freeze will be extended for its tenth year, but experts warn that pump prices could continue to rise significantly in the coming months. Since 2011, fuel duty has been at a fixed rate of 57.95p-a-litre,...

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New LitterCam means more fines for motorists

New LitterCam means more fines for motorists

In a bid to rid our roads of rubbish, a new anti-litter scheme is being rolled out in some areas, with the installation of the new LitterCam to begin in April. Maidstone Borough Council in Kent will be one of the first to introduce the scheme. The LitterCam will be...

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Motorists blamed for misunderstanding smart motorways

Motorists blamed for misunderstanding smart motorways

It has been announced this week that instructions for using smart motorways will be added to The Highway Code after Highways England suggest they become dangerous when motorists misunderstand how to use them safely. Head of Road Safety at Highways England, Jeremy...

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Petrol prices set to stay high after lockdown ends

Petrol prices set to stay high after lockdown ends

With petrol prices already high despite the current restrictions on driving, the RAC has warned that they may not yet have reached their peak and could soar after lockdown ends. The concern comes after the revelation that the price of petrol in the week beginning 15th...

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Drivers to give up cars for cash in government’s go green plan

Drivers to give up cars for cash in government’s go green plan

In a new government proposal to cut emissions and ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, drivers could be given cash in return for swapping their car for more environmentally friendly travel options like electric scooters and bicycles. It will form an essential part of the government’s go green plan.

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Smart motorways set to stay despite danger claims

Smart motorways set to stay despite danger claims

‘How many more people must die before you will make a decision and immediately suspend the use of the hard shoulder for driving traffic? Enough is enough,’ says shadow transport secretary, Jim McMahon, as the smart motorway danger dispute continues. The plea was...

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Minor traffic offence fines given government go-ahead

Minor traffic offence fines given government go-ahead

In London, up to one million minor traffic offence fines are handed out each year by local authorities. Now, MPs have confirmed that the extra powers enabling London authorities to do this will be extended over the rest of the country in the coming months. This means...

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