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SUVs responsible for 700 megatonnes of CO2 emissions

SUVs responsible for 700 megatonnes of CO2 emissions

Lies, damned lies, and statistics. Those five words aren’t to disparage the research relating to global CO2 emissions, but merely to point out that statistics can tell any story you want, providing you ask the right questions, or the right people. ‘If all the world’s...

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Going green – the new number plates for electric cars

Going green – the new number plates for electric cars

Depending on what part of the country you live, commute or travel to, you may be aware that purchasing a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) comes with a few perks; cheap or reduced rate parking, perhaps the option to use bus lanes, maybe congestion-zone or ULEZ charge...

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Box junctions: Making roads safer or a covert money-maker?

Box junctions: Making roads safer or a covert money-maker?

Most people view yellow box junctions as a revenue generator, and with figures such as £16m in revenue being quoted, it would be hard to disagree. Or how about the near £3m revenue from a single junction in Fulham? Or the £130 fine for 123,071 motorists caught in...

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Forget VED, we could soon be paying per mile

Forget VED, we could soon be paying per mile

Between Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and fuel duty, the Treasury typically pockets around £40bn each year, a not insubstantial amount of money, but as the push for greener vehicles gets into its stride, there will very clearly be a hole in that revenue, and it’s one that...

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Drivers continue to risk lives with mobile phone use

Drivers continue to risk lives with mobile phone use

We all witness poor driving every time we use the roads, whether we’re also driving, are on foot, or on our bikes. My kitchen window overlooks a bit of a rat-run and I lose track of the number of drivers passing by clutching mobile phones—particularly delivery...

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Electric cars: The most frugal motoring?

Electric cars: The most frugal motoring?

Last week, we told you that the government were looking to bring forward the ban on the sale of new fossil fuelled cars (as the single, motive power source), from 2040 to 2035, in a bid to show their green credentials. The Transport Secretary stated: “We must go...

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BMW and Audi drivers are most disliked on the road in UK

BMW and Audi drivers are most disliked on the road in UK

“Why are BMW drivers not required to indicate?” or even “Why are BMW drivers jerks?”* are just two shocking Google searches that are (apparently) commonly associated with the marque when it comes to online searches. New research has revealed that BMW drivers have the...

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Drivers spend 63 hours commuting to work each year

Drivers spend 63 hours commuting to work each year

A new survey, carried out by Privilege Car Insurance, has been looking into driving habits, behaviours and timings, and while the headline of “We spend nearly two years in our car” is a stretch (we’d have to be driving for nearly 61 years), there are some fascinating...

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Toxic areas in London could knock a fifth off house prices

Toxic areas in London could knock a fifth off house prices

Scientists have disclosed their findings on the most and least polluted streets in London and their study shows that people—including some who live in the most sought after areas—are breathing in unsafe amounts of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), a toxic gas from vehicle...

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Thousands of licences revoked last year – is yours safe?

Thousands of licences revoked last year – is yours safe?

You often hear the phrase that driving is a privilege, not a right, and for 100s of thousands of UK motorists, that privilege has been revoked. Latest research shows that just last year alone, nearly 12,000 new drivers lost their licence under the New Driver Act, and...

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Listening to Led Zeppelin could make you a safer driver

Listening to Led Zeppelin could make you a safer driver

Ever had that moment while driving that you’ve heard a car zoom by and heard the loud drum and bass thudding through the closed windows? A new study conducted out by the South China University of Technology and Guangdong University of Technology found that people who...

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Car makers to stop building cars with manual handbrakes

Car makers to stop building cars with manual handbrakes

If you’ve ever happened across a fast food restaurant late at night, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen the ‘yoofs’ congregated there were doing their best to test their handbrakes to the limit, and show off their driving skills to all onlookers. As adults, we...

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