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April 2013 News

Councillors eye road repair safety drive

30/04/2013 14:00:00
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Improving road surfaces and reducing potholes is the top road safety priority for local councillors, according to a new survey. Road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), reports that 74% of councillors had repairing potholes in their top five road-safety priorities, although significantly, 61% also think that the bu ...

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Mechanic writes off two cars during MOT

29/04/2013 17:00:00
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A mother-of-two was left without her Ford Focus after a mechanic recklessly ploughed into it with a customer's 220,000 Lamborghini. Andrew Mitchinson, 37, lost control of the 6.2-litre Murcielago on a wet road and smashed into the stationary Focus during a routine MoT brake test. Both cars were written off during the incident. Mr ...

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Children 'put at risk' by parent drivers

26/04/2013 14:00:00
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Parents are putting young children at risk of serious or fatal injury due to a lack of knowledge about car seats, a report by Which? claims. The belief that seats should be chosen based on a child's age was found to be a common misconception among parents, with over a quarter of mums and dads with toddlers wrongly thinking this. I ...

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Drivers' text life 'not improved by voices'

25/04/2013 14:00:00
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New research suggests that when it comes to drivers texting, new voice-to-SMS methods are just as dangerous as traditional manual means. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) study found that voice-to-text drivers enjoyed no safety advantages. Researchers tested the performance of 43 drivers on a course in the first stu ...

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Council builds 'pothole proof' roads

24/04/2013 14:00:00
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A local council in England is aiming to tackle the widespread pothole problem head-on by building "pothole-proof" roads designed to last a decade without repairs. Surrey County Council said it needs to take a long-term view after finding itself making repairs to fix winter damage on roads at a rate of one every five minutes sin ...

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Audi fuel finder

22/04/2013 17:00:00
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Audi drivers can now search for information about the prices and locations of the cheapest fuel stations while on the move. The German automaker has launched a new fuel finder service across its European Audi A3 range, allowing motorists to stay one step ahead of the game. Refuelling Stop, part of the Audi connect system, works by ...

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Sat nav upgrade perks won't be lost on drivers

19/04/2013 11:00:01
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One of the world's leading suppliers has upgraded its sat-nav. A new interactive map, a lifetime's supply of real-time traffic information and 3D maps are among the improved features on TomTom's total re-design of its Portable Navigation Device (PND). These changes are aimed at giving drivers the ability to know exact ...

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Taxmen act to stop car import VAT dodge

18/04/2013 11:00:01
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Taxmen are plugging a VAT 'black hole' on illegal car imports which costs the UK 110m a year. HM Revenue & Customs' (HMRC) new online system will stop criminals evading VAT on road vehicles they bring into the country. The DVLA can now check HMRC's new online system to make sure the right VAT has been paid on imported vehicle ...

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Police use phone to app rehend car thief

17/04/2013 14:00:01
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Police officers have used the Find My iPhone app to track down a stolen Audi A6. Thief Stephen Lashley broke into a house in Ormskirk and stole the keys to the vehicle, a laptop and an Apple iPhone. The couple who live in the house heard him leaving and called the police as he drove off. When officers arrived they asked w ...

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Call for ban on smoking and driving

16/04/2013 14:00:01
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More than half of drivers think it should be illegal to smoke behind the wheel, a poll has revealed. A survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) showed 56 per cent wanted to ban motorists from smoking but 45 per cent thought it would be impossible to enforce such a law. Three out of four people quizzed by the IAM were ...

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Charity welcomes young driver proposals

15/04/2013 17:00:00
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New Government proposals aimed at improving the safety of young drivers have been welcomed by a national motoring charity. DriveSafe hailed the plans, which have been produced in the light of recent evidence that shows one in five new drivers has a crash in the first six months after passing their test A minimum one-year learning ...

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Theft victim chief cop broke golden rule

12/04/2013 14:00:00
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A new police commissioner committed to reducing crime has fallen foul of thieves himself. Martyn Underhill had his sat-nav stolen after breaking one of crime prevention's golden rules - he left his car window open. The former policeman was at a meeting discussing crime in the community at the time. Mr Underhill, Dorset's ...

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Vehicles recalled after airbag complaint

11/04/2013 17:00:00
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More than 150,000 cars in the UK are being recalled by their manufacturer due to potential problems with passenger airbags. Four Japanese car makers are recalling more than 152,351 cars on Britain's roads after discovering a problem with the passenger airbag inflator, which can burst and scatter pieces of plastic. Toyota has calle ...

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My TRACKER saves drivers time and money

10/04/2013 14:00:01
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TRACKER has launched My TRACKER as it "gets to the heart of the issues affecting motorists" by helping customers save time and money. TRACKER Locate customers will be able to view up-to-the-minute information on their vehicle over the internet by satellite or through Google Street View courtesy of Google Maps. They will also be covered b ...

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Drivers urged to watch out for roadworks hazards

09/04/2013 14:00:01
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Drivers are being encouraged to take extra care when it comes to roadworks. The Highways Agency says a two year road-improving scheme introduced by the Government will lead to extra roadworks, which could prove hazardous to both drivers and road workers. Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: "It is absolutely essential that all roa ...

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Experts issue caravanning safety advice

08/04/2013 14:00:00
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With spring finally starting to put in a belated appearance the nation's caravan owners have been issued with a set of tips to help them tour safely. The National Caravan Council (NCC) has published the advice to help ensure those holidaying in the UK's estimated 500,000 touring caravans stay safe this spring and summer. The counc ...

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Renault told to end electric battery approach

05/04/2013 14:00:01
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Renault has been urged to "give some great electric cars a real chance" in the all-important fleet market. Independent automotive information experts CAP, who made the call, recently reiterated its decision not to forecast used values for Renault electric vehicles until the battery is included, rather than leased separately. It to ...

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Charity backs young driver safety plans

04/04/2013 11:00:01
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A leading road safety charity has unveiled a series of proposals designed to protect rookie motorists in the six month period after passing their test. The Department for Transport (DfT) announced last month that it would be publishing a Green Paper this summer examining ways to reduce the number of accidents involving young drivers. ...

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Checklist helps drivers duck MOT failure

03/04/2013 14:00:01
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A new large-scale campaign is aiming to help UK motorists avoid the expense and inconvenience of failing their MOT. Approximately 1.5 million failed MOTs could be avoided every year if drivers simply notified their dealership of straightforward problems beforehand, according to a study by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (S ...

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Fleets seek reliability in their vans

02/04/2013 14:00:00
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Fleet managers are making reliability their number one priority when assessing their next new van purchases, according to new research. The first edition of Company Van Trends, a quarterly research report carried out for GE Capital's fleet services division, questioned some 250 fleets, all running light commercial vehicles (LCV). The bus ...

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