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December 2012 News

Eyesight costs 6000 their licence

31/12/2012 17:00:00
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New Government figures show that the number of motorists to have their licences revoked because of poor eyesight increased by 10% in 2011 compared to the previous year, with a rise of 39% reported among lorry and bus drivers. The Department for Transport figures show that a total of 5,825 car drivers and riders of motorcycles as well as ...

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Toyota celebrates with the new Auris

28/12/2012 14:00:01
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Toyota is celebrating 20 years of manufacturing cars in the UK by releasing the new Auris family hatchback, complete with a "Built in Britain" badge, and a five-year, 100,000-mile vehicle warranty. The second generation of Toyota's popular seller is about to hit the streets with a range of sharply-styled models and eco-friendly engines, ...

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Hyundai to launch smartphone car key

27/12/2012 17:00:00
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Drivers could soon use their smartphone to unlock their car and control their vehicle's entertainment system thanks to new technology from Hyundai. The manufacturer says its new Connectivity Concept will make the cutting-edge technology accessible to a wide range of customers. Hyundai showcased its new gadgets on an i30 to demons ...

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Vauxhall offers 30 day return scheme

24/12/2012 14:00:00
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Car giant Vauxhall has offered motorists buying the new Ampera model a 30-day return car warranty scheme as part of its efforts to spread some Christmas joy. Customers can buy the vehicle, which was named as European Car of the Year, and return it within 30 days with no questions asked. The car warranty scheme is called 'Love it o ...

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ABI offers top tips for cheaper insurance

21/12/2012 17:00:00
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The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has released a series of top tips to help drivers get the best value car insurance under the new gender-neutral rules. First and foremost, the insurance experts have highlighted that it is not all about just picking the cheapest available. The ABI urges drivers to check exactly what is c ...

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Women's car insurance hit by EU ruling

20/12/2012 17:00:00
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Being a woman is not as beneficial as it once was, with car insurance premiums set to become the same for both sexes. Women may have to fork out more than they normally would, once new EU rules are introduced on December 21, despite being less likely to be in an accident. Some experts suggest the increase may not be as high as exp ...

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Clamp down targets uninsured drivers

19/12/2012 17:00:00
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A new police campaign on uninsured drivers in London is warning motorists that they risk facing having their cars seized and crushed. London mayor Boris Johnson clambered onto a vehicle squashed into a cube shape and wrapped in a gift bow outside New Scotland Yard to highlight the possible fate that awaited drivers who take to the roads ...

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Drivers in dark about alcohol limits

18/12/2012 14:00:00
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Nearly eight in ten young drivers do not know the legal blood-alcohol limit for driving, a survey has revealed. A survey of 1,000 17 to 24-year-olds by RED Driving School discovered that 79% of them did not know that the legal limit to drive is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 35mg per 100ml of breath or 107mg per 100ml of urine. ...

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Drivers urged to check festive reports

17/12/2012 17:00:00
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British motorists will forget to check weather or traffic reports before driving home for Christmas this week, according to new research. Halfords Autocentres claimed that 59% of drivers in the UK ignore traffic updates, while a further 36% get behind the wheel without checking how the weather may affect driving conditions. One in ...

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Call for personal breathalyser use

14/12/2012 17:00:01
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Halfords is urging motorists who may be tempted to enjoy a festive drink over Christmas and New Year, to carry a breathalyser to ensure they are driving safely and legally. Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers illustrate the need fort annual Christmas period clampdown on drink-driving, with 7,124 drink-drivers being arre ...

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Accidents up as cold weather arrives

14/12/2012 11:00:01
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Car accidents have risen by almost a tenth since the winter's first bout of icy weather blighted the UK this week. Accident Exchange revealed that accidents were up 9% since cold weather alerts were issued by the Met Office at the start of the week. Driving in icy conditions can be dangerous and the adverse weather can be tough on ...

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Dragons' Den star takes out warranty

13/12/2012 17:00:00
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Theo Paphitis, one of the stars of BBC2's Dragons' Den, has taken out a 4,000 warranty on one of his most-treasured luxury cars. The tough-talking entrepreneur took out the policy, which was presented to him by TV motoring expert Quentin Willson, on his 300,000 Maybach 62S. Paphitis is a well-known lover of the luxury brand, acq ...

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Plans unveiled to reduce whiplash claims

11/12/2012 17:00:00
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The Government is planning to clamp down on the fraudulent whiplash claims which are sending drivers' insurance premiums soaring. A new consultation, launched by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, will discuss the possibility of introducing independent medical panels to increase the accuracy of whiplash assessments. The panels are ...

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Nearly new van prices hold strong

10/12/2012 17:00:01
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The prices of almost new vans showed a steady rise last month, even though the van industry as a whole has contracted by 4.4% Almost new prices increased by over 6.5% last month against October. Prices have gone up by over 32% since August, the newest Pulse report from British Car Auctions (BCA) has revealed. Strong interest and l ...

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Theory test should cover winter tyres

08/12/2012 11:00:01
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Over the last few years demand for winter tyres at Kwik Fit has quadrupled, the company announced alongside results of research on winter tyre use. The car-servicing company found that few UK motorists purchase season specific tyres. According to its research 68% of drivers do not know the differences between cold and warm weather ...

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Squirrel causes 5500 insurance claim

07/12/2012 17:00:00
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A squirrel triggered a £5,500 insurance claim by dropping into an open-top car unannounced, an insurer has revealed. The female driver was so shocked by her unexpected guest that she lost control of the car and swerved into a tree. While the UK is undoubtedly a nation of pet lovers, most drivers are understandably not so ke ...

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Ford fire probe spreads to Europe

05/12/2012 17:00:01
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Ford's investigation into engine fires has now been extended to Europe. The car maker recalled more than 89,000 new Escape SUVs and Fusion saloons in North America last week due to a risk of the engines overheating and catching fire. Drivers of those models were told by Ford to stop driving them and instead use loan cars from deal ...

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Winter safety check for cars on offer

04/12/2012 17:00:01
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The number of roadside mechanical breakdowns almost doubles during winter months, according to the AA, and Micheldever/Protyre is now offering a simple winter safety check at any of its 59 UK retail outlets. Tyres are deemed the most important safety component of a vehicle, but the extra use of lights, windscreen wipers and heaters in th ...

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Drivers 'paid 26bn' in fuel duty last year

03/12/2012 17:00:01
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Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to ditch the planned fuel duty hike after British motorists paid more than £26bn in fuel taxes last year, according to new research from the AA. Figures showed that fuel duty contributed more than £26.8bn to the Treasury during the last financial year, but the Chancellor is thought to ...

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