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February 2013 News

Ban smoking in cars with children

27/02/2013 17:00:00
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The UK Health Minister has called on the Government to consider banning smoking in cars that are carrying children. Anna Soubry claimed the move would help protect children from the risks of second hand smoke. But despite her plea, there are no current plans to change government policy. Prime Minister David Cameron has prev ...

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Road safety map to highlight blackspots

26/02/2013 17:00:00
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Road users are being asked for their assistance in building an online map of UK accident blackspots. The UK Road Accident Map, being developed by Osbornes Solicitors, will alert drivers to dangerous stretches of road in the hope of improving road safety. Motorists are being encouraged to log details of accidents on the map, which ...

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Johnson unveils eco plans for London

25/02/2013 17:00:01
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson has revealed his intention to introduce an ultra-low emission zone to the centre of the city before the end of the decade. Mr Johnson has instructed Transport for London (TfL) to draw up a feasibility plan on launching a scheme which would restrict driving in central London during working hours to zero or ve ...

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Birmingham remains motor fraud 'hotspot'

22/02/2013 17:00:01
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Birmingham has been confirmed as Britain's worst area for motor fraud in Keoghs' annual Motor Fraud Index. The Midlands city came out on top in the specialist law firm's top 10 hotspots in England and Wales for the fourth year in a row. As many as 7.76% of all suspect motor insurance claimants came from Birmingham. East London ac ...

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Motorists take more risks early in year

21/02/2013 17:00:00
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Research by GreenRoad shows motorists are at their most reckless in the early months of the year, with a desire to get home from work said to be the main factor. GreenRoad made the findings after giving each of the 813 drivers canvassed a safety score. Motorists were marked on braking, acceleration, corner handling, lane handling and spe ...

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French government drops breathalyser kit fines

21/02/2013 11:00:01
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The French interior minister, Manuel Valls, has abandoned plans to fine motorists who do not carry breathalyser kits in their cars. The implementation of the fines was originally delayed from November 2012 until March 2013 due to a shortage of kits. Under the original proposals, all road users, with the exception of moped riders, ...

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Israeli firm launches car communications device

20/02/2013 17:00:01
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A telecommunications firm from Israel has launched a brand new device that can be installed into cars easily and enables hands-free dialling. Accel Telecom says the Voyager uses an existing phone number via a twin-SIM and a combination of Android based smartphone technology. The product also makes navigation easier and boasts othe ...

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BMW recalls cars in North America

18/02/2013 17:00:03
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Engine concerns have led to BMW recalling almost 570,000 cars in the US and Canada. Due to begin next month, the recall was sparked by fears that a battery cable could fail and cause engines to stall. Federal safety regulators pointed out how the condition of the connector and a fuse box terminal can degrade over time. Such deteri ...

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Eco driving habits 'cut bills by 15 per cent'

15/02/2013 17:00:00
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Motorists have been given some new "green" driving advice by one expert who believes the methods can cut drivers' fuel bills by up to 15%. Britain's top advanced driver Peter Rodger provided the eco driving tips on behalf of road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists, which offers weekly advice to motorists ...

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Project to streamline city centre congestion

14/02/2013 17:00:00
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A project is currently being developed to reduce the stress of commuting through rush-hour traffic. Lead by Newcastle University and Newcastle City Council, it is hoped the new satellite-navigation technology will reduce traffic jams and cut the pollution associated with stop-start driving. The equipment is being trialled in the N ...

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Jammers pose bigger risk than Sun flares

13/02/2013 17:00:00
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For years it was thought that the Sun's extreme solar flare activity posed the biggest threat to UK signals. Now it has been discovered that the worst culprits are GPS jammers, available online for as little as 30. Our roads and skies are being made a more dangerous place by motorists using these devices. Thousands of peop ...

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Mercedes axes age restriction on service plans

12/02/2013 17:00:00
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Mercedes-Benz is to make its service plans available to some of its older models and Smart cars. By axing the seven year age restriction on its Service Care range, the brand hopes to boost workshop volumes. Mercedes-Benz and Smart owners took out over 40,000 Service Care plans in 2012, while more than 10,000 of the 97,000 new Merc ...

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TyreSafe warns of rising pothole problem

11/02/2013 17:00:01
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A tyre safety organisation says that the growing number of potholes around the UK are causing damage to cars and putting people in danger. A recent study by Which? found that councils across England and Wales forked out as much as 22.8 million in compensation to drivers for pothole damage last year alone and TyreSafe says it can have "a ...

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Night time driving tips

08/02/2013 17:00:00
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Road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is giving drivers weekly safety advice from the UK's top advanced driving trainer, Peter Rodger. This week he is offering tips on travelling on dark highways. Mr Rodger described night time driving as "a rather different experience to driving in daylight". He explained that s ...

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Quiet car alert systems urged

07/02/2013 17:00:00
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MEPs want carmakers to fit warning systems to quiet electric and hybrid cars for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people. The call, which came as charities expressed concern for the blind in this area, was supported by road safety groups as research in the US showed that quiet vehicles were twice as likely to be involved in a p ...

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Five year warranty offered by Subaru

06/02/2013 17:00:00
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The industry standard three-year warranty for a new vehicle has again been challenged by another firm offering one for five years. Subaru has replaced its three-year/60,000-mile warranty with a five-year/100,000-mile deal. The new offer is available on all new Subaru cars (apart from the WRX STi) and the firm has scrapped its Eve ...

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Drivers who fail eye tests face losing their licence

04/02/2013 14:00:01
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The Government is planning to bring in a policy to enable police to revoke the licence of any short-sighted drivers causing an accident or driving dangerously. The move, which is being taken in response to a 45,000 signature petition to bring in "Cassie's law", will streamline the process for taking someone's licence from them and office ...

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Car commuters feel the pinch

01/02/2013 17:00:00
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Commuters who drive to work in Britain fork out an average of 840 each on fuel, travelling more than 3,326 miles a year. Workers in Scotland travel the furthest, driving an average of 3,934 miles each year. Car commuters in the east of England cover 3,907 miles, while motorists in the East Midlands travel 3,643 miles, research by Santan ...

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