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The future of EV charging

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

The future of EV charging

Wallbox, the electric vehicle charging equipment manufacturer which began operations in the UK this summer, is to introduce the first ever DC electric vehicle charger for the home.

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Venson launches white paper

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Venson launches white paper

Venson Automotive Solutions is launching its new white paper, which looks at the connection between mental health and driver safety at work.

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IPTsUnfair campaign relaunches ahead of Budget

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

IPTsUnfair campaign relaunches ahead of Budget

The Chancellor is being urged not to further penalise responsible insurance customers in this month’s Budget as he looks to balance the Government’s books.

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Aston Barclay buys The Car Buying Group

Monday, 15 October 2018

Aston Barclay buys The Car Buying Group

Aston Barclay has announced that it has acquired The Car Buying Group (TCBG), one of the largest independent consumer car buying companies in the UK with immediate effect.

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UK drivers clueless on roads

Monday, 15 October 2018

UK drivers clueless on roads

A survey conducted by the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, found that many drivers have a real lack of awareness of the rules of the road, putting themselves and others in danger.

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Borrow more to save?

Monday, 15 October 2018

Borrow more to save?

Borrowing more for a car loan could save you money, according to research by What Car?

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Automotive industry calls for plug-in grant rethink

Monday, 15 October 2018

Automotive industry calls for plug-in grant rethink

Government’s decision to cut the Plug-in Car Grant will have far-reaching consequences for consumers, the environment and industry, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has warned.

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BVRLA encourages EV use

Thursday, 11 October 2018

BVRLA encourages EV use

The BVRLA has urged the chancellor to energise the take up of plug-in electric vehicles and support the role played by the company car.

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Air pollution affected by vehicle choice

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Air pollution affected by vehicle choice

Could switching to zero emission capable taxis potentially halve exposure to toxic exhaust pollutants?

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Fast food leads to heavy fines

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Fast food leads to heavy fines

The RAC reports that motorists who hit the drive-thru on the way home from work might be unknowingly risking a hefty fine — and could even lose their licence.

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Locksmiths rise to top of speeding chart

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Locksmiths rise to top of speeding chart

They might be helpful if you’re locked out of your house, but when it comes to sticking to the speed limit a new study suggests locksmiths aren’t quite as useful.

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EV fault sparks huge hybrid recall

Tuesday, 09 October 2018

EV fault sparks huge hybrid recall

BBC reports that Toyota has announced a worldwide recall involving more than 2.4 million hybrid vehicles after a fault could cause their vehicles to lose power.

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Cadillac tops Tesla in test

Monday, 08 October 2018

Cadillac tops Tesla in test

Reuters reports that Cadillac has beaten Tesla in tests of their partially automated driving systems.

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Driver’s phone crushed for filming crash

Monday, 08 October 2018

Driver’s phone crushed for filming crash

The RAC reports that a driver who was caught filming a fatal road collision will have his phone destroyed as part of his punishment.

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IMI responds to apprenticeship proposals

Friday, 05 October 2018

IMI responds to apprenticeship proposals

The IMI believes that the widening of access to the Apprenticeship Levy, to those businesses in the corporate supply chain, is excellent news

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Are you really insured?

Friday, 05 October 2018

Are you really insured?

MIB (The Motor Insurers’ Bureau) has revealed that thousands of people are unwittingly breaking the law by driving other people’s cars without insurance

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New process for fuel cells

Friday, 05 October 2018

New process for fuel cells

A partnership between Volkswagen and Stanford University in the United States has resulted in the development a new process for fuel cells.

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Country roads more dangerous for young drivers

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Country roads more dangerous for young drivers

Unique insurethebox data underlines the need for motorists to ‘drive for the conditions rather than the speed limit’ on country roads

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Check tyres once a month

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Check tyres once a month

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is urging motorists to make monthly checks on tyres, to ensure tread depths are sufficient and pressures are correct.

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Speed bumps prove costly to motorists

Friday, 28 September 2018

Speed bumps prove costly to motorists

According to Confused.com report, more than a fifth of motorists have had damage to their vehicle from speed humps.

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World's first calorie-burning car

Friday, 28 September 2018

World's first calorie-burning car

Introducing the FitCar PPV, brainchild of Nasser Al Shawaf, who, together with Dutch engineering partner, BPO, has developed the world’s first calorie-burning car.

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IAM remains concerned over road deaths

Thursday, 27 September 2018

IAM remains concerned over road deaths

IAM RoadSmart has expressed its disappointment in yet another year without progress in the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the roads in the UK.

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MOT testers face more changes

Thursday, 27 September 2018

MOT testers face more changes

IMI launches updates to Tester training and offers free eLearning tool to help MOT Testers comply with new European Union Roadworthiness Package.

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Tool theft hits record high

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Tool theft hits record high

Tool theft from vans has soared by 15% in the last three years costing businesses over £46m, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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Regional variation affects parts costs

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Regional variation affects parts costs

When looking at the most common vehicle repairs, recent analysis by car finance provider Moneybarn has revealed large differences in prices across the UK when comparing car parts against labour costs.

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Department for Transport publishes no deal planning information

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Department for Transport publishes no deal planning information

Transport technical notices, setting out plans to be put into place in the unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal, published.

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MIB prepares for post-Brexit travel

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

MIB prepares for post-Brexit travel

At present, UK motorists enjoy the freedom of cross-border travel, without the need for a green card or border checks on motor insurance

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Nissan blames latest improper tests on 'low awareness' of rules

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Nissan blames latest improper tests on 'low awareness' of rules

Nissan has blamed an ‘extremely low awareness’ of the seriousness of inspection standards and rules for the improper measuring of exhaust emissions and fuel economy in vehicle models made in Japan.

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New technology could help emergency vehicles

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

New technology could help emergency vehicles

The consequences of blocking the progress of emergency vehicles – and delaying their arrival at the scene of an accident – could prove fatal.

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Police crackdown on poor vision

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Police crackdown on poor vision

Venson reveals only one in four motorists are not confident they can read a number plate from 20m away

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Dealers create ‘instant used cars’

Monday, 24 September 2018

Dealers create ‘instant used cars’

Brand new 68 plate cars are flooding into the market for sale as second-hand vehicles as dealers struggle to meet September registration targets.

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UK companies lack cyber security

Monday, 24 September 2018

UK companies lack cyber security

In the UK cyber-crime costs each small business on average £3,000 a year.

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UK driving licence ‘may not be valid in EU’

Monday, 24 September 2018

UK driving licence ‘may not be valid in EU’

New Department of Transport guide educates drivers on what to expect from a ‘no-deal’ Brexit

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Act fails to bring companies to account

Friday, 21 September 2018

Act fails to bring companies to account

IAM RoadSmart highlights failure of Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act to bring companies to account for their road safety performance

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Crushwatch reunites owners with vehicles

Friday, 21 September 2018

Crushwatch reunites owners with vehicles

More than £1/2bn worth of uninsured UK vehicles have been saved from potentially being crushed in the last decade including Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Bentleys and Aston Martins.

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Audi and VW meet Euro NCAP challenge

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Audi and VW meet Euro NCAP challenge

Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of four new cars.

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Slowing down saves lives

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Slowing down saves lives

In support of Project EDWARD and the FIA’s ‘Slowing down saves lives’ campaign, IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, has put together a set of tips to help you manage your speed.

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Motor Ombudsman backs CTSI’s campaign

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Motor Ombudsman backs CTSI’s campaign

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) is calling for more businesses to become accredited to its Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS) Code Sponsors.

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Hyundai to develop holographic AR navigation

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Hyundai to develop holographic AR navigation

Holographic AR display system to help enhance customers’ in-car experience

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SMMT warns over ‘no-deal’ Brexit

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

SMMT warns over ‘no-deal’ Brexit

A ‘no-deal’ Brexit must be ruled out now to avoid damaging one of the EU’s most valuable economic assets, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is warning today.

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Car theft rise blamed on keyless entry

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Car theft rise blamed on keyless entry

Recent figures published by the government shows that car theft is on the rise again in England and Wales, increasing by 15% since 2016/17

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Manufacturers ditch traditional handbrake

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Manufacturers ditch traditional handbrake

CarGurus research reveals just over a third of new cars have traditional handbrake.

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Audatex Launches AudaENOL

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Audatex Launches AudaENOL

AudaENOL combines A.I powered technology with detailed vehicle and repairer data to provide a seamless digital customer experience

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New technology enables advanced ADAS testing

Monday, 17 September 2018

New technology enables advanced ADAS testing

Compact technology from AB Dynamics enables simpler control of vehicles during ADAS, autonomous, durability and safety testing

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17-24 year olds most likely fraud victims

Monday, 17 September 2018

17-24 year olds most likely fraud victims

City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department reveals 17-24 year olds are most likely to fall victim to ghost broking

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Government needs to give further EV incentives

Friday, 14 September 2018

Government needs to give further EV incentives

The announcement that Prime Minister Theresa May is dedicating £106m to the research and development of new battery and hydrogen technology has received a mixed reception

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Drivers happy to pay for parking help

Friday, 14 September 2018

Drivers happy to pay for parking help

Despite the plethora of driver aids now in cars, front and rear parking sensors remain top of the wanted list.

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Stricter fines cause better behaviour

Friday, 14 September 2018

Stricter fines cause better behaviour

A Freedom of Information request for data from the Ministry of Justice has discovered exactly what impact increased driving fines have had on motorists’ behaviour.

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Taskforce tackles EV impact

Friday, 14 September 2018

Taskforce tackles EV impact

An Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce has been set up to tackle energy sector opportunities and impacts associated with the rise of electric vehicles.

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Write-off sales behind car thefts

Friday, 14 September 2018

Write-off sales behind car thefts

West Midlands Police (WMP) have stated that they are to lobby government and the insurance industry surrounding concerns that selling written-off cars for repair is powering an increase in vehicle theft.

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New battery factory to open in Coventry

Thursday, 13 September 2018

New battery factory to open in Coventry

The UK’s largest independent vehicle battery manufacturer will open in early 2019 in Coventry

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Volvo unveils new transport solution

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Volvo unveils new transport solution

On September 12 the new goods transport solution was unveiled for the first time in connection with the Volvo Group’s Innovation Summit in Berlin

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New technology cuts vehicle weight

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

New technology cuts vehicle weight

iStream Superlight reduces vehicle body weight by up to 50%

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VW uses 3D printing for speed

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

VW uses 3D printing for speed

Volkswagen is the first automotive manufacturer using the latest 3D printing technology

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EV energy taskforce set up

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

EV energy taskforce set up

Electric Vehicle Energy Taskforce set up to tackle energy sector opportunities and impacts associated with the rise of electric vehicles

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Serial crash fraudster sentenced

Monday, 10 September 2018

Serial crash fraudster sentenced

Asif Javed, 25, of Kenelm Road, Birmingham, was sentenced on Friday 7 September 2018 to a 22 month custodial sentence and a 3 year disqualification from driving after he attempted to make fraudulent insurance claims for car crashes

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FCA invests in autonomous testing facility

Friday, 07 September 2018

FCA invests in autonomous testing facility

FCA US has announced that it has invested more than $30m at its Chelsea Proving Grounds in southeast Michigan to further development and testing of autonomous v...

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IFED delivers regional insurance workshops

Friday, 07 September 2018

IFED delivers regional insurance workshops

The workshops provide insurers with the opportunity to engage with IFED officers on a range of insurance related topics

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Young drivers lack practical skills

Friday, 07 September 2018

Young drivers lack practical skills

Only one quarter of drivers can correctly state the legal minimum tread depth for a car tyre in the UK

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Volvo calls for universal safety standard

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Volvo calls for universal safety standard

With its new 360c autonomous concept, Volvo Cars tackles one of the main challenges around the introduction of autonomous technology and calls for a new, global...

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Dark web aids identity theft

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Dark web aids identity theft

A stolen vehicle has been recovered from Brussels after a cross-border investigation involving identity theft on the dark web.

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One in 12 goes electric

Thursday, 06 September 2018

One in 12 goes electric

The UK new car market enjoyed a boost in August, as year-on-year demand rose 23.1%, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manu...

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Aston Martin welcomes new talent

Thursday, 06 September 2018

Aston Martin welcomes new talent

Aston Martin welcomed its biggest ever intake of apprentices and graduates this week

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New drivers unimpressed with hazard test

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

New drivers unimpressed with hazard test

53% of new drivers say the current hazard perception test doesn’t reflect modern driving conditions and should be updated

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Mercedes challenges Tesla with electric offering

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

Mercedes challenges Tesla with electric offering

Reuters reports that Mercedes has unveiled the EQC, its first fully electric car.

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BVRLA warn of lease scam

Wednesday, 05 September 2018

BVRLA warn of lease scam

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has been made aware of a spate of fraudulent activity, where scammers are advertising bogus vehicle l...

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Motofix backs female apprentices

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Motofix backs female apprentices

The Motofix Group has recruited four female apprentices to its apprenticeship programme in the past twelve months.

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Commuters’ perfect working day revealed

Tuesday, 04 September 2018

Commuters’ perfect working day revealed

Shifting commuting times could save an hour each week

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Drivers face roadside ban

Monday, 03 September 2018

Drivers face roadside ban

IAM RoadSmart has warned motorists that they can expect to be tested for a suite of reasons if they happen to be stopped by the police for any reason.

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Public back reform to whiplash compensation

Friday, 31 August 2018

Public back reform to whiplash compensation

Majority of the public positive about measures to fix the UK’s broken personal injury compensation system.

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Parents underestimate apprenticeship potential

Friday, 31 August 2018

Parents underestimate apprenticeship potential

New research from the IMI has found that only just over a third (36%) of parents would encourage their child to do an apprenticeship

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Consumers unaware of EV policy

Friday, 31 August 2018

Consumers unaware of EV policy

New research carried out by Auto Trader indicates that many consumers (38%) remain unaware of policy regarding electric cars

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ABI warns about scam claims management company

Thursday, 30 August 2018

ABI warns about scam claims management company

The Association of British Insurers is warning the public to put the phone down on cold-callers passing themselves off as the ABI.

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Dyson gears up for electric car testing

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Dyson gears up for electric car testing

BBC reports that Dyson is planning to test its new electric cars on a test track in Wiltshire

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Ford employing drones

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Ford employing drones

Ford employees are now using cameras mounted on drones to safely and efficiently inspect high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas at the company’s Dagenham e...

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BMW engines boosted by app

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

BMW engines boosted by app

BMW drivers can now unlock extra performance in under 10 minutes with a new engine tuning app.

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Manoeuvres account for 10% van accidents

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Manoeuvres account for 10% van accidents

Parking and reversing account for almost one in 10 serious van accidents, according to an investigation by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

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13 dealers selling legal tyres

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

13 dealers selling legal tyres

Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets visited we...

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Toyota joins the self-driving race

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Toyota joins the self-driving race

Reuters reports that Toyota is investing $500m in Uber in order to compete in the autonomous driving race.

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JLR eyes up intelligent pods

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

JLR eyes up intelligent pods

Jaguar Land Rover has fitted ‘virtual eyes’ to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles

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Seasonal repair menu

Friday, 24 August 2018

Seasonal repair menu

The latest findings from mobile car repair company YourMechanic reveal the most common car issues by season.

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Family members sentenced over crash claims

Friday, 24 August 2018

Family members sentenced over crash claims

On Friday 17 August, four men were sentenced at Inner London Crown Court, for their part in carrying out a series of ‘crash for cash’ frauds, and then claiming ...

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Government needs to tackle pothole problem

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Government needs to tackle pothole problem

A survey conducted by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has found that its members are increasingly disillusioned with the state of the roads in the UK

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EVs push HPP demand high

Thursday, 23 August 2018

EVs push HPP demand high

Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis of the High-Performance Plastics (HPPs) market in automotive and aerospace industries reveals that the ever-increasing need f...

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ACIS develops bespoke tracking technology

Thursday, 23 August 2018

ACIS develops bespoke tracking technology

ACIS has developed a bespoke and enhanced repair tracking technology for Europcar as part of its renewal as the preferred supplier of paint and consumables into...

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Brake publishes guidance report

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Brake publishes guidance report

Brake, the road safety charity, has published a new guidance report aimed at health & safety and fleet professionals, in collaboration with MiX Telematics

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One scam every minute

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

One scam every minute

ABI reveals the true extent of insurance fraud in the UK

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UK drivers lose confidence on motorways

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

UK drivers lose confidence on motorways

Ahead of a busy bank holiday weekend, almost a quarter (23%) of drivers have admitted to feeling anxious on the UK’s motorway network

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Confusing advice costs motorists

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Confusing advice costs motorists

Motorists could be driving around with dodgy brakes because mechanics are giving them confusing advice on replacing worn pads.

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Amazon considers branching into financial services

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Amazon considers branching into financial services

More than £80m was wiped off the value of Moneysupermarket last week when it emerged that Amazon could be about to enter the UK insurance market.

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Project to develop AI CAV testing

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Project to develop AI CAV testing

Ordnance Survey (OS) is one of 11 partners in OmniCAV, a £3.9m project to develop a world-first artificial intelligence-based simulation model for testing auton...

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Police review speeding fine ‘buffer zone’

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Police review speeding fine ‘buffer zone’

Drivers could face £100 fines for going just one mile above the speed limit.

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ECP calls for exhaust crackdown

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

ECP calls for exhaust crackdown

Euro Car Parts is calling for tighter regulation around sales of exhaust systems

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Motorists ignore MOT ‘red work’

Monday, 20 August 2018

Motorists ignore MOT ‘red work’

New data shows that less than half of vehicles flagged as needing urgently required work during services were actually repaired in June 2018

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Has your car got a hidden secret?

Monday, 20 August 2018

Has your car got a hidden secret?

The nation’s favourite hidden car features have been named – with the Volkswagen Golf GTI golf ball gear knob coming out on top.

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Keyless technology increases car theft

Monday, 20 August 2018

Keyless technology increases car theft

Car theft is on the increase in the UK and Wales, rising 15% from 2016 to 2018, and 40% in the last five years.

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Allianz electric training oversubscribed

Monday, 20 August 2018

Allianz electric training oversubscribed

Allianz Partners’ new electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid training course, launched in partnership with the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR), has been met wi...

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Will AI take your job?

Monday, 20 August 2018

Will AI take your job?

BBC News reports that the chief economist of the Bank of England has warned that the UK will need a skills revolution to avoid ‘technological unemployment’ with...

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AEB could have prevented 348 deaths

Thursday, 16 August 2018

AEB could have prevented 348 deaths

Fitting autonomous emergency braking systems as standard on all commercial vehicles in the UK has the potential to stop almost 2,500 crashes per year.

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Calls for tighter exhaust regulations

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Calls for tighter exhaust regulations

Euro Car Parts is calling for tighter regulation around sales of exhaust systems

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