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    New drivers could face night curfews and lower speed limits under new plans considered by government

    New drivers who have recently passed their driving test could be hit with new restrictions that might see them banned from the roads at certain times under new plans being discussed by the government.Prime minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that she will ask the Department for Transport to investigate the proposal of a 'graduated licences' scheme that will help reduce the number of accidents involving newly qualified motorists. Similar limits used in Australian, Ireland, New Zealand and the US have seen new drivers under the age of 25 banned from driving at night and restricted to lower maximum speeds, while ...

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    That's my baby! New Aston Martins to be sold with their very own birth certificates - and a £450 book showing the build

    Aston Martin is to supply new owners of its cars with a birth certificate for their precious new vehicle – and a book to chart its journey from conception to final delivery.The British sports car maker has installed 20 fixed cameras at its Gaydon factory in Warwickshire - which builds the Vantage, Vanquish, Rapide and DB11 models - to capture every key moment in the creation of the owner’s new car as it is built from scratch and passes along the production line.The photos are then collated and used in the exclusive Build Books. Each book costs £450 and is ...

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    Speed camera vans catch more than 9,000 drivers not wearing seatbelts and using phones each year

    UK police forces are using mobile speed camera vans not just to catch motorists exceeding the limit but to snap them driving without a seatbelt and using phones behind the wheel.More than a third of the nation's forces admitted to using the vans to prosecute those who disregard road safety laws while driving, offences that carry fines of between £100 and £500 and six penalty points on a licence.Some 16 out of 44 UK police forces admit to 'routinely' deploying the vans to catch all law-breaking drivers - not just speeders - while four admitted to using the vehicles occasionally ...

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    Beware this threatening text message pretending to be from the DVLA – even if your car tax is due...

    Drivers should beware a text message scam which attempts to scare people into revealing personal information.The message, which even appears to have the gov.uk logo, reads: 'FINAL REQUEST: 'DVLA Swansea have been trying to contact you, Click below for more information.'A This is Money reader contacted us to warn about a text message scam and the link in the message may trick people as it has dvla.gov.uk as part of the URL, which in a snap moment may convince them to click on it. Warning: Our reader sent in the fake message - and This is Money has found plenty ...

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    England's local roads in dire need of investment as it's revealed motorways receive 52 times more funding

    More money needs to be spent on England’s local roads by Government after it was revealed today that motorways and major trunk roads receive 52 times more central funding per mile.The Local Government Association, which represents 349 English councils and carried out the analysis, has urged Government to reduce the disparity so its members can tackle the £12billion repair bill to bring local roads up to scratch - including fixing more potholes.It found that the Government plans to spend £1.1m per mile to maintain its strategic road network between 2015 and 2020. Gone to pot: More money needs to be ...

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    Drivers can be caught speeding at ALL TIMES by smart motorway cameras - even when there is no variable limit in place

    Drivers are at greater risk of receiving a fine on a smart motorway as police confirmed speed cameras can be operational 24 hours a day and not just when variable limits are being enforced.That means motorists could be penalised if they break the 70mph limit, even if the overhead gantry isn't signalling a reduced speed restriction.The news will do little to endear the converted highways to the nation's drivers, who this week ranked smart motorways with no hard shoulder as the second most dangerous road type they face. Drivers are being warned that smart motorway speed cameras used to enforce ...

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    Nearly 4,000 animals were killed by motorists in the last two years - and a poll claims a fifth of Britons would eat roadkill

    When learning to drive, you're told you should never swerve or brake heavily to avoid an animal running across the road to protect the safety of other motorists.And it appears that many drivers have been listening to instruction, after a freedom of information request to British road authorities revealed they received reports of almost 4,000 dead animals in 2016 and 2017.While some drivers might be traumatised after running down one of these creatures, others see it as their next meal, with 18 per cent of Britons claiming they already have - or would consider - eating roadkill. Oh deer: Some ...

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    Bean machines: Rowan Atkinson to sell rare Lancia and Mercedes-Benz from his car collection - and both super saloons could go for a snip

    It looks like Rowan Atkinson is trying to make some space in his garage.The actor and self-confessed petrolhead is set to offload two of his collectible sport saloon cars at auction next month.The 1989 Lancia Thema 8.32 and 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E - both appreciating and high-powered modern classics - will go under the hammer with no reserve, meaning they could sell for next to nothing. Bean machines: This is the Lancia Thema bought by Rowan Atkinson in 2011 but it is no ordinary saloon. Instead it is the 8.32 powered by a Ferrari engine The second car the Mr Bean ...

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    Plan to put back first MOT test for cars to four years from three is scrapped following public vote to 'protect road safety'

    A car's first MOT test will stay at three years, the Department for Transport confirmed today.A public consultation was announced in January last year to gauge opinion about extending a car's first roadworthiness test to four years - a change that would have been implemented in 2018.However, following a backlash from industry insiders, fewer than half of the public consulted voted in favour of the extension, with the main concern being the safety risk involved with delaying the test for another year. First MOT to remain at 3 years: The result of a public consultation saw the majority of people ...

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    Three in five new cars must be electric by 2030 for the UK to meet emissions targets, ministers are warned

    The majority of new cars bought in the UK by 2030 must be electric-powered to achieve strict greenhouse gas emissions objectives, a new report has warned.The Committee for Climate Change warned ministers that three in every five vehicles purchased in 12 years' time will need to be low-emissions models if the Government is serious about meeting legally-binding carbon targets.Just 3.3 per cent of all new cars registered in 2017 were electric or a hybrids, though industry insiders remain confident that the nation is 'on course' to meet the CCC's 2030 deadline. Electric drive: The Committee for Climate Change said 60% ...

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    Land Rover unveiled in 1948 to be brought back to life to mark its 70th anniversary

     One of the three original launch Land Rovers which was unveiled at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show is to be brought back to life to mark its 70th anniversary.Land Rover’s Classic division will spend a year restoring the ‘priceless’ 4x4, which has been off the road since the Sixties.It was languishing in a garden a stone’s throw from the Solihull factory in which it was built. Land Rover’s Classic division will spend a year restoring the ‘priceless’ 4x4The renovation project comes as parent company Jaguar Land Rover prepares to launch a 21st-century version of the rugged Defender, as the original ...

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    Vauxhall must sell more cars to save Ellesmere Port factory, says new boss appointed by french owners Peugeot

    The future of Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port factory hangs on whether the company can improve sales, its incoming boss has warned.Stephen Norman has been parachuted in by Vauxhall's new French owners PSA, which also own Peugeot and Citroen, to take charge of the brand in Britain amid a slump in demand.There are fears for the future of Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire, as the Vauxhall Astra it makes is due to end its run in 2021, and after that it will compete with other PSA plants in Europe to make the next model.A third of the 1,900-strong workforce is being axed to ...

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    Taking the battle to Tesla: Fisker reveals its stunning Emotion electric car with 'butterfly' doors, a 400-mile range and vegan-friendly seats

    Fisker has launched its Emotion electric luxury saloon at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas – and there’s a vegan option.The long-awaited Tesla rival, with eye-catching looks and dramatic 'butterfly' doors, has a non-animal interior available for those who don’t want the premium leather interior of the show car.And it's not just a pretty face. The Fisker offers cutting-edge EV technologies, most notably a 400-mile range and a top speed of 161mph – though both won't be achievable at the same time. Watch out Tesla: Henrik Fisker poses alongside the production-ready Fisker Emotion - an all-electric performance saloon that ...

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    Diesel will 'die a slow death' over the next seven years to just 15% of cars on the road, says motor industry expert

    Diesel car sales are already slumping after years of adverse publicity - but according to one motor industry academic ‘the worst is yet to come’.Diesel is ‘dying a slow death’ and a ‘perfect storm’ of problems is set to slash its share of UK market from a high of around half (50 per cent) to just one in seven (15 per cent) by 2025, according to leading automotive expert Professor David Bailey.He called for ministers to introduce a proper Government-backed scrappage scheme as an incentive to get diesel drivers to switch to electric. 'The worst is yet to come' for ...

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    Who is buying Britain's electric cars? There will be 200,000 on the road by the end of 2018 as demand soars in London and the East of England

    Official sales figure show there is 'unprecedented demand' for pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars in the UK with registrations increasing by a record-breaking 27 per cent last year.Industry insiders are now estimating that 60,000 low emissions plug-in vehicles will be sold in 2018, taking the overall tally on British roads to around 200,000.While sales were unsurprisingly highest in London, almost 20 per cent of the 46,500 green models sold in the UK last year were registered in the East of England. Low-emissions cars in high demand: New figures revealed by Go Ultra Low said 46,522 plug-in hybrid or pure electric ...

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