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  • UK insurance group ratings run from 1 to 50 and are set by the ABI – here’s how it all works....

    The need for an annual car insurance quote is one of the frustrating aspects of car ownership. Yes, we know we need to be covered, but why can’t our car insurance company be relied on to give us the best deal each year? Instead, annual insurance premiums seem to rise inexorably, with companies taking advantage of ‘automated renewal’ notices to hike prices safe in the knowledge that most drivers are too busy to pay much attention.

  • From 1 April 2017, some of the most extensive changes to the UK’s road taxing structure will take place. Any new car registered after this date will be subject to the new rules. Generally, most cars will cost slightly more to tax than they did previously, leaving only cheaper electric cars with tax-free status.

  • A record number of drivers were stopped for using mobile phones while on the move during a concerted police clampdown in November 2016.

    British police caught close to 8000 drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel in a clampdown that lasted one week in November. In total, 7966 drivers were found to be on the phone, leading to more than 7800 fixed penalty notices and 68 court summons.

  • Car production rose 8.5% in 2016 to 1.7m units – the highest since 1999; Nissan's Qashqai and the Range Rover Sport among top exports

    Car manufacturing in the UK set a 17-year record in 2016, and despite some industry uncertainty over Brexit, output is being tipped to keep rising and to reach an all-time high before 2020, according to the car industry mouthpiece, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

  • Westminster City Council will become the first UK authority to penalise diesel drivers with more expensive parking prices.

    The Greater London borough will charge diesel cars 4p per minute more, which equates to £2.40 an hour and is 50% higher than the cost of parking a petrol-engined car, to park within its boundaries in a pilot scheme that starts on 3 April.

  • The National Speed Awareness Course scheme is an alternative to a speeding ticket - but what's it all about?

  • Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is once again urging motorists to ensure they’re as visible as possible at all times. The advice comes as numerous GEM members reported spotting vehicles with dangerous lighting defects.

  • Dangerous second-hand tyres are putting motorists' lives at risk, councils have warned, as one authority found one such tyre stocked to be 23 years old.

    As many as 83% of part-worn/used tyres in some areas being sold illegally the Local Government Association (LGA) said.

    Part-worn/used tyres are being sold with serious safety defects, unsafe repairs and incorrect label ling, according to council Trading Standards teams.

  • From 1 April 2017, some of the most extensive changes to the UK’s road taxing structure will take place. Any new car registered after this date will be subject to the new rules. Generally, most cars will cost slightly more to tax than they did previously, leaving only cheaper electric cars with tax-free status.

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