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Plug-in Car Grant withdrawn for most low emission vehicles
Release Date: 15-10-2018

  The Government has announced changes to the Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG), which will reduce or completely remove the financial incentives for new low emission car buyers. On October 11th 201...
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE - Features and specs
Release Date: 17-09-2018

  The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been refreshed to include new design language, additional safety features and a comfort upgrade. The long-awaited GLE update has finally arrived. The SUV is pro...
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Green number plates could be fitted to electric vehicles
Release Date: 11-09-2018

  Electric vehicles might be fitted with green number plates, under Government plans to increase the awareness of low emission vehicles. The number plates might be introduced to electric o...
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The brand new Audi Q8 - see the new coupé SUV.
Release Date: 27-08-2018

  The Q8 is to be the new range-topping SUV from Audi, offering assertive coupé styling and a sleek new interior. For a long time, the Q7 has perched at the top of Audi’s SUV ...
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London to receive speed limit cut
Release Date: 30-07-2018

  In a bid to reduce the number of people seriously injured or killed on the streets of London, the Mayor of London, the Transport for London and the Metropolitan Police Service have launched...
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The Difference Between Good and Bad Drivers, And How To Promote Good Driving
Release Date: 26-07-2018

  The Difference Between Good and Bad Drivers, And How To Promote Good Driving. For fleet managers, one of the biggest, overriding concerns of the job is trying to push good driving habits...
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Do you know what these obscure road signs mean?
Release Date: 29-06-2018

  We drive past hundreds of roads signs every day, but do you know what all of them mean? We've highlighted the most obscure and weird UK signs to test your knowledge. Take the quiz below! ...
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The new BMW X5
Release Date: 08-06-2018

  The new X5 has landed, refreshing the current model with contemporary styling and enhanced performance. The new X5 sports design, performance and technological upgrades over the previous...
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300,000 cars to be recalled by BMW
Release Date: 11-05-2018

  Due to an electrical fault, BMW plan to recall 312,000 vehicles that may be at risk of stalling without warning. It has been found that certain BMW models are at risk of having the brake...
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Poll: What fuel type will you choose for your next company car?
Release Date: 11-04-2018

  We're wondering what fuel type your next company car will have - will it be diesel, petrol, a hybrid or electric? Let us know below what fuel type you will decide on when choosing your com...
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The truth about Electric Vehicles and why you need to get one
Release Date: 22-02-2018

  Electric cars are fast becoming more and more popular as a vehicle of choice, with many favouring the environmental and economic benefits. However, whilst more than 120,000 drivers are enjo...
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The 2018 London Classic Car Show
Release Date: 21-02-2018

  This month, the London Classic Car Show was hosted at the ExCel centre in London. The 2018 show was a huge success, attracting thousands of visitors with the various models on display &ndas...
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The 2018 Nissan Leaf
Release Date: 06-02-2018

  Nissan have undergone production on their new Nissan LEAF, which promises a larger range than the previous model along with a total re-design. The LEAF is Nissan’s leading electric...
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Find out about the Classic Car Show 2018 plus WIN a pair of tickets!
Release Date: 29-01-2018

  The London Classic Car Show is back for 2018! From a Getaway Car feature to a runway of special vehicles on the ‘Grand Avenue’, this year is set to add to the massive success of...
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Two new vehicles from Tesla
Release Date: 20-11-2017

Tesla have recently unveiled two new all-electric vehicles, although they come from two very different categories. The first of the two vehicles is a Semi truck, which Tesla announced at a prese...
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The top 5 car accessories
Release Date: 16-10-2017

  Most cars built today are done so with extremely high levels of tech and safety features. However, some can lack vital components or simply do not have an option to add them. This list comp...
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Winter Driving Tips
Release Date: 11-10-2017

  Winter is on the approach, and with it comes a new set of struggles for drivers. From regular checks on your vehicle to advice for driving in aggressive weather, we’ve complied a few ...
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Try our mock-up theory test!
Release Date: 22-06-2017

Figures from the DVSA show that the overall pass rate for theory tests is falling: in 2007/08 there was a pass rate of 65.4%, whereas in 2016/17 there is a pass rate of only 48.2%. This got us thin...
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Bentley EXP 12 Speed 6e Concept Unveiled
Release Date: 14-03-2017

Bentley have introduced a brand-new concept. Defined as effortless, exclusive and exhilarating the EXP 12 Speed 6e concept car was showcased at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. A high-perform...
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The Next 100...
Release Date: 02-12-2016

In mark of their centenary the German manufacturer revealed earlier this year a glimpse of what their cars could look like years from now with the Vision Next 100 design.  The ‘vision ve...
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Christmas Car Gifts...
Release Date: 25-11-2016

For those of you who have already started your Christmas shopping – I praise you – you're organised, well-prepared and ready people. For the rest of us, Christmas is happily in the dist...
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Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets
Release Date: 16-08-2016

Government launches three consultations on tax policy affecting fleets The government has issued consultations on three key areas of tax policy affecting the fleet sector: 1.  ...
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Geneva Motor Show 2016 Review
Release Date: 10-03-2016

There are motor shows, and then there are Motor Shows. And Geneva is very much the latter. Well into its 102nd year, this prestigious and much esteemed event attracts crowds from all around the w...
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London Classic Car Show 2016 Review
Release Date: 25-02-2016

Petrol heads, motoring maverns and vintage-lovers rejoice for last week saw a show that was sure to get those gears in motion- The London Classic Car Show. Held at the London ExCel Arena, this show...
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New Mercedes-Benz GLC  Review
Release Date: 16-10-2015

Mercedes-Benz might have been slow on the uptake to join the medium-sized premium SUV party, but now it’s here and judging by their new GLC model, it’s here to stay. Joining the race...
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Sexism in Car Adverts - Through the ages
Release Date: 27-07-2015

The past century has seen the face of women change significantly- from silent and objectified house-bound objects to equal figures in their own right. Between the early 1900’s to present day,...
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New Technology That Can Detect Potholes
Release Date: 18-06-2015

Jaguar Land Rover are on their way to creating a new system where cars can detect potholes, assess how deep they are and then share this information with other drivers. This will not only highlight...
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Toyota teams up with Oculus Rift
Release Date: 29-05-2015

Have you always been anxious about driving? Is it the loud noises around you?That text message on your phone? Or even just your friends/family that are in the car with you? Well there is now an ob...
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Introducing new Alternative Route Team members
Release Date: 17-04-2015

As part of our expansion, we have been taking on lots of new members of staff for a variety of exciting roles throughout the company.  Left to right: Euan, Fred, Jack, Anouska, Mark and Pet...
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Do We Need To Update Drivers Eyesight Test?
Release Date: 30-03-2015

  Eyesight tests for drivers have, some would say, not kept up with the times. We take a look at this subject to see what people thought.  Comments by GEM Motoring Assist CEO David Will...
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Budget 2015: Company Car Tax and Duty Freeze
Release Date: 27-03-2015

Company car drivers will face a three percentage point year-on-year hike in their company car tax from 2019/20. However, the Government has indicated that the rates for ultra-low emission vehicles...
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The Ultimate Road Trip- Bloggers Study
Release Date: 20-03-2015

The evenings are getting lighter, scarves and gloves are being stowed back away in closets and we are beginning to slowly wind down the windows when we drive. And that can only mean one thing- summ...
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BMW 1-Series gets a facelift for 2015
Release Date: 23-02-2015

BMW have sharpened up their popular 1-series, and we really like it.  The BMW 1-Series has always been an attractive hatchback. The sleek and curvaceous panel work appealed to the masses, and...
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Racing to revolution: motoring at CES 2015 so far...
Release Date: 08-01-2015

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) started this week and has kicked 2015 off with a bang. Motoring companies have only recently started to drive onto the stages of the consumer show, and this year ...
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The rise of blogging and our top motoring blogs
Release Date: 15-12-2014

It is hard to believe that a meagre ten years ago, bloggers were pretty much non-existent. Personal thoughts and feelings, opinions and day-to-day life details were mostly retained in a paper diary...
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Our top ten articles of 2014
Release Date: 01-12-2014

2014 has been a year of the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of car stories, and we have put together our list of the top ten most read news stories on our site, so you can relive some of the be...
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Car parking fails so bad they
Release Date: 14-11-2014

We've all experienced it. You're crawling around the car park, desperate to find one of those precious parking spaces. After about 5 minutes of driving aimlessly round tight corners, you find a spa...
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The 10 most luxurious car modifications you’ll ever see
Release Date: 14-11-2014

All car enthusiasts love a good modification. However it’s far more frequent to see a Frankenstein’s monster-like eyesore; with the new parts sticking out like a spoiler on a transit va...
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First ever flying car takes to the sky
Release Date: 12-11-2014

It’s something that most car and technology enthusiasts have dreamt about for years. Having a car with the ability to take to the sky will potentially ask far more questions than it’s a...
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Country Roads- Deadlier than you think
Release Date: 10-10-2014

When it comes to road safety, we envisage the majority of casualties to happen on the motorways where speeding, overtaking and recklessness is abundant. However it seems that this might not necessa...
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Exclusive Competition: Win tickets to the Beaulieu Motoring Museum
Release Date: 24-09-2014

As any motor enthusiast will know, a car is so much more than a means to get from A to B. For there is so much more to know and love about vehicles, from that smell of petrol and the gleam of pai...
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Driverless Cars: Mercedes Get Their Road Licence
Release Date: 24-09-2014

This week, we’ve seen Mercedes become the latest car manufacturer to receive a licence to test autonomous cars on public roads. The state of California has allowed limited use of public roads...
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Review: Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Release Date: 23-09-2014

The Evoque was born to challenge the growing compact SUV market back in 2011. Since, it has grown to become one of most iconic models in Land Rovers line-up. The lower end of the engines bolsters ...
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Formula E Car to Star in Forza Motorsport 5
Release Date: 13-08-2014

It’s a good time for electric cars. The Tesla Model S and various other models have been doing a good job of increasing their reputation, and now they’re going to get even more popular....
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5 of the Most Stupid Car Accessories Ever
Release Date: 12-08-2014

We’ve all been tempted to spend some of our hard-earned money on superfluous accessories for our cars over the years. Sometimes it’s a funny sticker, others it’s a witty floor mat...
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16 Fastest Sports Cars in History
Release Date: 10-07-2014

Ever since the release of the Benz Velo in 1894, the first production car to hit 12mph, automobiles have always strived to outdo each other in the need for speed. As the years fly by, a new car has...
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Review: BMW 5-Series
Release Date: 09-07-2014

When it comes to the BMW 5-series, it has always been a favourite, and the new 5-Series is no exception.Winner of a string of comparison tests, and labelled ‘Germany’s favourite car&rsq...
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Which car is for me?
Release Date: 09-07-2014

Cars are like clothes. There is something for every occasion- the fancy over the top showy pieces, the bland blend-into-the background pieces, the suits anyone goes anywhere piece, and those that f...
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Silverstone hits big 50 in time for Silverstone Classic
Release Date: 03-07-2014

On Sunday 6 July, Silverstone will be hosting its 50th Grand Prix race. It’s a magnificent milestone, and one that will be celebrated not once but twice over the course of the month. The go...
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Review: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
Release Date: 04-06-2014

A mud-plugging Mitsubishi SUV with a PHEV engine is one way to describe the new Outlander. Eleven years after Mitsubishi first coined the term ‘Crossover’ this third embodiment of the c...
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5 worst and ridiculously funny car names of all time
Release Date: 03-06-2014

We’ve been graced with some truly remarkable cars since their conception. We’ve also been witness to some mechanical abominations. Good or bad, everyone likes to name their creation &nd...
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8 best car movie moments
Release Date: 02-06-2014

Throughout the years, we’ve been treated to a wide variety of car movies; some good ones, some great ones and ultimately some bad ones too. But today we’re here to remember some of the ...
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Places to drive before you die
Release Date: 02-06-2014

Too often, driving is seen as monotonous and boring- the ultimate goal just to get from A to B with nothing in-between. But here we have the top eight driving destinations in the UK to put the fun ...
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Funniest Car Insurance Claims
Release Date: 02-06-2014

Car insurance is a vital component for any driver, and although we would all prefer to never have to claim it, it is likely you will have to at some point or other during your time on the road. We...
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Ford Fiesta voted Car of the Year
Release Date: 20-05-2014

The Telegraph has crowned the Ford Fiesta as its Car of the Year for 2014. Readers of the newspaper were told to vote for their favourite cars in seven different categories as part of the Telegraph...
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Fleets at risk if they use Windows XP
Release Date: 19-05-2014

It has been revealed that fleets who are still using the Windows XP operating system may be compromising their online security.  This comes from Fleet Management Software Company Chevin. Micr...
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UK holds highest petrol prices
Release Date: 07-05-2014

The UK is continuing to struggle to pull out of the recession, and one factor not helping our wallets is the fact we hold the highest petrol pump prices of any major world economy. This hits busine...
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Global NCAP recommends 5-star vehicles
Release Date: 06-05-2014

Global NCAP has recommended that organisations operating vehicle fleets only buy 'five-star' cars; a statement that comes from new guidelines they have published.  These guidelines advise fle...
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Review: Porsche Macan Diesel
Release Date: 16-04-2014

It might disappoint some Porsche enthusiasts who were hoping to see a new 911 or Boxster in the manufacturer’s line-up, but the choice to launch the Macan is a vital one for Porsche. It mea...
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BMW M4 Convertible announced
Release Date: 10-04-2014

BMW have announced the M4 Convertible (F83), the final car of the latest BMW M3 and M4 generation. The M3 Saloon and M4 Coupé both sport revised exterior and interior designs, and the M4 C...
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Road safety improvements
Release Date: 07-04-2014

Statistics have revealed that up to a third of all road accidents in the UK involve someone who is at work, resulting in over 20 fatalities and 250 serious injuries a week. It is because of this th...
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Drivers
Release Date: 28-03-2014

When it comes to driving, you may not be surprised to find that the journey home has been voted motorist's favourite drive.  A new survey conducted by Halfords found that car owners put the a...
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Portland fixed fuel card
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Fleets are always trying to find ways to save money, and it is widely known that fuel cards can assist with this. However, specialist oil trading company Portland claims to have a fuel card which w...
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Four million cars plagued with steering issues
Release Date: 25-03-2014

Over four million people drive cars with a mind of its own, according to recent research. 12% of drivers claim that their car’s steering pulls either to one side or the other, according to a ...
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Insufficient road markings meet the grade
Release Date: 17-03-2014

A recent survey by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has shown that half of all road markings on England's highways need replacing. They surveyed nearly 4,000km of the country's roads and...
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Electric car prospects improve
Release Date: 17-03-2014

With the future of driving steering further and further towards electric cars, Europcar has welcomed a new patent that brings forward this likelihood, helping improve public opinion on the vehicles...
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Volkswagen e-Golf available to pre-order
Release Date: 17-03-2014

The Volkswagen Golf is a firm leader as the manufacturer's bestseller, with over 30 million units to their name. And now they are taking a leap to the future with the brand new e-Golf. With drive t...
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Drivers warned of new MOT laws
Release Date: 17-03-2014

As of last month, new MOT laws came into place regarding diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and drivers of diesel cars are being warned not to fall foul of charges as a result.  This guidance ...
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Licence Bureau and Skanska delivering schooling youngsters on safety
Release Date: 17-03-2014

Six high schools will be taking part in interactive training sessions held by Skanska and Licence Bureau, looking for any potential company car drivers out of the 1,000 six formers taking part. T...
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Nissan take a LEAF out of their own book
Release Date: 04-03-2014

Nissan are celebrating the achievement of their 2013 sales being even better than before, a success which is thought to be greatly due to the popularity of their new electric car the Nissan LEAF, w...
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IAM warn against driving on autopilot
Release Date: 20-02-2014

The Institution of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has urged drivers against driving on autopilot. Recent surveys reveal that 10% of motorists can’t remember any part of their journey. 1,500 drive...
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Is new ‘Green’ fuel actually better for the Environment? What Car? Tests…
Release Date: 10-02-2014

When we think 'green' we normally think of various benefits from environmental to wallet-saving positives; however the introduction of 'greener' petrol seems to tell another story.  The intro...
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Business drivers reminded of risks
Release Date: 28-01-2014

Employer responsibilities extend further than the office doors, business owners are being reminded. Road Safety GB North East Region has launched a new campaign to warn businesses that if they negl...
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FTA celebrate success of fuel card
Release Date: 21-01-2014

In the space of a single month, the RHA FTA Fuel Card has drawn a total of 5 million litres of fuel a month, saving members a combined amount of £150,000 against national average pump prices ...
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Vauxhall aim to lead wholelife costs
Release Date: 16-01-2014

Vauxhall is prepared to offer fleets the most competitive deals in terms of wholelife costs for every single model across its range. The decision comes in the wake of the need to benchmark costs ...
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Audi launches new in-car entertainment technology
Release Date: 16-01-2014

Audi has produced a new portable tablet that does wonders to connect its drivers to the rest of the world from inside the walls of their cars. The Audi Smart Display (ASD) vastly improves network...
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Pothole problem persists
Release Date: 15-01-2014

A persistent and well known hindrance to UK roads are potholes and with the recent wet weather storms coupled with the risk of freezing conditions at the end of the month, we are threatened with an...
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Reluctanct attitude to Driverless Cars
Release Date: 15-01-2014

In terms of motoring technology, one project taking the front seat is driverless vehicles. With everyone from Volvo to Google hopping aboard the bandwagon, it is hardly surprising drivers are just ...
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Brake hold crisis response training course
Release Date: 14-01-2014

Brake, the road safety charity is holding an Essential Crisis Response training course over a single day to which they are inviting all HR and Fleet Management workers to attend. Sponsored by FMG,...
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Car repair business owner fined £7,500 for reversing into and killing customer
Release Date: 10-01-2014

Mark Walker, owner of a car maintenance company in Berkshire, has been fined a total of £7,500 for failing to adhere to basic safety regulations after killing a customer by reversing into him...
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BMW 1-Series Hatchback M135i M Performance 3dr
Release Date: 18-12-2013

With agile driving, high performance energy and a striking body with vivacious elegance, the BMW 1-Series is sure to leave its mark even once the wheels have stopped turning. Powerful engines, a sl...
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Volvo to test driverless cars
Release Date: 11-12-2013

In a truly enormous step forward for motor technology, Volvo is planning a large-scale trial of driverless cars on public roads in 2017 on the streets of Gothenburg. 100 cars will drive in normal ...
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Peugeot introduce their most powerful car yet
Release Date: 13-11-2013

The 2013 Goodwood festival of speed saw the launch of something powerful, fuel efficient, and that little bit special. This was of course the new Peugeot RCZ-R - their most powerful road going mode...
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Quick Look: BMW 2-Series Coupe
Release Date: 12-11-2013

Replacing the previous 1-series Coupe, March 2014 will see BMW celebrating a model that raises the bar in the premium compact segment with an aesthetic appeal and dynamic ability to more than rival...
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RE-tech launch anti fuel theft device EyeCap
Release Date: 08-11-2013

Fuel theft has always been a problem affecting every type of vehicle owner, from councils, haulage firms, construction companies and transport managers to fleet owners; no-one is exempt. And with t...
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Online training to prevent work-related collisions
Release Date: 05-11-2013

Every single day, thousands of employers are sending their staff out driving on the road without ensuring they are safe. Over a third of accidents occur during company time, and with directors beco...
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Release Date: 05-11-2013

When it comes to driving, one of the key elements your car could not function without are the tyres, yet recent research has concluded these are one of the most neglected vehicle parts, most part...
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New Audi A8 available to order
Release Date: 05-11-2013

The highly anticipated Audi A8 is now available for pre-order. With a choice of five petrol and TDI engines, the new model has been revised to improve performance and efficiency to the max. The fl...
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Audi 4th best-selling manufacturers in UK
Release Date: 05-11-2013

Audi has crept around competition to become the fourth best-selling manufacturer in the UK, just behind Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen; helped by its long-standing policy to expand its model li...
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Can Eyes-Free Driving Change the Way the UK Drives?
Release Date: 01-03-2013

According to recent reports, Vauxhall are set to launch the first car powered with Apple’s Siri technology. This new technology is said to provide drivers with the ability to multi-task witho...
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Top districts for speeding in the UK
Release Date: 01-01-2000

What with numerous initiatives rolled out to help tackle the issue of speeding, the lengths to which it still occurs on our roads is shocking. 2013 saw new fixed penalty notices being issued meani...
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