DVLA scam email: Simple overpayment text message confirmed as a scam by agency chiefs

The DVLA came to learn of the fraudulent message after a screenshot was uploaded by a concerned road user. The message claims that drivers were owed hundreds of pounds in compensation payments which they could claim through a simple link. The identical email even included the same value of overpayment and link highlighting that this was a chain message sent around to various addresses. The message is not the only scam sent out under the DVLA badge this year with dozens for road users suffering similar issues. Drivers have been…

Ford’s fully-electric Mustang Mach-E breaks light during special Goodwood drifting session

Ford showed off how drivers can still have fun behind the wheel of an electric vehicle as professional driver Vaughn Gittin Junior took a special version of the car through its paces. The model used on track was a special model created with more than 10,000 hours of collaboration between the drifting expert and Ford Performance. The Mustang Mach-E 1400 version is powered by seven electric motors connected to differentials with a huge range of adjustability to set the car up for drifting or circuit racing. The car had so…

Mobile phone driving law: AA President Edmund King says new rules will ‘clarify the law’

Mr King said he was “pleased” the loopholes surrounding phone use behind the wheel would be stopped. He claimed there was “no excuse” for using a phone while driving and revealed that the new rules would ”clarify the law”. The AA President hopes the new rules would help drivers to understand how dangerous using devices behind the wheel could be. Speaking after the announcement, Edmund King said: “There is no excuse for picking up a mobile phone when driving so we are pleased this loophole will be closed. “Phones do…

Fuel duty price increase ‘would be wrong’ as changes could be ‘punitive’ on road users

Fuel duty cost rises would be “punitive” on many drivers who are struggling to bear the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Simon Williams, RAC fuel expert warned the economy was “dependent on driving” with roads vital to move goods across the nation. Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Williams said: “The economy is very much dependent on driving and the roads so we feel that as the economy is struggling at the moment it would be the wrong time to increase fuel duty. “We appreciate its been held since George Osborne cut it.…

London ULEZ 2021: Thousands of road users to face £300 daily charge to drive within months

Thousands of owners who drive heavy vehicles will be issued charges when they come into effect from 1 March 2021. The changes were set to come into effect at the end of 2020 but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Drivers affected will be those with a heavy vehicle including lorries, buses, coaches and specialist vehicles. Road users will be forced to pay £100 daily charge if their vehicle only meets Euro 4 or Euro 5 emissions standards. Meanwhile, highly polluting models which are not Euro 4 compliant will…

Cars baffle 50 percent of UK adults – What is a dipstick for?

A quarter have no idea how to check the tread depth on their tyres, while 24 percent could not confidently locate the dipstick. But one in 10 are also puzzled about how many miles per gallon their car can do and 41 percent do not know the difference between horsepower and miles per hour. As a result, the study by YesAuto found buying a new car is considered more stressful than starting a new job, taking an exam or managing deadlines at work. Stuart Palombo, UK business director at YesAuto,…

Car parking: Pavement restrictions toughened up in Wales as current rules are ‘not clear’

Pavement parking offenders in Wales could soon face tougher penalties after councils were given extra enforcement powers to charge those breaking the rules. Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters revealed the new civil enforcement penalties could be put into action by 2022. He stressed the new rules would not look to penalise drivers who are given no option but to park on the road. Instead, local councils can make judgments of where they can clampdown in targeted hotspots such as schools and areas which have suffered previous issues.…

DVLA scam email: Police issue warning for this fake vehicle tax refund message

Greater Manchester Police has issued a critical warning on social media regarding the email which tells drivers their vehicle “is no longer taxed”. Officers from GMP Sale revealed they had received 214 reports of drivers receiving the email over the weekend in a major concern. “You also have to pay for the time it was not taxed.” Responding to the message, GMP Sale warned the message was “suspicious” and urged drivers to report the email if they receive it. GMP Sale posted on social media: “Watch out for these fake…

Road Safety: Cyclists unaware of Highway Code in threat to drivers who could face fines

They reveal cyclists can claim against car insurance policies for a range of injuries including mental trauma and damage to property. However, this can be hard in areas with few witnesses and where the driver has no dashcam footage to use. This could deeply damage a drivers car insurance policy with an incident likely to end a no claims discount. Drivers could also be hit with a £1,000 fine for opening the door and accidentally hitting a cyclist in a violation of Rule 239 of the Highway Code. Source link

Parking fine: Automatic number plate recognition cameras blamed for £3million charges

“Part of the money taken from fines should be spent on remedying that issue, so that drivers aren’t paying out unnecessarily. “Our research found that nearly three quarters (74 percent) of drivers who appealed a PCN were successful, suggesting that many fines are in fact being issued unfairly. “Clearly, there’s lots of confusion around the different parking rules.” Churchill Insurance’s analysis comes just over a month after the government announced it would crackdown on private parking firms. Source link