Car tax changes: Vehicle Excise Duty may be scrapped in favour of new road charge

“A charging mechanism should be based on distance travelled, time of day, location, and level of emissions and impact on the environment of the vehicle.  “Such variable, distance-based charging would reflect the impacts of individual journeys more appropriately and, unlike clean air zones or congestion charges, account for both pollution and congestion at the same time.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak froze fuel duty rates for a tenth year running during his budget statement in March.  However, some have called for the fuel duty to rise if a new road charge comes…

Highway Code updates will see DfT introduce these three new driving laws in 2020

The changes will see three new laws introduced to the road which will include extra safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists and a new “Hierarchy of Road Users” concept. This policy means those road users who can do the greatest harm will have the biggest responsibility to reduce road danger.  The DfT says the new hierarchy system is not set to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in every situation but will ensure a “mutually respectful” and “considerate culture”.  New legislation says this will apply most strongly to…

Car insurance UK: FCA payment holidays will be extended but some will miss out on savings

Car insurance customers who have not already benefited from the deal will still have time to apply to the scheme which freezes all payments for those who may be struggling financially. The new extension will mean customers can apply for a three month extension up until 31 October. This means some motorists could end up with car insurance disruption into the start of January 2021. However, the new extension does not mean firms need to offer customers more than a three month freeze unless this is considered to be in…

Staycation UK: Driving holidays have ‘increased’ as Scotland revealed as most popular area

Staycation tours are being snapped up by holiday makers with tour guides adding extra trips to cope with a surge in demand. The socially distanced nature of the tours mean using a vehicle has become “the gateway to adventure while ultimately feeling very safe”, according to tour operators Classic Grand Touring.  Director John Marcar says a driving holiday puts motorists “in control of the environment” so road users can explore without being surrounded by risks.  Speaking to Express.co.uk, he says: “In a car that you own, you’re in an  environment…

Car tyres: New driving law could see motorists fined up to £10,000 and issued 12 points

New driving laws announced last week has seen the government ban tyres which are more than 10 years old from buses, lorries and coaches on roads in England. However in a devastating blow to road users, Express.co.uk has learned the offences will carry the same penalty as those who do not comply to minimum tread depth requirements.  Drivers will also be issued three penalty points for each tyre which does not meet legal tread depth rules.  As penalties are issued based on each tyre, road users could see penalties rise…

New car scrappage scheme: Motorists can save up to £5,000 when buying brand new vehicles

Car scrappage scheme proposals vary by car brands but could see some owners handed up to £5,000 to trade in their car for a cleaner model. A scrappage scheme worth up to £6,000 for electric cars was considered by the government as a way to boost sales in a fledgling car market but this has since been abandoned. Consumer watchdog Which? Looks at how motorosts can make massive savings from a simple trade and which firms are offering the best discounts.  Hyundai  Hyundai is offering drivers up to £5,000 in savings…

UK fuel: Classic cars may ‘run better’ and suffer less car damage with new E10 petrol mix

Mr Ricrado launched the UK’s first alcohol fuel, Cleveland Discol, in 1928 which was sold for 40 years up to 1968.  Mr Ireland told Express.co uk: “The thing to remember is ethanol petrol and alcohol in petrol is not new.  “It was originally launched in a fuel called Cleveland Discol, I think it was around in the 1930s.  “If you think about it, those cars although they were the new cars of the day, they are the classic cars of today and they were running on ethanol blended petrol without…

MOT test: Millions of drivers broke this simple law last year and risked £1,000 fines

Millions of drivers have failed to arrive for their MOT test exam on time despite major financial and safety implications. Data from the DVSA shows a total of 7.6million road users arrived at their MOT test at least one day late in 2019 which could have caused motorists to be charged. The majority of drivers who missed their initial test did visit a garage for an exam within three months of their expiration date. However, shocking statistics revealed that a total of 322,148 drivers waited over 12 months from their…

UK fuel: Pump prices fall by up to 8p per litre at three Moto service stations

Fuel pump prices will be slashed at three stations operated by the Moto group with a view to extend the discounts to all of their 47 forecourts if successful.  Motorists can make these savings at three service stations situated across the UK as part of an initial three month trial.  Service Stations at Frankley on the M5 near Birmingham, Lancaster on the M6 and the Donington Park station on the M1 near Derby will be given the discounts. The price reductions will see unleaded petrol fall to just 111.9p per…

Car damage: Mercedes supercar destroyed at Birmingham Airport car and meet service

A car meet and greet service based near Birmingham Airport handed back an owner’s keys with £20,000 worth of damage after the owners dropped their car off to be looked after while they were on holiday. Owner Jay Tranter paid £52.94 for a meet and greet service with a company called Car Parking Birmingham Airport, registered as car Park Birmingham Ltd.  “This car is worth £65,000. It’s beautiful and turns heads wherever it goes as it’s that type of motor. I’ve always had nice cars, but this is the best…