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Is Your Car Coping with the Heatwave?

Driving in the summer can be a delight, with warm evenings, trips to the seaside, and convertibles finally coming into their own. Unfortunately, warmer weather and holidays can also bring traffic jams and mechanical problems. As well as issues caused by the heat itself, driving longer distances for holiday travel can make existing problems worse, causing a breakdown at the most inconvenient time. more info…

Should I do a Speed Awareness Course?

Speeding fines, points and insurance policy premiums go hand-in-hand; if you receive the first two, your premium will rise. The National Speed Awareness Scheme, contrary to common belief, is not operated by the police, however, they do appoint a member of the Association of National Driver Improvement Course Providers, (ANDISP), to deliver the courses in their particular area. If you are a regular speeding offender, you may be offered the chance to take the Speed Awareness Course rather than be issued with penalty points, and, although the course costs around £100, it will avoid any additions to your licence. more info…

How Government Cuts Impact Our Roads

Amongst other cuts, back in 2010 the government announced it would reduce police funding across all of our police forces. To meet the new budget targets police chiefs gradually began to reduce their spending by cutting back on specialist policing areas which included the number of traffic officers. more info…

What’s New with Vehicle Road Tax?

April 2018 saw changes to the government regulations for Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), more commonly referred to as road tax. This followed on from the significant changes to tax brackets brought in the previous year, in April 2017. As a result, some owners of new and used cars have seen a large difference in the amount of road tax they pay, leaving drivers of some vehicle classes better off, and others worse. more info…

2018’s New Driving Laws – What Do They Mean for You?

A raft of new motoring laws has been introduced in the first half of 2018, with more likely to be on their way. Keeping track of all the changes can be tricky, whether you’re a driver or work in the motor trade. However, if you fall foul of these regulations, not only could you invalidate your insurance policy, you could face a hefty fine or even a prison sentence. So, what do you need to be aware of when driving on the UK’s roads? more info…

Trade and Number Plate Fines

There are certain rules that apply to vehicle registration plates for cars and commercial vehicles, and failure to comply can lead to heavy fines of up to £1,000. Any motorist who drives with a dirty number or trade plate, where the registration is not clearly visible is liable to be stopped and fined by the police; this includes snow covered plates. It only takes a second to check, so have a quick look to ensure your plates are clean before setting off. more info…

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