Monthly Archives: July 2008

Ford and security firm tackle converter thefts

Thursday, 31st July, 2008

A sudden rise in thefts of catalytic converters could be tackled with a new scheme developed by Ford and a security firm. Criminals have been removing the units from parked vehicles in order to sell on the precious metals inside, worth around £100 per time. Police have previously faced problems clamping down on the Read the full article…

Major van survey ‘prompted by sales growth’

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

A massive surge in van sales in the UK has prompted an industry group to investigate the phenomenon with an online survey. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), light commercial vehicle sales are now at 380,000 a year and have more than doubled since 1998. The SMMT has put together an Read the full article…

Audi overhauls powerful A5 model

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

Audi has announced an overhaul of its entry-level A5 model which will see the car equipped with an engine capable of a top speed of 148mph. The firm revealed the A5’s 1.8-litre TFSI unit was being replaced with a new 2.0-litre TFSI in a move described as the latest step in an “exhaustive engine development Read the full article…

Motorists face more tickets for ‘inconsiderate’ parking

Wednesday, 30th July, 2008

Drivers across the UK could find they are given more tickets for double parking and other “inconsiderate” habits. The government said powers already in operation in London could be extended to councils in other areas, meaning wardens will be able to hand out charges for a wider range of infringements. Currently all areas outside of Read the full article…

Warning for speed camera detector users

Tuesday, 29th July, 2008

UK drivers heading for the continent this summer are being advised to remove satnav safety camera mapping systems following the results of a survey. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has found out of 23 European countries, only two – the UK and Hungary – permit the use of both camera detectors and POI (points Read the full article…

News speed cameras ‘catch one driver’

Tuesday, 29th July, 2008

A speed camera system set up to catch motorists in Northern Ireland has so far only led to the prosecution of one driver. Website 4NI reports a ‘Specs’ camera network on the A2 in north Down, between Bangor and Hollywood, has only nabbed a single driver since being switched on in May. According to Read the full article…

Mercedes offers online test drive

Tuesday, 29th July, 2008

Mercedes is offering drivers the chance to take one of its latest cars for a test drive without them even having to leave their homes. The firm has developed an online simulation allowing motorists to take the CLC coupe for a spin around a virtual London. Users can customise a CLC 350 Sport, the Read the full article…

RHA welcomes planned sanctions for trucks

Monday, 28th July, 2008

A hauliers’ group has welcomed a new range of sanctions for trucks planned by the Department for Transport. Ministers are proposing practical penalties for offences involving foreign-registered vehicles and new powers allowing officials to immobilise trucks found to be breaking the law. The Road Haulage Association (RHA) said the scheme should be introduced “as soon Read the full article…

Credit crunch ‘not affecting car mods’

Friday, 25th July, 2008

Drivers who love modifying their cars are undeterred by the credit crunch, a motoring expert has said. Fast Car Magazine’s reviews editor said most people who modified their cars are younger drivers aged between 16 and 24 who still live with their parents and aren’t being affected by the problem. However, Ben Chandler also did Read the full article…

Majority in Northern Ireland ‘uninformed about green cars’

Friday, 25th July, 2008

Seven in ten Northern Ireland motorists do not know how green their cars are, according to research. The Belfast Telegraph also reports research from the Energy Saving Trust shows motorists are missing out on saving money because information about green driving is not readily available. According to the paper, the ‘Driven’ report on drivers Read the full article…