Halfords’s boss has warned that soaring living costs are putting road users at risk.

Heavy south bound traffic slows down even further on the M6 Motorway in Lancashire England because of  road works disrupting  the flow of traffic, as motorists approach the junction with the M62 leading off to the Cities  of Liverpool and Manchester, and the M57 heading to Southport .The M6 motorway carries an enormous amount of traffic  heading down from Cumbria in the north to Birmingham in the midlands and beyond.

Chief of the motoring and cycling retailer, Graham Stapleton, said that the UK has the oldest car fleet in its history and hard-pressed owners are keeping vehicles going that risk safety.

On average, cars across the UK are 8.7 years old, more than a year older than a decade ago.

The average scrappage age of a car is 13 years – and there are 8.4m, or almost a quarter of all cars, running past that age.

The average age of cars in country could top ten years before the cost of living crisis eases, according to Stapleton.

Meanwhile, Halfords reported that revenues grew by 9.2 per cent in the 20 weeks to August 19, compared with the same period last year. 

However, Halfords claimed that the pandemic-fuelled bike boom had fallen victim to the cost of living crisis.

The vehicle service and repairs store said that the market for new bikes had been hit by customers having less money to spend.


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