Car production ‘plummeted’ in July
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Car production ‘plummeted’ in July

Car manufacturing output in July plummeted to its lowest level since 1956, as the industry struggled with the global shortage of computer chips and Covid-related staff absences. British car production totalled just 53,438 units in July, a drop of 37.6% compared with the same month in 2020, according to figures from the Society of Motor

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Drivers using headphones warned of risks of distraction
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Drivers using headphones warned of risks of distraction

Motorists wearing headphones while driving are being warned that they could be at a higher risk of having an accident and/or incurring penalties. Quotezone.co.uk, a car insurance comparison site, warns that while there is no specific law that states a driver can’t have headphones on, the risks should make drivers think again. Department for Transport

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Self driving may mislead people, claims EV maker
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Self driving may mislead people, claims EV maker

The industry should limit using the terms autonomous and self driving, considering no automobile today is truly capable of that and its common usage is becoming misleading for consumers, according to the Chief Executive Officer of Chinese electric-car maker Li Auto Inc. On his WeChat account Monday, Li Xiang’s comments come days after a fatal

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Book ASAP for your September or October MOT
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Book ASAP for your September or October MOT

Demand for garage services is expected to rise, so motorists with vehicles due for an MOT in the next two months are urged to book tests as soon as possible. The Motor Ombudsman says it has seen a spike in use of its online Garage Finder tool after the DVSA revealed 1.3 million additional MOTs

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Councils to get £15m fund to improve local roads across England
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Councils to get £15m fund to improve local roads across England

A £15 million funding package for councils across the country to improve traffic signals has been announced by the Government.  It has also been reported that the Government has made a commitment to explore how new technology – such as drones and 3D printing – could be used to find and fix potholes. The package

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UK roads expected to see 1.3m new drivers
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UK roads expected to see 1.3m new drivers

It has been suggested that more than a million tests were delayed during the pandemic. According to research published this week, British roads could see 1.3 million new drivers earn their licence this year.  Car insurance firm, Direct Line, analysed government figures to find that the coronavirus pandemic had caused a huge backlog of drivers

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NASP raises concerns over B+E testing plans
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NASP raises concerns over B+E testing plans

The DIA has joined the National Associations Strategic Partnership (NASP), and colleagues across the training industry, in expressing concern over Government proposals to remove the need for an additional test for B+E entitlement. The proposals form part of a wider range of solutions being consulted on to free up more testing capacity, and expedite licence acquisition, for LGV drivers). A

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DVSA launches consultation on lorry driver shortages
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DVSA launches consultation on lorry driver shortages

On 20 July, the government wrote to the logistics industry outlining a package of measures to help address the current shortage of lorry drivers. This included a consultation on proposed changes to the current requirements to obtain a vocational driving licence, for category C and D tests and all derivatives. The measures are designed to help get

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