Category: Cheap car insurance

Surround a Town operation nets hundreds of wayward drivers

The combined efforts of Essex Police Force, Trading Standards Officers and officials from the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) put the drivers of Clacton- on –Sea under scrutiny this week and unfortunately not everyone passed!
Operation Surround a Town came to Clacton on Wednesday as part of Essex County Council’s long running No Excuse campaign directed at errant motorists. The campaign’s aim is to let motorists know that offences like driving without a seatbelt, speaking on a hand held device and speeding can all impact […]

Historical value of buildings associated with the car industry recognised at last

In a move that will delight motor enthusiasts all over the UK, the Government and English Heritage have come together to acknowledge the classic buildings behind the classic era of cars and have given 13 buildings Grade II listed status.
The buildings range from architectural design right on the cusp of the modern age back to buildings of the 19th Century and the early days of motoring when a car insurance quote had never even been thought of. They include Sir David Salomons garages in […]

New braking system will cut insurance premiums for owners

In what is excellent news for owners of certain new cars, a leading group of UK motor insurance providers has announced premium reductions for vehicle with emergency braking technology.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has confirmed that cars featuring Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems will now attract reduced group ratings meaning cheaper insurance for their owners. The announcement comes after prolonged testing by Thatcham at their research centre in Berkshire. The company says there findings agree with an institute for highway safety in the United […]

Test centre to continue after successful year long trial

A year long trial in Louth using an alternative driving examination centre has been declared a success and local drivers will continue to take their driving test in their home town. Learner drivers in the area have benefited from having a driving test facility again after The Driving Standards Agency closed the old test centre because they felt it no longer met the required standard.
Local driving instructors initiated a campaign to save the old test centre from closing which involved local councillors, learner drivers and […]

New Scheme Hopes to Improve Road Safety for New Drivers

A brand new police-led scheme aimed at improving road safety for learner drivers has been launched in the Wirral area of the North West of England this week. The ground-breaking safety initiative called “ENGAGE” is being introduced by the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership and they are hopeful of reducing accidents involving young drivers.
The scheme is collaboration between Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and five local authorities. Over one-hundred local driving instructors have been given specialist training to help learner drivers identify and […]

Demand for Green Cars Beginning to Accelerate

According to research carried out by SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) CO2 emission level figures on new cars are getting greener. The average CO2 emissions for a new car went down by 4.2% last year and have reduced by 23% in the last decade.
However, the average new car figure of 138g of CO2 per one kilometre is still higher than the 2015 European legislative target of 130g/km. SMMT figures showed that last year only half of new cars had emissions below the 130g/km […]

Kidderminster May See the Welcome Return of Driving Tests

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning has announced that the trial into utilising local authority buildings, hotels or leisure centres as driving test centres, may be extended to Kidderminster. The news comes three years after the test centre in Castle Road, Kidderminster, was closed down despite 1,800 people signing a petition against the closure. For the last three years learner drivers have had to go to an out of town test centre to try and pass their test before getting a vehicle and protecting it with […]

MOT frequency to remain the same

In a remarkable change of policy, the Department for Transport (DfT) has decided to leave the frequency of the MOT certification process exactly as it is.
The announcement yesterday by Transport Minister Justine Greening means cars will require an MOT after three years and then annually, just as before. It was expected to be changed to four years before the first certificate was required and then a further two years before the car was tested again, to fall in line with most EU countries. It is […]

Motor industry satisfied with performance in 2011

As 2011 comes to a close the British motor industry is in a good position and will go from strength to strength in 2012, according to a report by industry leaders.
That was the summing up of Paul Everitt the Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) when he addressed the press earlier this week. He was upbeat about the industry’s future and pointed to the massive levels of investment poured into the UK motor industry by foreign investors in 2011.
Projects totalling […]

Parking wardens job security under threat

Parking attendants who work in the South Tyneside area are fighting back over allegations that they are too quick to issue tickets to motorists. The council are currently planning a shake-up of the borough’s car parking system.
The council are all set to part company with the current parking enforcement provider (Apcoa) after a large number of claims about their poor performance. This means that there is uncertainty for the twelve civil enforcement officers who are employed by the company. The dozen workers have come under […]