Road Tax Changes

From April 1st, road tax has dramatically changed. Didn’t know? You weren’t the only one! A recent survey by website Carbuyer revealed that nine out of ten drivers were unaware of the current change to the price of road tax being changed. Lack of communication has been see before when the tax disk was abolished. Here is everything you will need to know about the current change. Cars which were previously exempt, like those using hybrid, are no longer exempt. Hybrid owners will now have to pay £130 a year road tax. Previously, cars that emitted 100g of Carbon Dioxide or lower were exempt from paying car tax. Nevertheless, from April 1st they also will be liable to pay £130 every year. It’s not all bad though as if you drive a hybrid or your car emits 100g of Carbon Dioxide or lower, you…

What To Consider When Buying a Used Car

Are You Buying a Used Car But Not Sure What Checks Need To Be Made? Have A Look At What We Think Are The Most Crucial Checks That Need To Be Made When Buying A Used Car If your reading this then you probably understand the stress that comes with buying a new car. You might even know about the additional stress that comes with buying a used car. With all the added checks that you need to do, it can be hard to make sure that your car is properly maintained. However, once you’ve read through the list below, that task will be made much easier and you can make sure that your potential new car is of selling standards. What Documents Do You Need To Check? The first thing that needs to be checked when buying a used car is it’s documents….

What To Look For In Your Summer Car Health Check

Summer Car Health Checks As it’s coming up to summer, its a good idea give your car a summer health check. To help, we have listed the essential checks that you should include when checking your car. Like most people, keeping up with the maintenance of your car isn’t easy, especially if you have a lot going on in your personal life or you just have no clue what to check for. However, you will know that it’s coming up to that time where you need to do your summer car health check. Below you will find a list of all the things you will need to check for you to have a healthy car in the summer.   Engine Coolant Levels Do you check that your engine coolant levels are at a recommended level on a regular basis? Well according to the AA, six million people…

Speeding fines go up today – Here is everything you need to know

Speeding Fines Made More Surveyor Under Stricter Law As of today, Magistrates will be able to apply the maximum speeding penalty of 150% of the offending drivers weekly income. The was decided last year by the Sentencing Council when they held a consultation. The RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Williams welcomed the change. He said “Hopefully, hitting the offenders harder in the pocket will make them think twice before doing it again in the future”. The sentencing Council introduced the change as they felt that the current punishment didn’t reflect the ‘potential harm’ that could be caused by going above the speed limit on the road. The stricter law makes the fine for speeding on a motorway £2,500. In 2015, 166,695 people from England and Wales were sentenced to £188 for going above the speed limit. However, the council are hoping that the amount of people speeding…

Tougher Mobile Phone Law Could Land You a £2000 Fine

As of March 1st 2017 the mobile phone law penalty for driving and using your phone has doubled to a £200 fine and six points on your licence. If you are driving a bus or a goods vehicle, you could get a maximum fine of £2,500. However, if your case gets taken to court, you could be disqualified from driving and get a £1,000 fine. Here are a few reasons why this mobile phone law has become tougher. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a survey in 2010 revealing distracted drivers cause 18% of fatal crashes. This lead to 3,092 people being killed and around 416,000 being wounded. 11% of drivers aged 18-20, involved in a car crash, admitted that they were receiving or sending a text at the time of the crash. This links with the results of Virginia Tech Transportation institute’s study….

How to prepare my car for an MOT test?

Once a car reaches 3 years of age it becomes a legal requirement that it needs to undergo a yearly MOT test. This test ensures that the car is safe for use on the public roads. There are a number tests involved and unless you are a mechanic yourself then it can be impossible to check these at home. There are a few area’s that can be easily checked and rectified though before taking your car for an MOT test.

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal The world largest car manufacture Volkswagen made world news last week for the wrong reasons. The emissions coming out of Volkswagen diesel engines were not a true reflection of what they have stated officially. The emissions problem began in the US. Regulators discovered that certain vehicles made by Volkswagen were fitted with software that would make their diesel engines operate differently when they sensed that the car was being tested. It meant that the vehicles emitted considerably more pollutants in real world driving conditions than they had in testing. Volkswagen has come up with a solution and will begin the largest recall in the brands history. They have moved quickly to find a solution and have outlined a plan. Volkswagen will begin recalling all vehicles that have been affected by the diesel emissions test scandal. According to The Wall Street Journal,…