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UK car sales fall for fifth month running 0

August saw UK new car sales fall for the fifth month in a row, demand for diesels in particular dropped by more than a fifth. Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed there were 76,433 new car registrations last month. This marked a drop of 6.4% from the same time(…)

Kia latest brand to introduce £2,000 scrappage scheme 0

Kia is the latest brand to introduce a UK scrappage scheme for its older vehicles. Drivers of the company’s cars that are over seven years old will be offered £2,000 to trade their vehicle for a new Kia Picanto or Rio. The initiative is already active at Kia dealerships across the UK and will run(…)

New vehicles will face tougher emissions tests to prevent manufacturers ‘cheating’ 0

New legislation has come into force that will see new cars face tougher emissions tests. The tests will see new vehicles put through both open road testing with monitoring equipment attached to the exhaust pipe and a more robust set of laboratory tests. The new testing programme is part of a revised set of European(…)

UK Government gears up to trial self-driving lorries on motorways 0

This is a guest blog by Servicing Stop PR Executive – Jacqueline Gordon When autonomous cars hit our roads sometime in the next few years, they will be truly revolutionary. Delivery firms, cab companies and motorists alike are expected to embrace the self-driving vehicles as a convenient alternative to a human driver. But is there(…)

TERROR ON THE ROADS – why banning vans is just the start of the solution 0

This is a guest blog written by Servicing Stop PR Executive Jacqueline Gordon. In the wake of recent terror attacks across the UK and Europe, motorists are now fearing the worst; terrified of becoming victim to a violent car-jacking or driving behind a car that could potentially detonate. Marseille, Barcelona and Catalonia became the latest(…)

Don’t boil the kettle while charging your electric car – warns National Grid 0

Owners of electric cars have been warned not to boil the kettle while charging their electric car as it’s believed the combination will blow the fuse in the majority of UK households. The National Grid believes that it will take a lengthy 19 hours for a car battery to be fully charged using a standard(…)

Used car market has declined by 5.1% in 2017 0

The used car market has declined by 5.1% throughout 2017 so far; the fall coming in the wake of record-breaking figures in 2016. The second quarter of the year saw used car sales drop by 13.5% compared with the same period in 2016 – 300,000 fewer transactions. Diesel car sales declined by just 0.1% in(…)

Are we going back to the future? 0

Electric cars, what do they mean to you? When I think ‘electric cars’ – I see Marty and Doc hovering above the clock tower in a Delorean; UFOs landing on the M25; tumbleweed floating through an old Shell petrol station…   While these visions of a post-apocalyptic future (plus Michael J. Fox) spring to mind(…)

Drop in car production hits UK industrial output 0

UK industrial production dropped in the second half of 2017, the latest figures have revealed. The numbers, revealed by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), saw industrial output fall by 0.4%, most due to a 0.6% drop in production. This was primarily down to a 3.6% drop in the production of transport equipment, including motor(…)

Motorists want police funding to be spent fighting terror NOT road crimes survey finds 0

Motorists want police funding to be used to fight terrorism instead of road crimes, a new survey by Servicing Stop has found. The online car servicing provider asked more than 1,200 drivers where they thought police funding should be spent following recent cuts to regular and armed police officers. More than three-quarters (76%) said they(…)