Road to Zero policy outlines the Government's strategy to shift to electric cars

While many of the changes are focused around the 2040 proposed ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel motors, some of the strategies are already in place today. We take a look at five ways the Government proposes to ease us all into electric vehicles, from converting street lights into plug-in points, chargers exclusively for cabbies, stricter MOT tests and incentives to purchase vehicles and home plug-in points.

Britain's worst spot for parking fines has been identified – and the dubious distinction goes to Brighton, which last year issued more tickets than there are cars.

A hot hatch must be savagely fast but also practical enough to be used all the rest of the time; tackle trips to the tip, the school run, five-up journeys to the coast. Here are the best.

From 2040, only hybrids with significant electric-only ranges - believed to be 50 miles in full zero-emissions mode - will be available to the market, new government plans outlined.

The first of three, £6,000 electronic signs are being introduced on the roads of Norwich, where they an detect when digital signals are being transmitted by a handset inside a vehicle.

All new homes and blocks of flats could be required to have electric car charging points installed as part of a £400million scheme to boost the use of battery-powered vehicles.

Despite a pledge to see the end of petrol and diesel vehicles on UK roads by 2040, transport secretary Chris Grayling states that diesel cars may still be the most sensible option for long journeys.

Why England's success at the World Cup has cost Auto Trader more than £187k

Five games into the World Cup and the Three Lions have hit the back of the net no fewer than 11 times, costing Auto Trader just over £187,000. And with England guaranteed to play two more games in the tournament, it's likely to get more expensive still for the car sales site. Winner Imogen Ryan, 24, (inset) posing with her new Alfa Romeo Mito after entering the competition when Harry Kane blasted in his penalty against Colombia in the last 16 tie.

British motorists using the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Toyota C-HR could be inhaling millions of toxic particles with every breath. Researchers tested the air inside 11 cars to get their results.

FILE - This June 14, 2018, file photo, shows a Nissan logo on a Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Truismo on display at the automaker's showroom in Tokyo. Nissan Motor Co. says it has altered results of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests of its new vehicles sold in Japan, in the latest misconduct to surface at the Japanese automaker. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)

Nissan has admitted that it altered the results of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests of new vehicles sold in Japan after it was caught letting unqualified people take the measurements.

When 2,000 Brits in a study took a tricky quiz that asked them to differentiate made-up signs from real ones found on Britain's roads - not one scored 100 per cent. See how you fare here.

Jake Berry, a junior minister for the Department for Communities and Local Government, called on councils to consider bringing entertainment to shopping centres.

Since 2013/14, there has been a 195 per cent rise in clamping for non-payment of vehicle excise duty (VED), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency said.

The 10 most unreliable new cars revealed

What Car? received feedback about 14,000 UK-registered vehicles in the latest reliability survey, with owners reporting how many faults their motors had in the last year. These were the 10 models with the worst track records, including (from top left to right) the Fiat 500X, Nissan Qashqai, Volvo XC90, Mercedes E-Class, Range Rover Sport and Jeep Renegade.

Additional charges, unforeseen insurance costs and poor customer service all related are common car rental grumbles. Here's how to avoid them with the help of vehicle rental experts.

Some 13 airports have raised initial pick-up prices over the past year. In the worst case, pick-up fees at Luton Airport have surged to £8 for just half an hour of waiting time.

This good-looking, five-door, five-seater back-to-basics SUV has a headline-grabbing starting price of £9,995 for the entry-level Access model.

In order to be compliant with the GDPR, the DVLA has insisted that previous keepers' details will be removed from a car's log book. This means dealers will not be able to check vehicle history for free.

Professor Simone Pettigrew from the School of Psychology at Curtin University has revealed the extent of the public's mistrust for driverless technology (Stock Image).

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Demand for new cars fell by 3.5% in June leaving vehicle registrations for the first half of the year 6.3% behind, thanks largely to crumbling diesel sales.

Britons are buying more Korean cars than any other drivers in Europe

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said 190,000 new Korean motors were sold in the UK in 2017 - more than any other EU nation - as we snap up cars from (left to right) Hyundai, SsangYong and Kia. And the love affair works in reverse, as South Korea also became the third largest Asian market for British-built motors last year, behind China and Japan.

Out goes the Mini's 1,275cc 63 horsepower engine. In its place is an electric motor and lithium phosphate batteries giving it a top speed of 75mph and a range of about 65 miles.

Car owners face a postcode lottery of widely differing charges – including administration fees and idiosyncratic add-ons – depending on where they live in the UK.

Dr Ralph Speth has called on the government to urgently provide certainty for business, such as guaranteed tariff-free access and frictionless trade with the European Union.

New Ford Focus review: So good it should tempt German car buyers

It’s only when you climb inside Ford’s new Focus hatchback and drive it that you realise what a cracking family car this really is. If you stuck a premium Audi badge on this then people would be raving about it. But because it carries the familiar everyman blue oval Ford badge, the care and engineering attention to detail that has gone into the new Ford Focus can be easily overlooked. Here's why it should make you rethink buying that Audi or BMW.

Judges on the annual Auto Express Awards commended Jaguar’s I-Pace for its style, driver appeal, comfort, quality and innovative all-electric powertrain.

Drivers could face higher prices to raise an extra £800million for the Treasury which will be ploughed into the health service.

A family-run garage business in Newport, south Wales, netted £2million by conspiring with a web of friends and relatives to swindle the insurance industry out of cash.

Using a new National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDSP) launched by dash cam maker Nextbase, the clips you submit are linked directly to 19 police forces up and down the country.

A new survey of drivers has identified the seven most commonly used terms vehicle technicians blithely drop into conversation - knowing the customer probably won't understand them.

Ten years ago, who would have thought that super-SUVs combining supercar performance with limo luxury would be all the rage? Today, there's no shortage of choice in this market. Which one rules?

Jaguar XJS preserved for 28 years is worth half what it was new

A Jaguar XJS being sold at auction next month with just 840 miles on the clock has proved that sticking a potential future classic in storage for 28 years can backfire. Despite having barely been used in a conscious effort to safeguard it in the hope that values would spiral as a future classic, the high estimated auction figure is less than half the adjusted original price of £81,014.

The SMMT said manufacturer investments in the UK fell to £347.3m between January and June this year, down from £647.4m in the first half of 2017.

Overall, 61 per cent of all speeding offences - which account for more than 700,000 cases in the last two years - were recorded in the zone where most drivers are caught over the limit.

A total of 137,225 new cars emerged from UK assembly lines last month, helped by an increase in home demand of 13 per cent year on year.

The multi-national heavyweight is banking on a major increase in the use of electric cars across the country over the next few years.

Aston menacing: Aston Martin reveals its DBS Superleggera - a £225K revival of a Bond favourite that doesn't require a secret agent to hit 211mph

The new lean and mean £225,000 DBS Superleggera accelerates from rest to 62mph in just 3.4 seconds and takes its inspiration from Aston Martin’s beefy long distance cruising models which over nearly fifty years have been driven on the big screen by British secret agent 007.

Magnitude Finance, which has 13 of the 23-man England squad as clients, said it has been preparing vehicle finance packages for players and their partners ready for when the tournament ends.

Chris Grayling had vowed to get tough after saying millions of UK motorists were being 'exploited'. But his call for an official probe into pump prices has been soundly rejected by competition watchdogs.

Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says the car company will make an electric pickup truck after the release of its next model. The truck will have dual motor all-wheel drive with 'crazy torque'.

Scorching temperatures of up to 90F have been predicted this week, which will see Britons bathed in hotter conditions than Tahiti. And this poses a risk to motorists who don't consume enough water.

Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas took the I.D. R Pikes Peak prototype up in a time of seven minutes 57.148 seconds on the 19.9 km mountain road on Sunday.

Manchester's roads will be dug up for a huge £500million urban cycling scheme which will carve 'Beelines' across the city. However, critics believe it will cause mayhem for traffic.

Which car brands are most - and least - likely to knock money off a new motor?

The average discount on the list price of vehicles between March and May was £2,581. However, of the 7,500 purchases reviewed, 218 customers couldn't get a single penny off the retail price of a new car. These are the brands providing the most wiggle room and the ones who don't want to haggle on price at all.

The 1964 DB5 - which was equipped with machine guns and tyre-bursting blades for Sean Connery's 007 - could have been found in the Middle East, according to a tip given to investigators.

Getting the letter ‘O’ mixed up with number ‘0’ is an easy mistake to make. But get it wrong when using a car parking machine and it can end up costing you hundreds of pounds in fines.

Everyone remembers their first motor - they're usually old, well used and flirting with the big scrapyard in the sky. These are the 10 models you're most likely to find if you are searching for a car for less than £1k.

Teslas may be as bad for the planet as their petrol and diesel equivalents, it was claimed by a London-based green data firm yesterday.

Britain's worst road for potholes is Mellor Brook Bypass in Balderstone, Lancashire, which has been reported to the council 545 times in a single year.

The elegant U.S. port city of Charleston, South Carolina is where Sweden-based, but Chinese owned, Volvo, founded in 1927, has built its first U.S. factory.

Children are exposed to a third more toxic car fume than their parents

Children are exposed to 30 per cent more toxic pollution than their parents when walking to and from school every day, a new study had found. Thermal imaging conducted outside schools showed that children under 11 years inhale almost a third more harmful vehicle fumes because they are in closer proximity to car exhausts.

Three supermarkets to cut fuel prices

Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have all committed to reducing the price of petrol by 2p and diesel by a penny this weekend in a second round of fuel pump cuts in as many weeks.

Women in Saudi Arabia are finally able to drive in their own country after a historic driving ban was finally lifted by King Salman. Those with licenses can hit the road at midnight local time.

According to a recent report, 3 in 5 car seats fitted in UK motors aren't safe. We've asked an industry expert to answer 30 FAQs about child seats so you don't make the same mistakes.

A Money Mail investigation has found drivers who take out cover on the day it is due can be charged £200 more than they would have been 24 hours earlier - even those who shop around for better prices.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the third example built by the Italian factory in 1962 and is just one of 36 in existence. Take a guided tour around the $45m beauty in this selection of stunning images.

Coverbox says the average increase in no claims discount value from year two to three works out at less than the average rise in insurance prices year-on-year.

Birmingham and Leeds plan Clean Air Zones charging cars £10 a day

Birmingham and Leeds city councils are set to introduce Clean Air Zones in 2020 that will charge drivers between £6 and £10 a day to enter their centres. Similar to the existing T-Charge and next year's Ultra-Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) in London, the levy will be applied in a bid to tackle lethal 'crisis-level' air pollution.

Motoring website is warning drivers to be careful how much hay fever medication they take as pollen counts soar, because too much could leave people legally unfit to drive.

With its stretched grille and cheery oval headlamps, the new Suzuki Jimny looks like it could be the love child of a Hummer and the equally battle-ready Mercedes G-Wagen.

The study by Post Office Travel Money found the biggest price rises for fuel across Europe are in Andorra, Austria and France - the most popular destination for Brits who are driving abroad.

Martin Tripp, a process engineer from Nevada, was hit with a $1 million suit alleging he hacked into Tesla's system, transferred data to third parties and gave false leaks to the media.

The Autopilot Buddy was deemed 'unacceptable' by US officials because it tricks the autopilot into functioning without the driver being able to intervene immediately if anything goes wrong.

To reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured, the Government has set aside a Safer Roads Fund to enable local authorities to improve around 50 of the most notorious A-roads.

This 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth is pitched to sell for £105,000

The 1987 model - number 38 out of 500 built - is the second souped-up Sierra expected to break the £100,000 mark in as little as two months after another sold for £112,500 in May. The car has an incredibly low 10,840 miles on the clock and has been kept in the same family since 1988. It's now being offered by the original owner's wife - who the car is registered to after his death - who wants to use the funds to purchase a retirement bungalow.

BMW 8 Series prices will start from £76,000 - though if you want the yet-to-be-seen M8 version, which is based on BMW's Le Mans racer, you'll have to fork out closer to £130,000.

Stadler is the most senior company official so far to be taken into custody over the German carmaker's part in the emissions cheating actions first highlighted in 2015.

The new vehicles will replace the aging fleet of expensive-to-maintain flat-bottomed amphibious assault vehicles in service since 1972. It is designed to protect Marines in transit from sea to shore.

Pavement parking to be illegal in Scotland and ULEZs could arrive

The Scottish Government said any owner who leaves a car straddling the kerb will be issued with a fine from the local authority. Under current law, parking on the pavement is only illegal in London - except areas of the capital where drives are instructed to do so. The new measures also proposed low emission zones similar to those being introduced in London from next year.

Wacky entrepreneur Shed Simove from London is known for his gimmicks. But his latest curious creation - an inflatable fake speed camera - could land him with a seven-year stretch in prison.

Own a Bentley Bentayga or a brand new BMW company car and you’ll be fine with London’s new huge ULEZ - drive a five-year-old Ford Focus or a classic car and you’ll get clobbered.

A bomb and bulletproof Jaguar which was Margaret Thatcher's last official car will go under the hammer next month in West Sussex. It has a titanium roof and ballistic steel armouring.

Aston Martin bosses described the new Rapide AMR as the company’s ‘most extreme four-door sports car’ with acceleration from 0-60mph in just 4.2 seconds.

MPs poured scorn on Paul Drechsler's claim that sectors of the manufacturing industry could become 'extinct', saying it was 'absolute nonsense'.

Mercedes cars found to be fitted with defeat devices by German authorities

According to the authorities, the cars use an illegal shut-off device that reduces exhaust gas cleaning when being driven normally on the road. Some one million cars could be affected globally, said the Federal Motor Transport Ministry.

Drivers in Britain have suffered a rise in fuel prices almost every day since the end of April despite wholesale costs coming down by around 2.5p per litre since May 24.

Carvana, the company behind the car vending machine, started putting vehicles into the glass building at Tempe, just outside Phoenix, over the weekend.

What are the priciest cars on the planet? This list features the 10 most expensive vehicles ever to sell at auction. Though none match the rumoured $70m (£52m) paid for a Ferrari 250 GTO .

Cambridge is set to build a £1million roundabout that gives right of way to cyclists and pedestrians, meaning drivers will be the lowest priority at the busy junction. Construction is set to being in 2019.

Tesla is updating its Autopilot software to make it clearer when drivers should hold the wheel. A recent update left drivers frustrated after it told them to 'hold the wheel' every 30 seconds.

London's ULEZ to extend to North and South Circular

Mayor Sadiq Khan confirmed that the ultra-low emission zone introduced next year will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads from October 2021. It means those driving older vehicles across a major part London – an area 18 times greater than the central zone – will face extra daily fees of £12.50 if they use their cars.

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Volkswagen said it would accept the fine imposed by prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig. Prosecutors concluded that Volkswagen failed to properly oversee its engine development crew.

The group, owned by India's Tata Motors, had previously said that only some of its next generation Discovery will be built at its Slovakia plant.

Photos of the latest AA breakdown recovery vehicles out on Britain's roads suggest it might be about to do away with its traditional yellow vans.

Ford is trialling a delivery service in Miami, Florida, using vans fitted with touchpad-activated storage lockers. The firm's vans will drop off your food, drinks and even household hardware.

Cars you can count on: The most reliable best-selling family hatchbacks on the market

We Britons love hatchbacks. While saloons are very much the preferred choice in other countries, the UK's best-sellers are traditionally five-door models. Nine out of the ten most-registered cars of last year were models with boot doors. But which of the popular hatches are most reliable? Warranty Direct claims to have the answers, including, clockwise from top right, the Mercedes A Class, Ford Fiesta, Mini, VW Golf, Audi A3 and Vauxhall Astra.

Professor Mark Miodownik, of University College London, said Leeds City Council was working with a team of engineers and designers to pioneer the idea of 'self-repairing cities'.

The Virgin magnate, who currently sponsors a Formula E team, said the UK should follow in the footsteps of other nations by culling combustion engines in seven year's time

Ferrari paired up Ray Massey – not the fastest performance car driver – with ‘Captain Slow’, aka James May, formerly of BBC’s Top Gear and now the Grand Tour, to test the new 488 Pista.

The four-seater sports car will boast 10 small rocket thrusters around the body that will improve acceleration, cornering, breaking and top speed, the Palo Alto-based car company has confirmed.

A study found the health costs to the NHS and society was worse in the cities, with the cost from an average car in inner London over the vehicle’s 14-year lifetime estimated at £7,700.

In the worst cases, hybrid cars - which use a combination of a combustion engine and electric power - are up to 80 miles per gallon shy of what manufacturers tell customers they can do.

How to save at least £6 on petrol every time you fill up your car

Thom Monk, pictured, believes he now saves £4,000 a year on fuel bills thanks to trading in his old gas-guzzler for an electric vehicle three years ago. There's one major caveat, however, his Tesla Model S cost him £65,000. Many people may not be able to stretch to that but with the average cost of filling a family car up to £71, here's what you can do.

Petrol stations are accused of exploiting drivers by failing to pass on the fall in the cost of oil. Fuel prices surged as drivers hit with the biggest monthly hike in petrol for 18 years in May.

With more than 8.5 million dog owners, Mazda's £24,368 CX-5 SUV has been crowned the most dog-friendly car. A panel of What Car? readers conducted real-world 'dog trials'.

The council manages more than 2,000 parking spaces and, based on previously published figures, it is estimated around £100,000 a year is collected in fines.

Chicago-based David MacNeil, who founded high-end car accessory company WeatherTech, paid the record fee for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO. It's one of only 39 models ever made.

In a survey of 2,000 drivers from the UK, 89 per cent admitted they had little or no understanding of road signs and highway rules in place in other European countries.

The first learner driver takes to the motorway as law change allows provisional licence holders to use Britain's fastest-moving roads from June

EXCLUSIVE: Finbar King, 17, has become the first learner to legally drive on a British motorway by entered the M25 during a driving lesson with an instructor on Monday at 00:01, which is the exact time the law changed to allow provisional licence holders to motor along the nation's fastest-moving routes.

In a major intervention, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said he wanted the EU to get on with striking a trade deal with Britain that would preserve existing markets on both sides of the Channel.

As one of the first journalists in the world to put the firm’s new I-Pace sports utility vehicle fully through its paces I can tell you that the performance of this Jaguar really is electric.

Some 193,000 new cars were registered in May, an increase of 3.4 per cent compared with 186,000 during the same month last year.

It is Audi’s answer to the growing number of top of the market luxury off-roaders including Britain’s Range Rover Sport, BMW’s X6, Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Coupe and the Maserati Levante.

The average cost of petrol has surged by 6p in a month, adding £3.29 to the price of a tank. Unleaded rose from 123.43p to 129.41p, with the cost of filling up a 55-litre car up to £71.18.

The startup has unveiled a new version of its prototype 'Flyer' vehicle and it appears more polished than the electrical aircraft, resembling a jet ski, which was released last April.

Is it legal to use my smartphone sat-nav on the car passenger seat and in the cup holder?

In the last couple of years, I have used my smartphone sat-nav in the car while driving. I had a holder for it, but it broke. Since then, I have been simply loading up the route and then leaving it on the passenger seat or cup holder - but I'm worried now that I am breaking the law.

The motoring industry might like you to do so, but you don’t always need to spend a fortune to get a top-rated car. We pick five of What Car?'s favourites for under £20,000

According to MotorEasy's warranty database, one owner of a Range Rover Sport who had clattered through a pothole was handed a bill amounting to £3,863.

Despite the incredible uptake in agreements in recent years, motorists still widely admit to not knowing the ins and outs of car finance. Here are the ten things they ask the most.

The plant, built on the site of an old coal mine, will manufacture the carbon fibre ‘tubs’ – or chassis – for its cars. The firm is shifting manufacturing of this vital component from Austria to Sheffield

Currently there are just 16,500 public charge points in the UK. But with a million plug-in electric cars due to be registered by 2020, this figure needs to increase six fold to cope with demand.

This photo provided by the Laguna Beach Police Department shows a Tesla sedan, left, in autopilot mode that crashed into a parked police cruiser Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Laguna Beach, Calif. Police Sgt. Jim Cota says the officer was not in the cruiser at the time of the crash and that the Tesla driver suffered minor injuries. (Laguna Beach Police Department via AP)

Authorities say a Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode has crashed into a parked police cruiser in Laguna Beach, Southern California.

Four gadgets you need to protect your car from theft and scams

With motorists increasingly vulnerable to a wave of next-generation car crime, retailers say more drivers are protecting themselves with the latest security devices - and some more old school ones. A spate of high-value vehicle thefts and a rise in the number of cash-for-crash insurance scams has seen the sale of four products in particular sky-rocket in the last couple of years. They are, clockwise from top left: a key signal blocker, dashcam, vehicle tracking system, and steering lock.

Comparison site said it conducted 1,000 vehicle spot checks up and down the country and found that 21 per cent had at least one tyre that need to be replaced.

Owners of affected Volkswagen group vehicles just over 150 days to make a claim that lawyers claim could result in compensation of up to 100 per cent of the car's purchase price.

The motorcycle builder’s new Classic 500 Pegasus is inspired by the lightweight, but rugged, 125 cc Flying Flea which was dropped behind enemy lines with British paratroopers on D-Day.

Nissan has fitted its school-run favourite Qashqai SUV - built in Sunderland - with advanced autonomous driving technology. We were among the first to put it to the test on UK roads.

The one-off Ferrari SP38 built for one of its 'most dedicated customers'

The Ferrari SP38 has been created for 'one of Ferrari's most dedicated customer' and features styling cues from famous prancing horses, including the F40 and 308 GTB. Another will never be made, as part of the famed Italian supercar-maker's unique 'One-Off' programme, which is a money-spinner that also harks back to its history of coachbuilt cars.

It's the very car used in the famous opening chase scene of the '90s Bond movie, where 007 dices with arch villainess Xenia Onatopp in her Ferrari 355 through the hills above Monaco.

With new checks added to the MOT making it harder to pass, a new calculator has been launched that claims to predict how much you will have to pay in repairs for your car to sail through the test.

Drivers book a Volvo test drive time slot on their smartphone or computer after supplying their postcode and location. The car will be dropped to the users phone after a deal was made with Amazon.

The British car maker sold 963 new cars in the first three months of the year for an average £160,000 each. That was up 11 per cent on the same period last year, when drivers typically paid £144,000.

According to a survey by the Heathrow, Florida-based American Automobile Association, consumer confidence has plummeted the most among young adults (stock image).

EU wants all new cars to be fitted with 11 safety measures by 2021

All new cars will be packed with significantly more life-saving safety equipment than ever before within three years - if Europe's lawmakers get their own way. These include autonomous emergency braking (top left) fatigue monitoring systems (top right), reversing cameras (bottom left) and lane-keep assist (bottom right), all of which could save an estimated 7,300 lives in Europe between 2020 and 2030.

The London Concours is the capital's summer-time automotive garden party that's crammed with over £50 million worth of exotic, vintage and hugely collectible cars.

The German car giant issued a safety recall of 312,000 vehicles on May 9 over an issue which could cause them to lose power. The latest issue affects BMW 3 Series models built over a seven-year period.

Town halls will be given powers to prohibit the sale of highly-polluting wet wood and any coal that is not smokeless. Wood-burning stoves have been blamed for toxic air.

With the UK's roads continue to fall into a state of disrepair, motorists suffer around 30,000 punctures a month on average, but 62% of new car owners don't get a spare wheel.

Prince Harry took his wife Meghan Markle out for a spin in a Jaguar that was hailed as 'the most beautiful electric car in the world' this evening as they went to their reception at Frogmore House

The electric eco-friendly Jaguar E-Type in which the newly wed Duke and Duchess of Sussex glided to their lavish reception turned almost as many heads at the royal couple themselves.

Half of motorists don't understand MOT changes introduced in May

Worryingly, 74% of motorists surveyed by the RAC believed drivers would continue using a car issued with an MOT minor fault, unaware that it needs to be fixed at their earliest convenience. Many drivers were also in the dark about emissions checks for diesel cars with particulate filters fitted.

This is 1 of 22 cars Volkswagen first brought to the UK in 1978 to promote its sale from the following year. Of those examples - all of which were left-hand-drive - just this car has survived.

Owners of older diesels are especially at risk with tighter pollution limits. Most drivers will be confused about the implications of the changes, according to motoring organisations.

Greg Clark suggested the Road to Zero policy outlined the plans to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars in 2040 would, surprisingly, include recommendations for diesels.

An investigation by motoring title Honest John found that TfL is using a clause created in 2003 to chase owners of vehicles, rather than their drivers, for payment of fines relating to traffic offences.

Environmental authorities in the German city said on Wednesday they had put up 100 signs this week announcing the ban in two streets that provide alternative routes for outlawed diesels vehicles.

Motorists are being urged to clean the air conditioning units in their cars after researchers found potentially dangerous bacteria living and breeding in systems.

Up to 117k potentially lethal cars could be back on the road

Any car built before 1978 is MOT exempt under the Department for Transport's new rules. Up to now, only cars manufactured before 1960 have avoided the annual check-up. Of the 250,000 cars registered between 1960 and 1978 currently registered in the UK, almost half are declared SORN and don't have an up-to-date MOT certificate. This includes models like the VW Beetle (top left), Ford Escort (bottom left), Mini (top right) and MBG (bottom right).

Petrol prices hit 126.04p per litre this week, and 128.79p per litre for diesel – the highest level since October 2014. Market speculators are now predicting oil will hit $100 a barrel next year.

Early reports had suggested the winning bidder for the former Senna car was none other than former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, however he has since quashed the rumour.

New research has exposed the UK locations where drivers have the greatest chance of being issued with a fixed penalty notice for a driving offence - and it doesn't look good for Avon and Somerset.

German car boss Dr Herbert Diess was handed am Autocar award for his impact on Volkswagen’s success over the past 12 months in delivering a record year for sales.

After monitoring the mental activity of taxi drivers, the measurements suggested that the quieter driving environment of the latter had a more positive effect on the well-being of the cabby.

Rolls-Royce reveals the world's most luxurious 4x4: The £250,000 Cullinan that curtsies to let you in, keeps champagne on ice and deploys chairs from the boot to watch the polo

The iconic British marque says its £250,000 purpose-built sports utility vehicle is inspired by Lawrence of Arabia's military-readied Roller, though it has undoubtedly been designed with the super-rich in mind. Here's everything you need to know about the Cullinan.

Pope Francis was gifted the 198mph supercar in November last year when he blessed and signed it, before it went under the hammer in Monte Carlo where it fetched four times the usual asking price.

The VW Polo supermini, SEAT Arona SUV and smaller Ibiza hatchback, have rear seatsbelts that could inadvertently become unbuckled if three passengers are sat in the back.

Emissions systems that are built into cars to capture harmful pollution take around 5 minutes to activate, resulting in twice as much pollution being produced than normal.

The Silvertown Tunnel was first proposed in 2005 to help ease the burden on the Blackwall Tunnel, and was backed by Boris Johnson in 2008 and his successor as London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Luxury car maker Porsche is accused of manipulating emissions readings to put models such as the Boxter S into a lower tax band to save its owners some £225-a-year.

Hybrid cars could be banned in 2040 under new plans

The 'Road to Zero' policy will outline the UK's shift to a road network of pure electric vehicles in the future, though industry insiders have slammed the plans as being 'unrealistic targets' that provide 'misleading messaging on bans'.

Japanese carmaker Nissan will gradually phase out the production and sale of diesel cars in Europe. That could put jobs at risk at its factory in Sunderland where 7,000 people are employed.

The EU will introduce new rules that will demand that all manufacturers add low-speed alerting sounders to their new electric powered vehicles from 2019. But Steer Safe wants it to be sooner.

German firm BMW warned owners of 312,000 of its vehicles that were sold in Britain from March 2007 to August 2011 to return them to dealers for an urgent repair after the scandal emerged.

Volkswagen's new T-Roc looks the part for leisure and holidays as well as daily tasks such as the school run and shopping. Good visibility and a higher-than-normal driving position are a boon.

Homeowners and motorists can claim compensation from their insurer if they are hit with unfair price hikes. Customers are winning refunds if they complain about rip-off quotes.

The most reliable second-hand luxury cars

Luxury cars tend to depreciate rapidly, so many appear on the used market with bargain price tags. But these models are fitted with lots of tech that can go wrong. Here are the ones worth looking for. These 8 variants are the most reliable, including the (clockwise from top left) BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Lexus GS and Audi A7.

It looks like nothing else on the planet, has impeccable environmentally-friendly credentials, and looks astonishing - and now we know what the i8 Roadster is like to drive.

Britons have named the car that makes them the happiest - and it's French. The Peugeot 3008 scored a massive 93.88% customer satisfaction rating in a recent survey of owners.

With car makers quoting astronomical speeds for their latest performance models, we wanted to find out if you can really use all that extra power when you're driving within the legal limits on UK roads.

Aston Martin say this car is a predator. And the prey in its sights is unashamedly rival German car-maker Porsche’s 911 – used as a benchmark. Is it as good on track and road? We found out...



The Range Rover that's faster than a supercar: 4x4 obliterates the record time set by a Ferrari for racing up one of the deadliest roads known to man

A fearless driver mastered no fewer than 99 hairpin turns with drops of more than 4,000 feet on the other side for just over seven miles of treacherous tarmac in less than 10 minutes - all in an SUV you can use for the school run right now.

Honda's NSX is the closest thing to the current F1 cars you can have on the road today. Powered by a hybrid V6 engine, it's one of few supercars to adopt electric power. Here's our full review.

The enormous six-wheeled offroader starts life as a modest Land Rover Defender 110 before being stretched out to 5.1 metres in length and fitted with two additional wheels.

An expert independent panel of 27 seasoned motoring journalists have chosen the best new car drivers can buy in the UK this year - but a poll of 3,817 Mail readers picked a different winner.

Dacia says the cost has jumped by £1,000 to £6,995 because higher specifications in the line-up have become more expensive after being fitted with new equipment.

This is the first time Jaguar has plonked a four-cylinder engine into one of its sports cars. And not just any sports car – the glorious F-Type that until now has only boasted V6 and V8 soundtracks.

With the Lamborghini Urus, the Italian exotic car maker has dropped a colossally powerful engine into a 4x4 to create an offroad family vehicle that can beat almost anything in its path.

First Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 ever made to be auctioned in May

The current record figure paid last year for a Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 is £114,750. This one is set to smash that fee. It's because this is chassis 001 - the prototype test car for the 499 Ford produced from 1987. Take a closer look at a car described as the 'Holy Grail' of all fast Fords.

The 1967 Mini 850 Deluxe has had just a single owner on the logbook, covered fewer than 705 miles a year on average, and barely turned a wheel for the best part of four decades.

There are some Ferraris so rare - and expensive - that you're unlikely to come across them in your lifetime. Five fitting this description will be sold at the same Monaco auction next month.

Ten iconic British cars that won't need an MOT from 2018

Own a classic British car and panic each time you book it in for an MOT in fear it could cost you a small fortune in repairs? New rules confirmed by the Department for Transport last week say any car over 40 years old will not have to endure a roadworthiness examination. That means any car built before 1978 will be MOT exempt from May 2018. Here are 10 iconic British cars that fall into the 18-year window created by the rule change.

Described as 'the most important DB4GT Zagatos in history', the car once driven by legendary British driver Jim Clark will be sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July.

The cars include a Lamborghini 400GT first owned by Paul McCartney and a Ferrari Dino from Nick Mason's collection. A Lamborghini Rod Stewart bought as a present for himself is also on sale.

Should the winning bidder recommission this early example of a 4.2-litre E-Type Fixed Head Coupe back to its original state it could be worth up to £128,000 - three times what they paid for it.

Forget the DB11 and Vantage - this is probably the most heavenly Aston Martin produced in the last two years. And these are the first images of the DB4 GT the British marque has revived.

Ten tips for cheaper car insurance

One in three motorists pay over the odds for their car insurance - and the worst thing you can do is simply renew. We reveal ten tips to get the cheapest car insurance deal and show you the places to go to compare car cover and potentially save hundreds of pounds.




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