MOTORING NEWS AND GUIDES

HO TO FIND OUT WHO OWNS A CAR THAT CRASHED INTO ME?

Here we look at requirements around the international driving permit (IDP) and insurance green cards for UK motorists planning to drive in France and Spain in 2020 and beyond. Read here...

WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO DRIVE IN FRANCE OR SPAIN? 

Here we look at requirements around the international driving permit (IDP) and insurance green cards for UK motorists planning to drive in France and Spain in 2020 and beyond. Read here...

WILL I GET A SPEEDING TICKET AFTER THE FLASH?

Have you been flashed by a speed camera and left wondering 'will I get a speeding ticket', 'what will the fine be depending on speed' and 'how many points on my licence will it bring'?. Read here...

DRIVING ABROAD WITH EXTENDED LICENCE

Photocard licence extended?

Many drivers will still have an extended driving licence, but are they okay for those who want to drive while abroad? We have the low down on the facts right here. Read here...

SPOT REAL OR FAKE UNDERCOVER POLICE CARS ON UK ROADS

Is the car behind you a real unmarked police car or a fake undercover vehicle being driven by criminals or crooks? Here's how to spot if the unmarked police car  is real or fake 2020. Read here...

WILL I GET A SPEED AWARENESS COURSE INSTEAD OF POINTS?    

If you've been caught speeding, you might be offered a speed awareness course. Here's how much they cost, who will and won't be get the chance to take one - and if you'll get points. Read here...   

CAN I HIRE A CAR IN THE NEW JANUARY COVID LOCKDOWN?

Hire a car in the new Covid-19 lockdown

While travel is severely curtailed, you can still hire a car in the January lockdown of the UK as Covid-19 continues to spread across the country. Here is the information you need. Read here...

INSTANT CODE TO REVEAL  HOW OLD YOUR CAR TYRES ARE  

Checking the age of your car tyres is essential for safety - and there's a tyre age code to make finding this out simple. Find out how to check your car tyre age in seconds right here. Read here...   

HOW TO CHECK YOUR LICENCE FOR PENALTY POINTS

Are you unsure of how many penalty points you have on your licence or just want to make sure it is correct? Here's how to check your record. Read here...    

NEW BOX JUNCTION FINES COMING FROM 1 JUNE

Research shows 8 out of 10 drivers struggle with box junctions, and from 1 June local authorities will be able to fine drivers who stop in them. Read here...    

CODES AND CATEGORIES ON LICENCES EXPLAINED

Knowing what the codes and categories on your driving licence mean could save you from being fined - and open up new vehicle use as rules change. Read here...    

HOW MUCH TO LEARN TO DRIVE AN ELECTRIC CAR?

We look at how much it could cost to learn to drive an electric car and if it costs more than passing your test in a conventionally powered car. Read here...    

WHAT YOUR DRIVING LICENCE NUMBER MEANS?

If you think your driving licence number is ja random set of characters, you are wrong. We reveal what this number reveals and why you shouldn't share it. Read here...    

DO I NEED TO TELL THE DVLA ABOUT WEARING GLASSES?

Have you just been told you need to wear glasses or contact lenses - or even had laser surgery to lose them? Find out if you need to tell the DVLA. Read here...    

TOUGH NEW MOBILE PHONE LAWS FOR DRIVERS

We reveal the tough new mobile phone laws for drivers that come into force from 25 March - with added restrictions to close previous loopholes. Read here...    

Can I get fined for owning or driving an untaxed car?

Many of us have left the car in the garage now we are working from home a lot more - but do we still need to pay road tax for the motors we own. Read here...    

Will I have to pay the Bristol Clean Air Zone charge in 2022?

More cities are bringing in charges for older cars and Bristol is ready to go from summer 2022 - here are the charges and fines that you need. Read here...    

HOW TO SAVE FUEL WHILE DRIVING AS PRICE ROCKETS?

With the conflict in Ukraine pushing up fuel prices to record highs, how can we cut the amount of fuel we use while driving our vehicles? Tips here. Read here...    

HOW MUCH IS THE DRIVING TEST 'GOING UP' IN 2022?

Along with huge queues for slots, learner drivers could be hit by a price hike for their driving tests in 2022. We have the proposed price jumps. Read here...    

HOW DO I REPORT A SMOKY BUS, COACH OR LORRY?

Have you seen a bus, coach or HGV belching out fumes? Here is the central place to report it and help to clean up the roads. Read here...    

HOW TO REPORT A CAR THAT IS UNTAXED AND DUMPED?

No one wants to see a dumped car on their road, but there are ways you can deal with this issues through the law. Find out what you can do here. Read here...    

CAN I DRIVE A CAMPER VAN ON A UK CAR LICENCE?

With many choosing to stay at home for holidays due to high costs, camper vans are a popular option - but can you drive them on your car licence? Read here...    

HOW TO GET A REFUND ON MY UNUSED CAR TAX?

If you need to sell a car or take it off the road for any reason, you will want to get a refund on any unused car tax - and here is how yo can get it. Read here...    

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR PARENT CHILD PARKING BAYS?

How old is the age limit, can I be fined for using one without kids? We answer your questions about rules covering parent and child parking bays. Read here...    

HOW CAN I CHECK IF MY ROAD TAX IS STILL VALID NOW?

With the pandemic leaving many of us abandoning our cars for months of working from home, we now need to check the tax as we return to the office. Read here...    

HOW DO YOU CHARGE AN EV IF YOU LIVE IN A FLAT?

Not everyone has a private drive, and many live in flats - so how will they be expected to charge their EV as sales of new diesel and petrol cars end in 2030. Read here...    

WHY IS RED DIESEL BEING BANNED ON 1 APRIL 2022?

Red diesel is currently used by many industries from farmers to builders, but all that will change from 1 April 2022. Find out what it means to you. Read here...    

CAN I BE FINED IF THE CAR PARK MACHINE IS BROKEN?

We've all had this problem, but how do we stand? Should we park with confidence or are we leaving ourselves open to getting a fine for doing so? Read here...    

HOW DO I RENEW MY DRIVING LICENCE AT 70 YEARS OLD?

When anyone reaches 70 years of age in the UK, they will need to renew their driving licence to remain on the road. Here's how to do it. Read here...    

DO I NEED TO PAY THE OXFORD ZEZ AT WEEKENDS?

The Oxford Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) is now live and will cost some drivers up to £20 a day to drive in the city - but will you need to pay it at weekends? Read here...    

CAN A MOTORWAY TRAFFIC OFFICER GIVE ME A TICKET?

Highways England Traffic Officers look like police but can these vital workers give tickets for the likes of using a mobile phone while driving? Read here...    

WHY ARE PEOPLE FILLING CAR TYRES WITH NITROGEN?

If you want to find out more about this motoring trend then we have all the details you need to know about nitrogen being used to inflate car tyres. Read here...    

ARE DRIVING TESTS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID?

There is already a huge backlog of driving tests waiting to be taken - with waits of up to six months. Will the new restrictions make this worse? Read here...    

WHAT IS THE CONTACT NUMBER FOR THE DVLA?

With huge delays at the DVLA - caused by Covid working from home and industrial action - many people are looking to find a way to contact the agency. Read here...    

WHAT TO DO AFTER THE OWNER OF A CAR DIES

It is often a stressful time when a family member or loved one passes away, but this guide will help ease the pressure when it come to their car. Read here...    

SOMEONE HAS REGISTERED A CAR IN MY NAME. HELP!

Have you been getting parking tickets that are nothing to do with you? Someone may have registered a car you don't own in your name. Here's what to do. Read here...    

FIND OUT WHO OWNS A CAR IF SOMEONE HITS YOU  

Has your car or property been damaged by a vehicle that drove off without swapping details?  Here is how you can find out who owns the car and hopefully get the issue resolved. Read here...    

DO I PAY ULEZ & CONGESTION CHARGE  ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

With Christmas approaching many people will be arranging trips to London, but will they need to pay the Congestion Charge and ULEZ if driving Read here...    

HOW MUCH IS THE TAMAR BRIDGE TOLL?

If you are heading from Devon to Cornwall or vice versa, you may cross the Tamar Bridge. Here is the information on how much the tolls are. Read here...    

LONDON CONGESTION CHARGE NEW HOURS REVEALED

Anyone who drives in London will need to read this, as the operating hours and other aspects of the London Congestion Charge are changing. Read here...    

CAN I VAPE IN A CAR WHERE A CHILD IS PRESENT?

We all know that smoking tobacco-related products is banned in cars with kids - but what about when an occupant wants to vape with an e-cigarette. Read here...    

HOW FAR CAN I DRIVE ON A SPACE SAVER SPARE WHEEL?

Most cars now come with a space saver spare wheel - which are smaller than standard wheels. Find out the rules the apply when using one after suffering a puncture while driving. Read here...    

HOW MUCH IS ROAD TAX GOING UP FOR 2022/23?

More bad news for hard-pressed households as road tax is going up on 1 April 2022 - but how much more will drivers need to pay to keep their car on the road? We have the details. Read here...    

HOW CAN I CONTACT THE DVSA ABOUT A DRIVING TEST?

Getting hold of a government agency is never easy, but with huge driving test backlogs, here is how to contact the DVSA about your test. Read here...    

WILL I GET A SIX-MONTH MOT EXTENSION FOR MY CAR?  

If your MOT runs out during the Covid pandemic, you will not get an automatic extension. Here is what happens and what you will need to do if yours runs out in lockdown or tiers Read here...    

WHAT ARE THE BLACK DOTS ON MY CAR WINDSCREEN FOR?

Have you noticed the black strip and dots running around the edge of your car's windscreen? It turns out this happens to be a vital safety feature that your car really can't do without. Read here...

WHY DO SOME CARS HAVE A GREEN NUMBER PLATE?

Have been driving behind a car with a green number plate? Not sure what it means? We have all the information you need right here. Read here...

ARE MY SUNGLASSES LEGAL FOR DRIVING? FIND OUT THE FACTS RIGHT HERE 

Are you risking a £2,500 fine by driving in dangerous sunglasses? Find out how to check the legality of your fave shades here. Read here...

WILL I NEED A VE103 FORM TO TAKE A LEASE OR HIRE CAR TO COUNTRIES IN EUROPE? 

If you are planning to take a leased or hired car to mainland Europe, it is likely that you will need a special certificate. Read here...

M25 ALTERNATIVE ROUTES BETWEEN JUNCTIONS TO BEAT JAMS  

Heading onto the M25 for your commute to work or to fly from one of the nearby airports? Here are the alternative routes and diversions between junctions. Read here...

M1 ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AND DIVERSIONS TO BEAT JAMS   

Don't get stuck on the M1 motorway - simply use our guide to alternative routes and diversions between junctions to ensure you can keep moving at all times. Read here...    

M6 MOTORWAY ALTERNATIVE ROUTES AND DIVERSIONS   

Running from Junction 19 of the M1, the M6 makes up one of the busiest routes from the Midlands and London to Manchester, Liverpool and beyond – beat the jams here. Read here....  

A303 ALTERNATIVE ROUTES FOR DRIVERS TO THE WEST COUNTRY      

Planning to use the A303 towards Devon and Cornwall? Here we look at alternative routes to avoid traffic jams, congestion and closures to keep your trip on track. Read here...    

REVEALED - THE 10 SECRET PARKING OFFENCES YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT   

It’s clear that parking on double yellows and zig-zags by crossings is likely to attract a penalty – but there are many less obvious offences ready to dent your finances. . Read here...    

DO I NEED TO PAY THE DARTFORD CROSSING ON WEEKENDS AND EVENINGS?

Forgetting to pay the Dartford Crossing could land drivers with a big - but do they need to pay for crossings at weekends and evenings? Read here...    

WHAT HAPPENS IF I BREAK DOWN ON THE MOTORWAY? WHO DO I CALL?

No one wants to think about breaking down on the motorway - but being prepared could save a lot of worry and expense. Details here. Read here...    

POST-BREXIT TRAVEL NEWS AND GUIDES

WILL I NEED 6MONTHS ON MY PASSPORT?

Do you need 6 months on your passport to visit France or Spain now that lockdown has eased and Brexit has been done? Read on to find out the latet news. 

CHANGED...  DO I NEED A NEW PASSPORT? 

With the Brexit transition period ending on December 31, travellers will need to ask 'what documents do I need to drive in France and Spain from Jan 1 2021'.

People at busy airport

AUTISM HELP AT UK AIRPORTS UNCOVERED 

With international travel opening up again as the pandemic appears to be easing, we take a timely look at the assistance offered to those affected by autism at UK airports.

WHAT DO  NOISES ON A PLANE MEAN?

Fear of flying can be made worse by the noises that planes make - leaving nervous passengers worrying if the sounds are normal or something more sinister.

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WHO CAN SIGN MY PASSPORT PHOTO?

Who can sign a passport photo for me, my children or a baby is an essential question to help avoid delays obtaining a new or renewed document as we approach January 21.

I'VE AN SSSS CODE ON MY BOARDING PASS 

Travelling by air - then take a look at your boarding pass and hope you don’t find SSSS on it. Here’s what it means and why it could mean problems.      

WHERE CAN I GET FREE AIRPORT DROP OFF

Airport drop off charges are not always clear - and could leave some drivers bills of £20+. Make sure you don't get caught out with this guide al all UK airports.      

Airlines carrying defibrillators

WHAT AIRLINES CARRY DEFIBRILLATORS?

Flying from the UK with a heart condition? We look at the airlines that carry a defibrillator that could save lives should the worst happen in mid-flight and hours from hospital.  

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