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Halfords to train autocentre mechanics in electric car maintenance

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Halfords plans to train one mechanic at each of its 300 centres in electric and hybrid maintenance Halfords is backing the electric car boom by having specially trained mechanics at its autocentres. The company announced plans to train one mechanic at each of its 300 centres in electric and hybrid maintenance. Stefan Warhaftig, commercial director […]

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Three new motoring laws introduced in March that you need to know about

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As of March 1st 2017, the government has introduced a trio of new motoring laws which every motorist in the UK should be aware of in order to stay on the right side of the law. Included among these are tougher new regulations regarding the use of mobile phones in cars, along with new legal […]

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Thousands of UK motorists facing £27m in fines for this small mistake on their car

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Data obtained by Confused.com under the Freedom of Information Act revealed one in four failed MOTs were because of a deficient tyre, with baldness being the most common reason for rejection. That same problem also accounted for 9,000 drivers receiving a combined total of 32,000 penalty points last year alone. Driving with a bald tyre […]

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Hordes of motorists already caught out by new law on using phone while driving

A taxi driver holding a mobile phone whilst driving on the A34 near Didcot in Oxfordshire (Picture: PA) Motorists have already been caught flouting new laws on phone usage behind the wheel – on the very day they came into force. Scores of drivers using phones have been handed penalties and fines doubled to six […]

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Hydrogen on the M25 brings Britain closer to zero-carbon motoring – we’re first to try the new pump

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The first hydrogen filling station has arrived on a mainstream motorway forecourt, but can the technology live up to the hype? CREDIT: ANDREW CROWLEY It seems like a no-brainer. An internal combustion engine burns dwindling reserves of fossil fuels to propel a car forwards in a cloud of poisonous smoke. A fuel cell, on the […]

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Safety scheme hailed as crash tests show advances in car design over 20 years

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Two family cars have been crash tested to mark the 20th anniversary of a European safety scheme. A 1997 Rover 100 and a 2017 Honda Jazz were put through a head-on collision at 40mph to demonstrate the advances in safety since the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) was launched in February 1997. The cars […]

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Cyber security one of safe bets for tech sector growth in 2017

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Smart cars and major improvements around in-car software will start to impact in 2017 THERE were a few notable growth points in tech last year. Wearable technology grew – though not as significantly as forecast at the start of the year. FitBit, Garmin and Samsung have continued to expand but there were some casualties, including […]

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Pre-Christmas new car splurge sees registrations in Northern Ireland hit nine-year high

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New car sales figures in Northern Ireland have hit a nine-year high according to the SMMT A LATE acceleration in pre-Christmas sales has led to new car registrations in Northern Ireland hitting their highest total in nearly a decade. Some 2,049 cars were registered in Northern Ireland in December, taking the total sales for the […]

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INFINITI arrives in Northern Ireland

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INFINITI recently opened its first-ever retail store in Northern Ireland. The center in Belfast began business operations in November, opening up a new era for INFINITI with the full European product range available to customers in Northern Ireland. The opening of this new center demonstrates the continuous growth of the brand in the UK and […]

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Top five automotive scandals in 2016

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Representative image The year 2016 saw many scandals in the automotive industry. Here are the top five incidents that marred the industry. Takata”s faulty airbag scandal Takata Corp “is a specialized supplier of automotive safety systems”, but its reputation has been under a cloud. Due to a variety of factors, Takata’s airbag inflators can inflate […]

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