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Will London ban diesel cars too?

London may ban diesel cars

With pollution high in the capital, and diesel fumes so damaging, The Telegraph reports experts predict London may follow Paris’ lead and ban the cars from London’s roads within the decade.

Campaigners warn of “serious health damage” in the capital, from the fuels fumes which contain tiny particles and nitrogen oxides which have been increasingly proven to be seriously damaging to health.

France, which has the highest number of diesel cars on the road, will ban the cars as Anne Hidalgo, the Parisian Mayor pledged “an end to diesel in Paris in 2020″.

Boris Johnson plans to raise the congestion charge for diesel cars by £10 in a move to cut air pollution. The change would mean diesel drivers could have to pay a total of £20 to get into Central London.

Stephen Joseph, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “I think the motor industry is wholly unprepared for the way in which the science is turning against diesels. It is showing different and serious health damage which is a really serious problem.”

In Britain, about 29,000 premature deaths a year are thought to be caused by air pollution and people living in London, Birmingham and Leeds will be exposed to dangerous air pollution from engine fumes until the 2030s unless stricter rules are imposed, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

women drivers

1 in 5 women ‘not comfortable’ to get car repairs done Many women drivers are not able to care for their cars properly because they don’t know how to choose a garage or technician they can trust according to IMI research. A quarter of women drivers admit to never having their car serviced by a professional mechanic. [...]

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Summer time

Top ten Summer ‘hates’ for UK drivers The AA, with Populus research of 23,000 people, have revealed drivers’ top ten Summer driving hates. Litterers who throw rubbish out of their car windows top the list for 34% of drivers. Slow-moving caravans came second with one in six (15%) drivers getting hot under the collar about them. Groups [...]

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You wont increase the value of your car

Main dealer labour rates 44.9% higher than independents Motorists can save nearly £30 an hour by going independent, according to Warranty Direct’s annual labour rates study. Overall, the UK’s average labour rate, for main dealer and non-franchised workshops combined, stands at £74.33 with independents, including fast-fits and chains, averaging £63.56 an hour in 2014, whilst main dealers [...]

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The road to ruin

More pothole shockers as claims rise by up to 750% Councils in the areas worst hit by the winter storms are now facing a different kind of flood with a rising swell of automotive compensation claims according to campaign website Potholes.co.uk. In deluged Somerset claims spiked to 204 in January / February from just 24 in [...]

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Block exemption continued

IAAF calls on trade to highlight bad VM warranty practices The IAAF is calling on members to get in touch when vehicle manufacturers and their dealers are wrongly informing motorists of their rights under block exemption regulations following a number of incidents. The most recent concerned car maker Audi when GROUPAUTO’s Autocare Garage network manager, Maria McCullough, [...]

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Block exemption

IAAF win Audi dealer challenge on warranty rejection An Audi A3 owner had been shocked to be told by his VAG dealer Liverpool Audi that a timing belt problem would not be covered by the warranty because of the fitment of “a non-Audi oil filter”. The point was passed to the IAAF by GROUPAUTO Autocare Garage network [...]

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keeping calm

Top 10 hated road habits shows a change at the top Talking or texting behind the wheel is not only illegal, it’s now the nation’s most hated driving habit according to new research . Tailgating, previously the number one most hated habit among motorists when the study was last conducted in 2010, now takes second place, cited [...]

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Have a nice weekend

Six top holiday motoring tips for the Easter break Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger of Road safety charity the IAM offers this advice on preparing for a trip away over the Easter break. Check that all of your lights are working, that your tyres have enough tread, and that their pressures are correctTry to carry as [...]

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Internet booking

Service & repair customers going digital A recent survey of 2,000 motorists by GForces shows aftersales customers are continuing to go digital. Now, under a third of motorists under 24 will book a service or repair without checking a garages website first, though 57% of those aged over 55 will. Of those questioned, 62% said they preferred to [...]

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