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DVSA bans tester for MOT fraud

Investigations found him to have issued passes for nine vehicles which had never been in the workshop An MOT tester who claimed to have tested...

Shell replaces Fulham petrol and diesel pumps with ultra-rapid charge points

Garage features nine ultra-rapid 175kW charge points which can charge most vehicles from 0-80 per cent within 10 minutes Shell has replaced all of its...

Volvo is first to launch direct integration with Google Assistant-enabled devices

Owners can directly talk to Google in their car and remotely control a variety of vehicle systems Volvo Cars will be the first car maker...

Firefighters tackle blaze at Birmingham garage

Six fire engines, a brigade response vehicle and a hydraulic aerial platform were sent to the scene Thirty-five firefighters have been tackling a large blaze...

Petrol retailers refusing to pass on wholesale price savings, RAC reports

Drivers are being overcharged by £5M a day for petrol, RAC data suggests Despite wholesale prices meriting big cuts at the pumps the average price...

UK motorists predicted to buy over 330,000 new electric vehicles in 2022

Half of new registrations will EVs by 2025, experts say At least 330,000 new battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will be registered in the UK in...

Record EV sales in 2021 show future direction

Plug-in vehicles account for more than one in six registrations while battery electric cars alone rise to one-in-nine 2021 new car registrations grew by a...

Honda glitch resets clocks to 2002

Fix for UK owners yet to be confirmed but US cars will automatically fix in August 2022 Honda owners are experiencing a bizarre problem with...

IGA donates £20,000 to Ben

Donation is a thank you from IGA members, chief executives says The Independent Garage Association (IGA) has made a donation of £20,000 to automotive charity Ben on...

UK needs to move away from private vehicle ownership, DfT says

Shared mobility must become “the norm” say ministers as they outlined support for a system “fit for the future” Shared mobility must become “the norm”...

Nissan celebrates 35 years of Sunderland production with custom-built electric Bluebird build

Bluebird extensively modified to integrate Nissan Leaf electric drivetrain Celebrating 35 years of production at the Sunderland plant, Nissan has commissioned a very special conversion...

Majority of motorists “not interested” in shared mobility

Result come days after DfT said UK needs to move away from private vehicle ownership More than 60 per cent of drivers aren’t interested in...

Workshop fined £28K after employees suffered serious burns in explosion

Two employees were using brake cleaning fluid to clean the grease from pit walls when it became engulfed in flames A Birmingham garage business has...

Volkswagen Group creates European company for its battery business

Volkswagen to make Salzgitter into its European battery hub Volkswagen stablished a European company to consolidate its battery activities from processing raw materials to developing...

Some 18 million cars expected to hit the roads this Christmas

23 December and Christmas Eve the busiest days for travel as pre-pandemic levels return The AA is predicting pre-pandemic levels of traffic over the Christmas...

Battery EV uptake doubles but new car market remains well adrift of pre-pandemic levels

Plug-in cars represented 28.1 per cent of new car market in November New car registrations grew by 1.7 per cent in November, bringing an end...

GW Podcast: No more doom and gloom for independents

Garage Wire gets access all areas as industry experts deliver technical training, business seminars and vehicle demonstrations at Autoinform Live 2021 Wolverhampton recently hosted AutoInform...

IAAF urges aftermarket to “gear up” for a new automotive era

Virtual conference advises businesses on how to futureproof operations The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has urged the industry to gear up for change in...

Motorway breakdowns: Majority of motorists would wait in dangerous place, survey finds

Just 41 per cent would wait in the safest place – behind the safety barrier and away from danger Three fifths (59 per cent) of...

GSF Car Parts Opens New Branches In Bournemouth And Warrington

Branch expansion continues NATIONAL motor factor GSF Car Parts has opened two new branches in Bournemouth and Warrington this week. The move is part of the...

RAC records worst third quarter for pothole breakdowns in 15 years

Number of broken suspension springs, distorted wheels and damaged shock absorbers continue to rise as a result of UK's pothole problem, RAC suggests July to...

Aston Martin Bulldog hits three amazing milestones in just over a week

Concept car driven at speed for first time in over 40 years The Aston Martin Bulldog supercar, which is being restored by Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth,...

Car makers given new marketing guidelines for driverless vehicle technology

Manufacturers will need to differentiate between 'automated' and 'assisted' systems The automotive industry has committed to a new set of “guiding principles” for the marketing...

Consultation on plans to ban vehicle ‘tampering’ closes

Government proposes "new offences for tampering with a system, part or component of a vehicle intended or adapted to be used on a road" A...

New homes in England to have EV chargers by law

New-build supermarkets, workplaces and buildings undergoing major renovations will also require chargers under new law New homes and buildings in England will be required by...

Less than a fifth of new cars have traditional handbrakes

Decline of manual handbrake is accelerating, with proportion falling from 30 per cent in 2019 and 24 per cent in 2020 More than eight in...

Half of large vans and third of light commercial vehicles fail their MOT

Average repair cost is £143, leaving van drivers with a collective bill of £193 million to get back on the road UK van drivers face...

NDC is the first to receive new GSF Car Parts signage

A major national rebrand begins Following news last week of The Parts Alliance rebranding to GSF Car Parts, a major exercise in replacing existing signage is now...

Mercedes-Benz recalls EQC over steering failure concerns

Water ingress could cause steering assist to spontaneously fail, carmaker says Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall notice for more than 19,000 models of its EQC...

Suspended jail term for garage owner’s illegal waste operation

“Wilful refusal” to clear waste made custody the only option, owner told at Magistrates A Norfolk garage owner has received a suspended prison sentence for...