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A black box in every car will ensure the polluter pays

A new £10 emissions levy on pre-2005 cars in London is only months from launch, but such is the danger to health posed by air pollution that a far more stringent tax is already in development. Under a ‘polluter pays’ approach, local authorities will require that internal combustion engine vehicles be fitted with a black box to track their movements and…

The ghoulish car stickers designed to frighten other drivers

Award winning comprehensive Breakdown Cover from just £39 Our policy covers cars, vans and motorcycles. Get your quote It’s a dog-eat-dog world on the roads today; the automotive arms race that sees motorists choosing ever-larger and aggressive-looking cars has left drivers in China turning to horrifying lengths to gain one-upmanship. Drivers have flocked to buy reflective ghost face decals for…

The decarbonisation of transport

Governments should set ever-stricter emissions limits for lorries and cars, and increase taxes on petrol and diesel so that the internal combustion engine is phased out, according to a 10-year German-led project to find practical ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Renewbility project concluded that a combination of greater efficiency and renewable energy can see an almost total decarbonisation…

Electric cars will leave oil industry stranded

Incumbent technologies are prone to underestimate the threat posed by smaller, disruptive alternatives. Europe’s five major utilities lost £85 bn in the five years to 2013 because they did not prepare for an 8 per cent increase in renewables. A 10% loss of market share was enough to cause the collapse of the coal mining industry in America. The same…

Supersized crash test dummies as average driver gets fatter

Faced with a generation of fatter and older drivers, engineers in America are building supersized crash test dummies. The current design of crash test dummy dates from the early 1970s and was modelled on the weight of a man on the 50th percentile. Since then, the average driver has become notably older and heavier. The new supersized crash test dummy has…