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Do you remember passing your driving test?

Do you remember passing your driving test? Forget the feeling of new-found independence or the relief at no longer having to fork out for lessons – do you remember how you drove during the test? You will have religiously checked your mirrors before signalling and manoeuvring. You will have kept both hands on the steering wheel. You will have driven…

Green number plates for clean cars

A forthcoming consultation will float the idea of recognising low-emission cars and vans by issuing them with special number plates. Low-emission cars may soon sport green-coloured number plates under new government plans to promote clean vehicles. It’s not yet clear which vehicles would be entitled to show the green plates. While green number plates will be positive PR for low-emission car…

Road rage driver runs down schoolgirl on pavement

A man in his twenties this week walked his 11-year-old sister to her first day at secondary school. Along with millions of others that morning, he had to run the gauntlet of pavement parkers, rat runners and impatient motorists. If you’ve ever spoken to a driver about the standard of their motoring, you may be unsurprised by what happened next.…

Roadside eye test for drivers could see licence revoked immediately

Drivers with poor eyesight this month face having their licences revoked on the spot if they are unable to read a number plate from a distance of 20 metres. The crackdown by police forces in Thames Valley, Hampshire and the West Midlands and results will be used to estimate the proportion of drivers with poor vision. At present, learner drivers…

Roads weren’t built for cars

In 1887 Karl Kron published Thousand Miles on a Bicycle thanks to book pledges made by fellow cyclists as he pedalled his penny farthing around America. In 2013, Carlton Reid used crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund the writing of Roads Were Not Built For Cars – a fascinating account of how cyclists were the first to push for good roads and became…