News Archives - Driving

Get your tanks off our lawn – how cars are getting heavier

The BBC this week trumpeted news that not a single occupant of the Volvo XC90 SUV has been killed since 2012. Other than the article reading like a puff piece for the Swedish car maker, it overlooks entirely the question of how many many other road users have perished in crashes involving the two-ton vehicle. If car driver and occupants is the…

Sweden to experience life-size Scalextric on electric roads

Sweden aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. In order to reduce the emissions from road transport, which currently account for 30 per cent of the country’s total, engineers are developing electric roads that bear a resemblance to life-size Scalextric. eRoadArlanda is the first electrified road to allow both commercial and passenger traffic to be recharged while driving. The system…

10,000 reasons British road traffic law is wasting police time

As police struggle to carry out their duties in the face of budget cuts, British road traffic law is making their job harder still. Over 10,000 drivers continue to drive legally despite having accrued more than 12 penalty points. Every day, careless and dangerous drivers are stopped by the police and prosecuted by the CPS, but then treated so leniently…

What official cars say about attitudes to air pollution

Two thirds of Scottish Government ministerial cars are diesel it emerged this week following an investigation by The Scotsman. Under plans to reduce the air pollution that is estimated to cost the lives of over 40,000 people around Britain every year, the dirtiest vehicles are to be banned from city centres in Scotland by 2020. It is disappointing that two…

Intelligent Speed Assistance – we’d be stupid to ignore it

An Army officer caught doing 130mph in his Aston Martin this week received little more than a slap on the wrist after arguing he needed his driving licence in order to complete an army tour of the Falklands. James Golding was lucky. Not only did the magistrate go soft, but more importantly, his driving at almost twice the limit did…