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VED rates 2020 penalise new large cars

A change in the way that emissions are calculated means that drivers who buy larger petrol or diesel vehicles from new will be hit with a higher initial car tax payment. In a bid to increase take-up of electric vehicles, some drivers could be hit with an increase on more than £1,000 on their first year’s payment of vehicle excise…

Pollution levels plummet to lowest in 20 years following Covid-19 restrictions

London’s polluted air has improved so dramatically since Covid-19 restrictions on travel that the machines used to measure toxicity have flagged the anomalous readings as a possible fault. Road traffic and building works have slowed dramatically over the last two weeks. As a result, levels of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and particulates have fallen to their lowest since records began…

Grow a bamboo bicycle

Michael Gove said last week that visiting an allotment seemed a perfectly sensible thing to do given the current restrictions. He won’t have had in mind, but people have taken to growing their own bicycles. Bicycles built from bamboo are nothing new. However,  despite the fact they offer a sustainable and practical alternative to steel it’s a method of construction…

Help, I’m new to cycling: Back to bicycle basics

Cycling is a simple pleasure – a bike can be acquired for next to nothing and you don’t require a licence or any specialist equipment. However, whatever type of cyclist you are, it pays to know the basics. We’ve spoken to countless newbies over the last few years as part of our Back on a Bike project. How to avoid…

Solar-powered battery charger for cars standing idle (or cyclists on the go)

The fact millions of cars across Britain are currently sitting idle is great for the environment,  but not so good for the cars themselves as batteries may begin to lose their charge. Solar-powered battery chargers are inexpensive and easy to use. Simply place one on your dashboard and plug into your 12v socket. Be aware that running your car’s engine…