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Driverless cars and the equitable, safe and slow roads of the future

It’s always risky putting too much faith in technology, but the prospect of driverless cars becoming the ultimate traffic calming measure is hard to resist. Motorists are teased with visions of driverless cars as luxurious and relaxing private retreats clever enough to take over menial tasks, but ready to relinquish control at a moment’s notice. However, the reality of networked…

The electric car that’s cheaper to buy than a scooter

GM has launched an electric city car that costs £3,829, which is less than it costs to buy a 125cc Vespa scooter. With both France and Britain planning a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars, the question on many a driver’s lips is how I afford an expensive electric vehicle. The cheapest Nissan Leaf costs £26,680…

Air pollution policy shambles sees speed humps removed

The shambles that is the British government’s policy on air pollution has taken a surreal twist as it transpires councils in England will be funded to tear up speed bumps on the basis they cause pollution as drivers accelerate between them. In a perfect example of political dis-jointed thinking, it seems likely that fewer traffic humps will increase vehicle speed,…

Helicopter hotel lands in Britain

They have a reputation as being noisy, environmentally damaging and the preserve of the super-rich, but holidaying by helicopter needn’t be any of those things. A resourceful family from Thornhill, Stirling have transformed a former Royal Navy Sea King helicopter into a remarkable holiday home that sleeps a family of five (2 adults and 3 children) with a double and a triple…

British government to ban new petrol and diesel cars

The British government has bowed to legal pressure and announced  a ban on all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040. However, in 23 years most cars will be electric or hybrid anyway. Not only is the government’s pledge to eventually ban the cars that are powered solely by an internal combustion engine rather meaningless, the fact they…