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UK government delays ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans to 2035: what’s behind the change?

The ban on the sale of new internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and vans from 2030 has been scrapped, the Prime Minister has announced. In what he described as “a new approach to achieving net zero”, Rishi Sunak said that it would be pushed back by five years to 2035. He explained that the Government …

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London in the top five UK cities for learner drivers

The best cities for learner drivers have been ranked in a new study – with Manchester named the top spot for those looking for driving lessons, whilst London ranked fifth. Researchers at A-Plan Insurance analysed over 125 thousand nationwide reviews left for driving instructors and schools in major cities, and assigned each a score out …

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Undeclared car modifications responsible for highest number of rejected insurance claims

Undeclared car modifications are the primary cause of disallowed car insurance claims in the UK, according to new research by Forbes Advisor. This comes after research revealed that £47 million worth of claims were rejected in the second half of 2021. The price comparison and financial guidance website found that a sixth of drivers who …

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Confusion and frustration: UK motorists struggle to navigate inner-city clean air zones

Inner-city clean air zones, such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), are making motorists feel ‘suffocated’ due to the fact that they are struggling to understand the rules, according to a new study.  The Euro emission standard for their own car is unknown to more than one in five drivers, despite compliance in most …

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Electric cars soar in ownership over last three years

Electric vehicles have become increasingly popular on UK roads, with charging stations being built in supermarket car parks and schemes available to add a charging port to your home. Insurance experts at A-plan Insurance have analysed data from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency showing the number of privately owned cars and what fuel they …

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Study reveals the FOUR UK cities offering FREE parking for residents

Residential parking permits are seen as a way of managing parking and pollution in the most populated UK towns and cities. But where are residents being charged the highest premiums to park? There are many costs to consider when you own a car, from parking permits to insurance and car finance options. Moneybarn analysed parking …

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Motor insurance: £47 million worth of claims rejected

New research by Go.Compare Car Insurance has revealed that over £47 million worth of motor insurance claims were unsuccessful during the second half of 2021. Using Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) data, the insurance comparison site calculated that more than 14,000 motor insurance claims were rejected between July and December of 2021, equating to millions in …

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High purchase cost and battery life mean almost half of car owners say they won’t make the switch to EVs

As the UK nears its 2030 deadline to stop the sale of petrol and diesel cars, new research reveals that 43% of Brits say they won’t consider switching to an EV when they purchase their next vehicle. This is particularly true of older generations with this figure rising to 53% among Gen X and Baby …

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