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Why have UK registrations fallen?

Why have UK registrations fallen?

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The UK’s new car market is struggling, with sales down last year, and a further drop already forecast for 2018. March saw the 12th consecutive month of decline, and since then the market has fluctuated, with sales up in April and May, but down in June. With 2015 and 2016 record years for sales, why is the market struggling now? The first thing to remember is that despite what the mainstream press states, the market is not really ‘struggling’. Last year, over 2.5 million vehicles were sold in the UK, compared to 2.69 million in 2016. A drop of around 200,000 vehicles cannot really be called a crisis, especially as 2016 was a record year, with the highest sales figures ever recorded. It is a case that over time, sales figures will ebb and flow. Yet in this instance, there are a few fac
Smart motorways – a danger to the roads?

Smart motorways – a danger to the roads?

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All Torque's Phil Curry looks at how new plans for extra lanes on UK motorways could prove dangerous to drivers... Smart motorways are slowly creeping up on British drivers, as transport executives look to ways to increase road capacity with as little cost as possible. Gone are the days of adding new lanes to the country’s congested motorways. Many will remember the odd lane being put either side of stretches of the M25, or the huge project to upgrade the M1 between junctions 6 and 10, which saw two lanes added each side. In fact, the M1 project saw the problem with this philosophy, with a large number of bridges over the road needing to be demolished, and junctions upgraded, to cope with the new widths. Therefore, the cheaper solution is to remove the hard shoulder from the motor
A day in the pit lane…

A day in the pit lane…

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Imagine having to fix a car in 20 minutes, knowing that the driver, the team around you and thousands of people outside are depending on the work you do just to make sure the vehicle leaves the garage. This is the task faced by the mechanics in the pit lane at races all over the world. They can truly be called mechanics as they are the guys in the thick of it. There is no diagnosing an errant MIL light, while any telematics adjustments are left to the data team at the back of the pits. (more…)
Cheaper off the motorway

Cheaper off the motorway

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It’s happened to us all – driving on the motorway when the fuel light comes on. The dread that fills you, as realisation breaks that the only fuel station will be at a motorway services, and the price you’ll pay is higher than anything local… (more…)