News The MP Louise Ellman branded the use of parking fines to raise revenue unacceptable and illegal

Councils across England have been accused of implementing “an unacceptable mass ticketing culture” after the release of figures showing that car parking charges have generated £600m of surplus profit in the past year.

22% of drivers fail to wear seatbelts

As many as 22% of motorists fail to wear seatbelts all the time, a survey today shows.

End of the line: Something fishy about booby-trapped bikes

I got an eyebrow-raising press release today from, also known as the Environmental Transport Association (ETA), which sells bike insurance, among other things (like car insurance).

Warning to parents on car insurance 'fronting'

Many parents are inadvertently committing insurance fraud by putting their children on their own motor policies, it was warned today.

Mother left in car park by couple on ferry trip

A couple alerted police at one of Britain's busiest ports after accidentally leaving their elderly mother behind in a car park at Dover while taking a ferry trip to France.

Radio 4 to air Morecambe and Wise recordings found in garage

An unheard treasure trove of vintage recordings by comedy greats Morecambe and Wise is to be aired for the first time by Radio 4, it was announced today.

Protecting a no-claims bonus could cost more than it's worth

Anyone paying for a "protected" no-claims bonus for their car insurance could be wasting their money. According to the comparison site there are "staggering inconsistencies" in the charges insurers impose on drivers to protect their NCB.

Beginner's guide to... Car breakdown cover

It's a busy time of year and lots of people are driving even more than normal as they do their Christmas shopping. But what do you do if your car breaks down?

6 tips to drive down car insurance costs

If you're concerned about rising car insurance costs, here are six ways you can help reduce the price of your premiums without cutting back on cover.

Four held over car park murder

Police investigating the brutal murder of a man found dead in a car park seven months ago arrested four men today.

Doorstep killing may be gang related

A father of two was shot dead on the doorstep of his home in Oldham, Greater Manchester, on Friday night. Police are treating the incident as a gang-related attack.

Anger over increased station parking charges

Rail companies were today accused of increasing station car parking charges by up to 50 per cent to offset January's small cut in rail fares.

Beginner's Guide To: Car insurance

September is always a busy month for car insurance renewals, as the new car registration plates hit the forecourts. Yet millions of drivers will pay more than they need to for insurance because they stick with the same provider. According to, this costs people an average of £9.4bn a year in unnecessary premiums.

Iggy Pop insurer builds home cover

Swiftcover, the online car insurance group that brought us the curious sight of rocker Iggy Pop advertising insurance, is to branch out into home insurance in the next year.

Wheel-clampers face cap on release fees

Wheel-clamping companies and car parks will face new limits on the penalties they can charge under government plans to drive rogue operators out of business.

Hertz withdraws from Israeli airline deal

Free car rental offered to customers who show 'solidarity' with Gaza action
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