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 Ilovemybike.com, 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 Confused.com 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 moneysupermarket.com, 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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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?