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The Environment Agency has issued a set of severe flood warnings, the highest category

Paper car tax disc could be axed

The Government is considering scrapping the vehicle excise duty car tax disc in favour of an online version.

The clips shown in the documentary come from YouTube, where cyclists with helmet cameras post footage to shame errant drivers

Cyclists hit out at depiction of the war on Britain’s roads in BBC documentary

A prime-time documentary that promises to deal with cycle safety couldn’t come at a better time. Weeks after Bradley Wiggins’ bruising encounter with a van, the number of cyclist deaths in Britain this year hovers at a record 112.

A scarlet, convertible Fiat Barchetta

In the Red: Just hire a set of wheels if you want to see Naples and die

When you hire a car, the representative of Avis or Hertz hands you a sheet, on which is a drawing of a generic jalopy. You then perform a forensic examination of the car and mark any, well, marks on the drawing.

Cycling chases: Hang on to your helmet

In the age of Bradley Wiggins and Sir Chris Hoy, car chases are old hat. Matilda Battersby raises a cheer for movies that peddle their excitement on two wheels

Traffic levels drop by 1% during spring

Traffic levels on the roads fell this spring, with the wet weather and high petrol prices possible factors.

Mercedes-Benz A250 Engineered by AMG

Just how far has Mercedes' latest moved on from its stubby forebears?

Shrien and Anni Dewani at their wedding

Man denies Anni Dewani murder cash claim

A man accused of helping British newlywed Shrien Dewani to orchestrate the murder of his bride on their honeymoon in Cape Town claimed he did not receive any payment for his role in her death, a court has heard.

Radical SR3 SL

It's legal to drive the Radical SR3 on British roads. But should you?

Serious crash closes stretch of M6

A stretch of the M6 motorway has been closed after a serious collision, police said.

Moon craft explodes during trial

A small Nasa lander vehicle being tested for missions to the Moon and beyond has crashed and burned after veering off course during a trial run at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Cyclist killed by official Games bus on road near Olympic Park

A cyclist died last night after being knocked down by what police described as an "Olympic bus" on the border of the Games site.

Album: The Welcome Wagon Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices Asthmatic Kitty bbb

Presbyterian pastor Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique's second outing as The Welcome Wagon opens strongly, but ultimately falls prey to the pitfalls of modern country gospelling.

'Missing OAP' found dead on Ashford road

A man found dead in the road during the early hours of the morning is believed to be a missing pensioner.

Footballer Fabrice Muamba carries the torch in Tower Hamlets

Kevin Garside: Never mind the torch's tawdry side, feel the exuberance

The Way I See It: There is something in all this madness that appeals to our noble side

Don't let expensive ATM and mobile phone charges spoil your holiday

Keep a watch out for expensive travel tricks

Make sure you’re aware of holiday horrors before you head off for the sun, advises Simon Read.

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Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
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