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Police have described a motorcycle speeding at over 160mph on country roads as "absolute madness". Video of the speeding bike, captured by a companion, shows the man travelling at more than four times the local speed limit before colliding with two other vehicles – which resulted in his death. Devon and Cornwall Police released the video as a warning to motorcyclists of the dangers of travelling at such high speeds.
March saw the biggest monthly rise in car sales since records began, as 17-plate motor registrations grew by 8.4 per cent. The surge in sales was put down to increased demand for electric and low-emission cars. SMMT chief exec Mike Hawes said: “These record figures are undoubtedly boosted by consumers reacting to new road tax changes, pulling forward purchases into March.” After April 1, only pure electric cars qualify as tax free, which has prompted interest in the car type.
A new £20 'toxin tax' on diesel cars could affect motorists in 35 towns and cities across England, according to new reports. The new measures may also involve restricting those with diesel cars. More details are expected to be revealed officially next week by the environment secretary, Andrea Leadsom. It is believed that the new rules will affect both private and commercial vehicles.
The London Taxi Company's new factory has been opened in the West Midlands, the first car plant to be set up in the UK in more than 10 years. The Coventry facility will manufacture electric London cabs alongside small electric vans. The government is setting aside £64m to incentivise cab drivers to switch to the greener taxis, as well as to fund extra charge points.
Italian Volt's Lacama is an electric motorbike with a number of differences, all dreamed up to help the Italian start-up muscle in on the growing market for electric motorcycles. Choice is the watchword here. Buyers can customise any one of 12 bodywork parts, meaning they can create a roadster, a scrambler, a café racer, or a machine with several of these characteristics. The Milan-based company, which only set up shop last year, has also focussed heavily on fast-charging.
When the Department for Transport announced in 2013 that middle lane hoggers could be prosecuted by police, many UK motorists supported it. The practice is viewed dimly on these shores. But by September 2016 it was revealed – through a freedom of information request – that only 135 drivers had been given the £100 spot fines for hogging the middle lane.