A report published by the Science and Technology Committee said the Government should bring forward the proposed ban on new cars and vans with conventional engines, but also prohibit the sale of hybrid vehicles at the same time. And it went on to warn ministers that if they are serious about significantly reducing emissions, personal car ownership is 'not compatible' with meeting clean-air targets. AA president Edmund King said the report was 'giving up on emerging science and technology', like the rapid development of electric cars.
The white trailer comes into view on the top of the screen as it careers along the motorway on the border of Surrey and Kent. It continues to zigzag across the carriageway as all other drivers come to a near standstill. It caused delays of around 40 minutes. Highways England have recently launched a 'check it before towing it' campaign in an attempt to prevent these situations.
Going for gold: Supremely rare McLaren F1 with an engine bay bathed in precious metal sells for a record $19.8M at auction
This limited edition 1994 F1 with a gold-plated engine bay that was one of just two to be upgraded to LM (Le Mans) spec has become the most expensive McLaren ever sold at auction and the third priciest British-built motor of all time. The precious metal helps to dissipate the heat that's generated by the 6.1-litre engine, therefore improving performance over prolonged periods.
Ford Mustang used in driving scenes of 1968 action thriller Bullitt starring Steve McQueen to be sold at auction and could eclipse a record of $2.2million
Having been concealed from the limelight for 40 years by the family that owned it - including turning down an offer from the car from the King of Cool himself - the Mustang will be sold at an auction in Kissimmee, Florida, in January 2020. For years, enthusiasts and historians widely believed that the film car, which is one of just two, had been destroyed. The iconic car has been kept in the same family for 40 years and it has since emerged that McQueen attempted to purchase the car from then-keeper Robert Kiernan in 1977 but was rebuffed.
Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe close to deal to build new Projekt Grenadier 4x4 in a factory located next to Ford UK's Bridgend plant
The Welsh Government says talks with Ineos about building the car in Wales are 'very advanced', raising hopes that hundreds of jobs could be created.Ineos Automotive, which was set up to manage the 4x4 venture - dubbed 'Projekt Grenadier' - last week reported a €51 million (£46 million) loss for its first 11 months. This was thanks to €41.4 million of research and development costs and administrative expenses of €8.8 million. In its accounts, the firm said its new car would be a 'rugged, reliable and uncompromising 4x4 offroad vehicle'.
According to Mark Sait (pictured right), ceo of SaveMoneyCutCarbon, if UK electric car sales rise at the same rate as they have across the rest of Europe, if UK electric car sales rise at the same rate as they have across the rest of Europe, it could result in blackouts and the grid crashing due to insufficient power supplies, similar to those experienced last week resulting in travel mayhem and leaving one million homes without electricity. He warned: 'A rapid upsurge in hybrid and full electric vehicles could create real concerns.'
France chases down British drivers: 76% of foreign police requests for UK drivers' details for motoring offences come from the French
18 different countries have utilised a new agreement that allows them to chase Britons for fine payments, issuing 325,145 requests for individual's details in that time. Some 246,138 were by French police, accounting for 76% of the total enquiries made by foreign authorities between February and June this year.
Banger Britain: Areas with the highest number of prosecutions for motorists caught at the wheel of lethal cars with bald tyres and dodgy brakes
More than 40,000 motorists have been prosecuted for driving cars in the UK that are deemed too dangerous for the road in the last four years, a new study has revealed. Irresponsible car owners have been caught at the wheel of vehicles with dodgy brakes, bald tyres, defective steering and other dangerous issues that render them unsafe for use - and were issued fines of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for knowingly driving motors with problems.
Think tank calls for decade-long fuel duty freeze to end and rewards for those who snitch on drivers leaving engines idling to tackle air pollution
Conservative group Bright Blue said the fuel duty freeze that's been in place since 2010 - keeping the tax on unleaded and diesel fuel at 57.95p - should be abolished by ministers, and taxation on diesel needs to be higher than petrol. The report also said that VAT on electric cars should be removed, urban speed limits reduced from 30mph to 20mph and increased fines for motorists who leave engines idling - and a portion of the penalty paid to those who report it. Campaign group FairFuelUK blasted the 'ill-informed' report.
Government funding for on-street electric car charging is to be doubled, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced
Charging an electric car must be as easy as plugging in a smartphone in order to persuade motorists to buy one, the Transport Secretary said. Grant Shapps - who will be getting his own electric car from Tesla this week - has doubled Government funding for on-street electric charge points. The extra £2.5million will allow the installation of more than 1,000 additional charge points on residential roads.
A (no) sound investment: The electric cars that will retain their value best, according to depreciation experts
It's hard enough trying to predict how rapidly a normal car will depreciate, but estimating the loss of value of an electric vehicle is a whole other ball game. As battery technology advances and manufacturers launch newer models with longer ranges, more performance and shorter charging times, the electric cars of today could soon be considered old hat in a relatively short period of time. So it's important to buy one that will hold value. These are the top 12 on sale now that are likely to depreciate slowest. Included in the countdown is the (from top left to right) Renault Zoe, Smart EQ Forfour, Hyundai Ioniq, Nissan Leaf, Jaguar I-Pace, VW e-Golf.
A not-so-mini milestone: Oxford plant builds the TEN MILLIONTH Mini just weeks ahead of the iconic car's 60th anniversary
The 10 millionth Mini (inset left) was built on July 24, the brand confirmed today. To mark the achievement, the car maker invited owners of 60 Minis - one from each year of production since 1959 - to celebrate (main). Daily output at Plant Oxford has grown from around 300 cars a day in 2001 to around 1,000 today to cope with demand, with 4,500 staff at the factory churning out a new Mini every 67 seconds on average. Production will also be boosted by the recent announcement that the new Mini Electric will also be made at the UK facility from November 2019. Assembly of the Mini returned to Oxford in 2001 after production was shifted to Longbridge, Birmingham (inset right), between 1968 and 2000.
AA chief warns government could have 'blood on its hands' over loss of hard shoulders - as it emerges 24 drivers hit stationary vehicles at the side of motorways every single week
Around 3,780 crashes in three years involved a motorist hitting a car on the hard shoulder, an investigation found, as more and more hard shoulders are removed to become a lane of traffic on 'smart motorways'. The AA demanded a policy rethink warning a fatal collision 'will happen', but Highways England said 'all lane running' roads reduced casualty rates by more than a quarter.
£1MILLION supercar wipe-out: Terrifying moment 'boy racer' wrecks luxury vehicles including one woman's McLaren, Porsche AND Bentley
EXCLUSIVE: The driver of an Audi Q7 4x4 lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a row of 11 luxury supercars in Moore Street, Chelsea - but has not yet been arrested because of his injuries.
Is this the flying car of the future? Prototype hovers ten feet above the ground for one minute in unveiling by Japanese electronics giant NEC
Japanese electronics maker NEC has unveiled its 'flying car' - a large drone-like machine with four propellers which could be available by the 2030s. The test flight saw it hover steadily for about a minute ten feet above the ground inside a gigantic cage designed to protect onlookers watching at an NEC facility in a Tokyo suburb. The preparations such as the repeated checks on the machine and warnings to reporters to wear helmets took up more time than the two brief demonstrations.
There are more than 100,000 drivers in Britain over 90 - we reveal the postcodes with highest numbers of elderly motorists
Following the Duke of Edinburgh's shunt outside the Royal's Sandringham home earlier this year at the ripe age of 97, there have been growing concerns for the number of elderly motorists who retain driving licences in Britain. Key worries are failing eyesight, slower reaction times and conditions such as dementia, with police and safety campaigners fearing that many pensioners are simply not fit to be behind the wheel. Despite this, DVLA records show that there are 113,500 licence holders in the UK over 90 - and more than 300 are over a century old. Birmingham came out on top with 2,869 drivers who exceed 90 years - and of these eight were over 100. These motorists account for just 0.2% of the 1.4m licence holders in the area. Find out how many people over nine decades old are still on the road in your postcode.
Motorists have voted a motorway service station overlooking the Severn Bridge as the WORST in the country - and the M6 Toll's Norton Canes is the best to visit
The Severn View site on the M48 in Gloucestershire (pictured left) run by Moto had a satisfaction rating of 72 per cent in a poll. The second lowest ranked was Burtonwood on the M62 in Cheshire followed by Cullompton on the M5 in Devon and Frankley southbound on the M5 in Worcestershire. The survey by watchdog Transport Focus ranked Norton Canes on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire (inset left) as the best services for the second year running with approval rates of 99 per cent. Nearly 12,000 customers were asked about subjects such as hygiene, food and value for money at 111 services in England between February and April. Rankings for all 111 services have been revealed.
Shocking moment car flips over and spins on roof then crashes into ditch (as radio plays 'I'm spinning around in circles' by Calum Scott)
Dash cam footage shows the black car coming towards an oncoming vehicle in Warlingham, Surrey, before smashing into trees at the side of the road. The impact sends it hurtling towards the other car, spinning several times before narrowly dodging a second crash and falling into a ditch on the other side. The driver of the other car says he was four seconds away from being hit - while the words 'I'm spinning around in circles' from the Calum Scott song plays on the stereo.
Barn find of the year? Completely original 1969 Lamborghini Miura is expected to sell for £1MILLION at a London auction in October
Described as a 'time capsule' example of the legendary Lambo, it has been preserved in unrestored condition boasting the original paint, trim and mechanical parts it left the factory with. With just two owners from new, it has been kept in a barn for the last four years. The odometer reads just 29,020 kilometres - which is a mere 18,032 miles. On average, that works out at the car being driven 360 miles each of the 50 years since it was made. RM Sotheby's says it should fetch between £800,000 and £1million when it goes under the hammer.
Speed limiters would cut road deaths by 20% to spark first major decline in casualty rates for a decade - and experts say they are cheap and easy to install
A new report hints that the installation of Intelligent Speed Assistance technology would be fairly straightforward, with experts claiming they are simple and cheap for car makers to fit. That's because many modern cars on sale today already have the hardware fitted for systems such as Lane Assistance and cameras that can read traffic signs.
Pick-up trucks are more popular than ever in Britain - here are the best and worst models you can buy in 2019
Pick up trucks are synonymous with the US and the Australian outback, but more Britons buy them today than any other time on record. Here's a countdown from worst to best models on sale in the UK right now. This includes (clockwise from top left) the Ssangyong Musso, Ford Ranger, Mercedes-Benz X-Class and VW Amarok.
Supercar-market sweep: Once in a lifetime job pays £30,000 a-year (plus commission) to hunt abandoned Ferraris and Lamborghinis in Dubai
A UK firm is recruiting for a 'supercar scout' in Dubai - someone who can track down abandoned luxury vehicles as one of the most incredible full-time positions we've ever seen advertised. North London company HushHush says it will pay one lucky candidate a £30k basic salary plus commission for every deserted supercar that's acquired and sold, on top of full living and travel expenses - and applications are currently open.
The cars most likely to fail an MOT: Is yours among the motors with the worst record for flunking at the first attempt?
MOT results sourced from the Driver and Vehicle Standard Agency (DVSA) for 2017 has been used to list the 10 models in each vehicle category - from city cars to large SUVs - that had the highest and lowest pass rates. Among the models topping their classes are the (clockwise from top left) Vauxhall Tigra, Fiat Stilo, Jeep Patriot and Renault Clio.
No-Deal Brexit could see supply of new electric cars turn to a 'trickle' as vehicle makers will prioritise EU markets
If Britain leaves the European Union without an agreement, Transport & Environment warned that manufacturers would prioritise other markets as part of efforts to hit strict air pollution targets set for 2021. As a result, deliveries of the latest electric cars to British motorists would slow to a 'trickle' as other nations received the bulk of the newest vehicles with extended ranges and lower prices.
It's got supercar performance, limo luxury and could be yours for a little over £6,000: Cash Cars on the future classic Jaguar XJR
Buy a car near the bottom of its depreciation curve and while you may find yourself forking out for repairs you won't lose thousands in value. That can spell interesting motoring that costs you less and is the theory behind our Cash Cars series. In this column, Tony Middlehurst reckons Jaguar's supercharged luxe-express might not be the unreliable money-pit you think it is - and a smasher could be yours from about £6,000.
Honda's fast, cheap and reliable sports car from a golden age of engineering: Cash Cars on why the S2000 has future classic potential
The Honda S2000 is a fast and capable roadster from a golden age of old-school engineering. It gives you 0-60mph in six seconds, a 150mph top speed, classic rear-wheel drive, great handling, 50/50 weight distribution and a cool driving environment. Buy a good one now for under £10,000 and it should hold its value and reward you with many miles of high-revving fun, says Tony Middlehurst in our Cash Cars column.
Do you know your speed cameras? Test your knowledge on the 15 different types currently used in Britain
Do you know your Gatso from your HADECS? Can you tell which are fixed smart motorways cameras and average speed monitors? Take our quiz and find out which UK cameras you need to look out for on the road. Pictured right to left, TOP: Digital Gatso, HADECS3, Siemens SafeZone, SPECS. BOTTOM: SpeedSpike, Truvelo D-Cam, Truvelo Combi, VECTOR.
Lightyears ahead: Dutch firm releases a £134,000 SOLAR car that is claimed to be able to do 12,400 miles a year using energy from the sun
Lightyear One can be charged directly from the sun thanks to the 5 square metres of solar cells on its roof and bonnet. This generates a maximum of 20,000km (12,400m) worth of free energy per year. With Department for Transport calculating that the average motorist covers 7,134 miles annually, it means Britons could drive all-year-round for free - granted the sun comes out for long enough to charge the One's battery. First deliveries of 500 examples will arrive in 2021. Customers can place a £106k deposit today to secure one of the vehicles, which can also boost its battery pack by plugging into conventional electric car chargers and electricity supplies.
Britain has a net zero emissions target for 2050, but what are the best electric cars to buy NOW? Real-world ranges of the latest vehicles revealed
There are some big discrepancies between the 'official' and real-world ranges, and there's a staggering 202-mile differences in the ranges of the best and worst new electric cars you can buy in showrooms today, according to figures from What Car?'s Real Range test. Here are 14 models you can buy in showrooms right now, and how far you can rely on them to travel between charges. The list includes (clockwise from top left) Audi's e-tron, Hyundai's Kona, Nissan's Leaf and Jaguar's I-Pace.
The celebration of the best mundane motors: Take a look round the Festival of the Unexceptional - the classic car show for drab heroes of days gone by
The Festival of the Unexceptional celebrates some of the blandest, ugliest and underwhelming vehicles from history that have - for one reason or another - been lovingly kept by owners. Last weekend, thousands of ordinary-car enthusiasts came together at Claydon House in Buckinghamshire to admire a range of models most of us would probably ignore. However, look at the photos from Saturday's event and you're bound to come across something that will jog the memory. Pictured clockwise from top left: Citroen BX Estate, Austin Metro, Rover 200 and Vauxhall Cavalier.
Keep on running! The 10 most reliable used cars with more than 60,000 miles on the clock (and models to avoid)
For those on a tight budget, a new car will be out of the question. However, these models should offer good reliability even when they've been heavily used by a previous owner. The list includes used versions of (from top left) Kia's Cee'd, Ford's Fiesta, Skoda's Octavia, Toyota's RAV4, BMW's 3 Series and Honda's Civic.
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