28 January 2022

  • Dramatic decline in Blue Badge enforcement

    The latest Blue Badge statistics released from the Department for Transport (DfT) show a 49% decrease in prosecutions for fraud and misuse of the scheme. Only 698 prosecutions took place between 1st April 2020 and 31st March 2021, compared with the previous year’s figure of 1,429 prosecutions.

    The number of Blue Badge holders has also decreased by 3.8% with a total of 2.35million Blue Badge holders in England on 31st March 2021, that is 92,000 fewer Blue Badge holders. Between 1 April 2020 and 31st March 2021 only 824,000 Blue Badges were issued by local authorities, this is 142,000 fewer than the previous year and a fall of 14.7%.

    The fall in prosecutions and

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  • Northern Ireland MOT Backlog Continues

    MOT centres across Northern Ireland are continuing to suffer from backlogs because testing has been suspended several times in the past two years. Drivers are continuing to face significantly long waits when they are trying to book their MOT and many MOT certificates have expired during this time. The Department for Infrastructure states that it does not currently hold information on the waiting times for tests “given that this position changes on a regular basis.” However, when BBC News NI logged on to the booking system last Friday, it was discovered that most drivers are facing a three-month delay.

    Due to the high demand for MOT services drivers are advised to book

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  • Leeds Train Station Improvements

    Leeds train station has benefited from improvements made possible by a £161 million investment. The improvements made include new tracks, longer platforms, and improved service reliability. This announcement follows the publication of the Integrated Rail Plan. This is a £96 billion investment aimed at improving rail journeys across the North and the Midlands. Rail Minister, Wendy Morton commented: “Leeds station is a major hub right at the heart of the North, not only a gateway to one of the UK’s most vibrant and lively cities but a vital transport link enabling people from all over the country to travel for work, pleasure and connect with friends and family.

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  • Parking Enforcement Officers Want Parking Fines to Increase

    Parking Enforcement Operators have sparked anger by proposing that parking fines be increased to £120. The British Parking Association (BPA) is calling for the increase. However, the government is proposing to lower the fine to £50. The BPA raised the concern that this would make drivers more likely to flout the law. Furthermore, the £50 fine would be reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days. The BPA is again concerned that this would encourage some drivers to simply pay the fine and not worry about breaking parking rules. The BPA’s Chief Executive, Andrew Pester said: “We are calling on the Government to reconsider its proposal to reduce the level of

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  • Rollout of Smart Motorways Put on Hold

    The government has announced that the introduction of new smart motorways will cease until five years of safety data becomes available. The Department for Transport (DfT) has recently invested £900 million to improve the safety of existing All Lane Running (ALR) smart motorways. Despite the current data showing that smart motorways are comparatively the safest roads in the country in terms of fatality rates, the government will go further in making sure that motorways without a permanent hard shoulder are equipped with the “best in-class technology and resources” to make them as safe as they can possibly be. This includes an investment of £390 million to be used

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  • Euro NCAP Announces Safest Cars of 2021

    The vehicle safety testing body, Euro NCAP has announced its safest cars of 2021. Euro NCAP tested 33 new cars last year. Of the cars tested an impressive 22 of them achieved the highest 5-star rating. However, some models received no stars at all.  

    Euro NCAP only awards best-in-class titles to models which receive a 5-star rating and at least three cars must have been tested in a given category for a best-in-class title to be awarded. The Skoda Fabia was awarded this accolade in the small family car class. For the small MPV class it was the Toyota Yaris Cross which came out on top, while the latest edition of the Volkswagen Caddy came in second place. Electric vehicles

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  • Petrol Prices Too High Says RAC

    The RAC has accused fuel retailers of charging motorists too much for their petrol and not reflecting wholesale price cuts. The motoring organisation stated that the price of petrol has fallen by 2p per litre at the pumps, but it should have been reduced by 12p. The RAC estimated that motorists were overcharged by £5 million each day in December as retailers made an average of 16p per litre as opposed to the usual 6p. Gordon Balmer, Executive Director of the Petrol Retailer's Association said: “December's pump price data is less reliable because it is taken from fuel card transactions, and there have been far fewer of these transactions because of the reduction in business

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  • Make a New Year's Resolution to Keep your Car in Good Condition

    The car leasing experts at leaseelectriccar.co.uk are recommending that motorists make a New Year’s resolution to eradicate any poor driving habits and work to keep their cars in good condition. The company has shared a few tips to help motorists do this, including: 

    Keeping your car clean. Having a clean car inside and out will improve your happiness when driving. Learning to carry out basic car maintenance and make sure you are up to date with simple vehicle maintenance such as checking fluids. Taking a road trip to enjoy the thrill of driving. Staying calm and focused while driving. The firm is asking people to leave road range behind in 2022. Often taking a deep...
  • DMUK Christmas Office Closure

    The DMUK office will be closing from midday today for the festive period and we will reopen at 8am on 4th January 2022. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

  • Do Motorists Know When They are Over the Drink Drive Limit?

    Researchers from Cambridge University asked 90 people to drink beer or wine or both and judge the point at which they thought they had surpassed the drink-drive limit. Worryingly 53% of the participants believed they were still within the limit when they weren’t. With this in mind, the authors of the study are urging motorists to consider the amount of alcohol they have consumed rather than how they perceive themselves to feel. It is hoped that this will help people to make better judgments about when they are safe to drive. This message is particularly important during the festive period.