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Robot that gets you out of parking tickets

Months old, a robot that helps you fight parking ticket fines has already been used thousands of times, successfully disputing 160,000 fines. And you may not have heard of it, and you clearly need to. Imagine it as your virtual lawyer, who will help you when you've got a ticket. It is called DoNotPay, and…

UK to get digital driving licence?

Ever wanted a digital version of your driving licence? Well, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in the UK is looking at exactly that, so you can have a smartphone version of your licence. Chief executive Oliver Morley shared a tweet, which showed off a prototype, which uses Apple's Wallet app on an iPhone. He…

How To... dispute a fine from the Dartford Crossing

Many drivers have referred to the Dartford Crossing as an absolute shambles, and a number of motorists have been fined for using the crossing when they've not even used it. It seems that the problems stem from licence plates being misread by the automated camera systems which are in place. Worse still, is that some…

Kia sat-nav maps still out of date

Swathes of drivers are frustrated with their Kia vehicles that come with in-built satellite navigation systems. Why? Well, they've got a satnav that is out-of-date by three years, and updates from the company are not exactly forthcoming, despite promises to the contrary from Kia. Customers have been getting in touch with the company, asking when…

Tesla recalling 90,000 cars over seatbelt problem

Tesla are recalling all 90,000 of its Model S sedan cars worldwide, so they can check for a defect in the cars' front seatbelts. The company say that the cost of this is "immaterial". There are some cars in the UK, but most of the vehicles are in America, with some in Asia, and the rest…

Are Vauxhall cars catching fire?

Apparently, there's a problem with Vauxhall vehicles setting on fire. We're aware that the car in the picture to the right isn't a Vauxhall, but it is on fire. Anyway, the car manufacturer is looking at recalling some of its Zafira models. It seems there might be a problem with the dashboard, which is causing them…

Segway/swegway boards - illegal on the roads and pavements

Sweg boards, or self balancing scooters, or segways, or any number of other names as no-one can seem to agree on what they're called, are all set to be a smash this Christmas. Now, there's been a problem with the off-board chargers (which you should know about), but there's also a problem of them being…

Halfords Autocentre fined £47,000 after uncover investigation

An undercover operation found that a Halfords Autocentre failed to fix 11 out of 20 defects that had been deliberately left by Trading Standards. The watchdog sent an illegal Vauxhall Astra with broken and missing light bulbs, irregular tyre pressures, oil leaks and faulty windscreen wipers to the centre in Filton, Bristol. The car was…

Driving Licences go paperless from next week- how do you hire a car now?

Ideas of paperless driving licences have been floating around for some time, with the days of the paper counterpart being numbered. From next Monday, the counterpart will disappear completely and has been replaced by the DVLAs new View your Licence service. This online log-in  based system allows you to view your driving record, eg vehicles…

DVLA kills off paper section of the UK driving licence

Wave goodbye to the paper bit of your two-part driving licence if you live in the UK. That's because it is going to be replaced by a brand new online system from June 8th this year, according to the DVLA. Of course, the DVLA are really great at holding everyone's details, as we saw with…

Parking ticket data breach for tens of thousands

A database full of around 10,000 people's parking ticket details isn't as secure as previously thought as somehow, it has ended up being published online. According to Sky News, the company called PaymyPCN.net, which has collected penalty charges for two decades has a direct link to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) database, which means…

What to do if the DVLA have lost your letter

Back in 2010, we wrote about the problems with the DVLA (where do you start, right?) and how, if you send them a letter and they lose it, they'll blame you. Their off-road notification system was described back then as “a shambles" and “legally unenforceable" and in “administrative chaos", and it looks like nothing much…

Big cars + small parking spaces = £500m of bumps and scrapes

You know how cars are getting bigger and wider? And the bigger the car, the more likely it’ll be driven by someone with no spatial awareness, possibly playing Fruit Ninja on their phone while Bluetoothing their mum? Well, add that to the charmingly outmoded small spaces in UK car parks, and you’ve got yourself some…

The curse of the killer flip flops

Many things cause car crashes – stupidity, texting, not paying attention, - but it would appear that the worst offender of all is…flip flops. Yes, not only are flip flops are vile, but they've been proved to reduce braking times, and could be responsible for over 1.4 million accidents in the UK alone. In a…

Woman's £80k Bentley wrecked by a fake valet

In a triumph for minimum wage Walter White-esque jet sprayers everywhere, some over privileged woman’s Bentley got a valet car wash and ended up looking like this. Oops. Jessica Sawyer, from Bramhall, Cheshire, was distraught when the £80,000 Bentley GTC her mum bought for her for her 30th birthday was totalled after she put it…