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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…

Vauxhall recall more Zafiras due to fires

Remember when Vauxhall recalled a load of Zafiras because they were catching fire? Well, there's going to be another one, after a Facebook group put pressure on the car-manufacturer. There's allegations of a cover-up from Vauxhall, and MPs may be hitting them with a £50 million bill over the whole thing. Vauxhall recalled all 234,938…

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Kia sat-nav maps still out of date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 Well, they've got a satnav that is out-of-date by three years, and updates from the company are not exactly forthcoming, despite promises to the contrary from Kia.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…

NissanConnect EV app disabled thanks to security flaw

It is all very well having promises of a car that will charge your house up, but the Nissan Leaf has problems to sort out regarding safety first. If you have a Nissan LEAF or an eNV200 electric vehicle, the car-maker has pulled the NissanConnect EV app (the thing that used to be called CarWings) over…

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…

Brown and beige cars making a seventies revival

They say everything in fashion goes around in circles, and those of us who lived through Eighties’ fashion the first time are watching it again in stunned admiration. But it isn’t just clothes fashions of yesteryear that make a comeback, it seems. Car valuation firm CAP Automotive reckons that, platforms and bell bottoms aside, it…

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…