A poll of 19,500 drivers by the AA found that more than half believe they can get away with dangerous driving because of a lack of police on the road. The AA president Edmund King described it as 'worrying' and called for more cops in cars. He said: 'What is clear is that camera enforcement is seen as an actual deterrent, but Big Brother can only do so much; we need more cops in cars.'
The £150,000 Land Rover: Iconic Defender is revived with a limited run of just 150 reborn classic 4x4s
Just when you thought it was gone forever, Land Rover’s classic Defender has bounced back from the dead with a collectors’ edition run of 150 reborn models starting at a hefty £150,000. Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic division is to fit 5.0 litre V8 engines to a selection of reincarnated, re-engineered and refurbished Defenders to produce ‘the most powerful and fastest ever created’, capable of accelerating from rest to 60mph in just 5.6 seconds.
Britain's speeding ticket hotspots revealed: More than 142,000 were issued in West Yorkshire last year (including a car clocked at 160MPH)
West Yorkshire police caught more drivers speeding last year than any other region that would reveal its figures, according to new research. Speed cameras and police officers caught almost 46 times as many drivers exceeding limits in West Yorks than the force issuing the least tickets - City of London constabulary.
Ford celebrates the 50th birthday of its most iconic film car with an anniversary edition of Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang
It's been 50 years since Detective Frank Bullitt chased mob hitmen through the streets of San Francisco in his Highland Green Ford Mustang, pictured inset left and right, and now you can re-enact the pursuit yourself in this anniversary edition remake, main picture. Ford unveiled the surprise limited-run Bullitt Mustang at the Detroit Motor Show this week to rapturous approval, though refused to say how many people will get to own the sought-after new model.
Back to black: White had been the most popular new-car colour for four years running - but there was a new favourite shade in 2017
After four years at the top of the charts, Britain's favourite new car colour is not white anymore having finally been replaced as the most selected tone for brand new motors purchased during 2017. Some 515,970 brand new black cars were registered last year, figures have revealed, with grey also climbing above white in the sales charts, at 500,714 and 482,099 cars, respectively.
Saved by a self driving car: The moment Lyft vehicle giving a Dailymail.com reporter a ride in Las Vegas avoids a crash as an oncoming car pulls out in front of it
At CES this week, Lyft and Aptiv offered free rides in their Pilot autonomous BMWs, and Dailymail.com got a firsthand look at the future of ride-sharing. In somewhat of a surprise, the roughly 20-minute drive along the Las Vegas strip was smooth from start to finish – even considering one nerve-wracking moment when the vehicle was cut off by another car, which our reporter said as a 'heart stopping moment - even though the car responded smoothly to get her out of danger. The rides were supervised by a backup safety driver, and a host to explain the entire experience.
Toyota teases radical 1,000 horsepower road car based on its endurance racer with number plate holders and indicators
It's a creation by Toyota's Gazoo Racing team - the one that spends millions of pounds a year to develop high-tech hybrid machines capable of circulating a track for a day in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance event - and is as close to the real thing as you'll ever get. Showcased today at the Tokyo Auto Salon motor show, the GR Super Sports Concept is unlikely to ever be made into a production model - but imagine nipping down to the shops in one if it was.
Revealed: The 13 best new cars of 2018 as voted for by expert reviewers - but which will be crowned Car of the Year?
All the cars listed are relative newcomers and have received glowing reports by those granted first access - making them the best in their class. Just one of them will be crowned Car of the Year 2018 next month. The vehicles range from sports cars, to SUVs and there are some surprise appearances in the hot hatch and performance car categories.
Rise of the electric car: Interactive UK map reveals the areas with the most charging points as drivers ditch diesel in favour of plugging-in to save the planet... and the purse-strings
With the market for dwindling diesel expected to slump by as much as 10 per cent this year, experts say more must be done to win Britons over the the electric revolution — and to sustain it. But new data shows many areas could be woefully unprepared for an expected tidal wave of electric and hybrid vehicles, despite a recent 'unprecedented demand' for them as consumers continue to forgo both diesel and petrol. Milton Keynes (top left), Westminster (left, centre) and Northumberland (bottom left) were the top three areas to have the most charging points. But Torfaen (top right), East Staffordshire (right, centre) and North Kestoven (bottom right) were among 53 local authority areas with no charging points whatsoever.
X-cellent for camping: Mercedes-Benz shows off its new X-Class luxury pick-up with a caravan conversion and slide-out kitchen
Could the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up truck be the do-it-all vehicle many of us have been waiting for? Mercedes has previewed a caravan extension kit, main picture, that sleeps four adults and a sliding kitchen unit, inset, for alfresco cooking that could turn the X-Class into the ultimate weekend getaway motor.
Forget the DB11 and Vantage - this is probably the most heavenly Aston Martin produced in the last two years. The model in question is the achingly beautiful DB4 GT, pictured, which was first created by the iconic British brand six decades ago and built in extremely limited numbers. And these are the first images of the DB4 GT the British marque has revived and will continue to build throughout 2018.
Taking the battle to Tesla: Fisker reveals its stunning Emotion electric car with 'butterfly' doors, a 400-mile range and vegan-friendly seats
The Fisker Emotion will offer cutting-edge EV technologies, most notably a 400-mile range, a top speed of 161mph and charging times in minutes. The long-awaited Tesla rival, with eye-catching looks and dramatic 'butterfly' doors, has a non-animal interior available for those who don’t want the premium leather interior of the show car.
Small but mighty! The incredible moment a Tesla Model X is able to tow a 35,000lb semi truck stuck in the snow up a hill
A truck driver who became stuck in the snow in North Carolina was rescued by a Tesla Model X which was able to pull him out.Though the Model X has an advertised towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, Tesla’s SUV manages to do just fine with a significantly heavier load. Although it is not clear how much the semi-truck weighs here, it is likely to be a minimum of 35,000 lbs. The Tesla's performance is a testament to the great traction electric vehicles with all-wheel drive can get on the snow.
First fall in new car sales in six years blamed on 17% decline in diesel as CO2 emissions show shock rise
Official figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed a 5.7 per cent drop in new car sales, as motorists shunned diesel in light of new tax surcharges. The torn reputation of diesel cars in recent months has pushed more buyers towards petrol models, with sales of unleaded-fuelled vehicles growing by 2.8 per cent.
Is the UK ready for electric cars? Just one public charge point was added for every SIX electric vehicles sold in 2017
Motoring title Auto Express said a total of 3,178 public connectors of varying charge speeds were installed in 2017 while more than 20,000 new plug-in vehicles were registered between January and the end of September. Which UK region has the most chargers per electric cars? Scotland, according to the stats.
McLaren's £750,000 Senna hypercar spotted being driven on the M25 by motorist NINE MONTHS before it's due to be delivered
While most super-exotic cars undergo top-secret testing at the Nurburgring in Germany, the British marque's preposterous 789bhp racer for the road has been pictured driving on the M25 near Woking. Just 500 of the high-performance cars will be made - the last of which was pre-sold at a charity auction for £2million - but the select few keepers won't have theirs delivered until October.
Ticket to ride: Monkey Bike owned by Beatles legend John Lennon tipped to sell for more than £30,000 at auction
The 1969 Honda Z50A was used by singer song-writer John Lennon, pictured on it left with son Julian, to get around his Tittenhurst Park estate in Berkshire between 1969 to 1971 before being sold for just £250. The same person who bought the bike 47 years ago said he had previously rejected an offer of £90,000 for the dinky motorbike.
Hardly any fines handed out to middle-lane hogging drivers, with new 'smart' motorways criticised for not catching them
Poor motorway lane etiquette - which is a major bugbear for motorists - is going unpunished despite middle-lane hogging qualifying as 'careless driving' and carrying a £100 penalty, according to a new report. Confused.com said that a mere 2,012 UK drivers - a fraction of the nation's 38 million licence holders - were handed fines for careless driving offences in 2016 despite a third of drivers admitting to dawdling in the middle lane.
Best car scrappage schemes in 2018: Which car brands are still offering discounts on new models when you trade in your old banger?
Take that Tesla! Morgan revives three-wheel racing car design from the 1930s for $45,000 electric vehicle
The Morgan EV3 is an all-electric three wheeler weighing less than 1,102 pounds. It uses a 20 KWH lithium battery, and will have a range of 120 miles and a top speed of 83 mph. Morgan says the design is based on '1930s aero-engine racing cars, classic motorcycles and 1950s fantasy automatons'. It initially built the car as a concept, but is now going to actually produce it with Frazer-Nash Energy Systems, with production set to start later this year. The firm says the cost will be 'comparable' to its $45,000 petrol three wheeler.
Lighting the way: Norway's auto-dimming street lamps get brighter only as traffic approaches and then return to 20% power - and will help reduce country's carbon footprint
Along a five-mile stretch of a highway near Hole, Norway, outside of Oslo, LED lights dim to 20 percent when no cars, bikes or pedestrians are in the area. When a car - or a cyclist or pedestrian for that matter - passes a radar sensor attached to the street lights, the lights turn to a full 100 per cent, allowing people to have full sight of what’s ahead of them. After the car passes, the lights return to 20 per cent to save energy when they’re not needed. The five-mile stretch of energy-saving lights saves 2,100 kWH per week, which would amount to approximately 21 hours of ironing, or four hours of watching TV on a plasma screen.
Super SUV triple test: These are the raciest 4x4s on sale today, but how do the Audi SQ5, Porsche Macan and new Range Rover Velar compare?
Here, we’re testing three models that boast a minimum of 300bhp, plus incisive handling whatever the road surface, while keeping intact all the luxury and practicality buyers know and love. Even the least powerful of the trio, the turbocharged Audi SQ5, has 349bhp from its 3.0-litre V6 engine; the Range Rover Velar P380’s supercharged V6 has 375bhp and the Porsche Macan Turbo delivers a whopping 434bhp in Performance Package guise. They’re expensive, particularly the latter two, but which is the most convincing?
The most in-demand cars of 2017: BMW 3 Series is top of the 10 most-searched models over the last 12 months
Auto Trader ranked models by the number of times drivers used the search function on its website to find new and used cars being advertised by owners and dealers. BMW's compact executive saloon took the outright victory by amassing no fewer than 40.2 million searches over the last 12 months, racking up the most searches for any diesel car in 2017.
Commonplace cars on the brink of extinction: The 1990s motors you or your parents would have owned that scrappage schemes are killing off
For instance, the first generation Ford Focus (bottom right) - a car launched in 1998 - is disappearing at a rate of 25 per cent a year. That means there won't be any Mk1 Focuses left by 2020. Here are 10 1990s favourites that are declining in numbers at the most alarming rates.Top left: Rover 400. Top right: Vauxhall Cavalier. Bottom left: Citroen Saxo.
A car built for the Führer: Hitler's 1939 armor-plated 'super Mercedes' that carried him past cheering Berlin crowds after victory in France then seized by the US Army in 1945 goes under the hammer
A Mercedez-Benz supercar built for Adolf Hitler will go up for auction in the US eight decades after it was parked in the tyrant's garage. The German 770 Grosser, which became known as the Super Mercedes, was used by the Führer during victory parades (main) such as the conquering of France (inset right), Greece and Yugoslavia and to entertain guests such as Italian fascist dictator Mussolini. Built with bulletproof glass and armor-plated side panels, Hitler personally ordered the 7.7liter beast - serial number 189744 (inset left) - which he took delivery of in July 1939 in Berlin. After the Nazis were obliterated, the US Army seized the vehicle in 1945 and was passed between tobacco tycoons, casino magnates and historians before finding itself under the hammer with Worldwide Auctioneers - Vintage Motorcar Specialists - on January 17 in Arizona.
Would you buy a used electric hybrid car? From the BMW i3, to the Golf GTE and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, here are ten of the best
If the government is to be believed, we'll all be driving electric cars by 2040. So why not start now, or at least start with a hybrid. They're coming on to the used market in increasing numbers, and some have taken a big hit in depreciation so there are some enticing used buys out there. Here we count down our top ten.
It's slower, cheaper and has fewer cylinders, but can Jaguar's nimble F-Type prove less really is more for sports cars? We test it
This is the first time Jaguar has plonked a four-cylinder engine into one of its sports cars. And not just any sports car - the glorious F-Type that until now has only boasted V6 and V8 soundtracks. That does mean its lighter, more nimble and cheaper. So the big question that needs answering is: when it comes to cylinders, is less really more? Rob Hull spent a week with the new 2.0-litre model to find out.
Demonising diesel could backfire as environment-damaging CO2 levels increase for the first time in 14 YEARS as more drivers buy petrol cars
Car manufacturers are already under pressure to meet an EU target of cutting average CO2 emissions across their ranges to 95g/km by 2021, but the recent demonisation of diesel has sparked concerns that these objectives won't be met in the UK, if manufacturers can't shift low-emissions diesel cars that comply with Euro6 standards.
Britain's motorists are the most resistant to driverless cars in Europe - while Italians are happiest to be ferried in autonomous vehicles
Just about every mainstream car maker currently looking to ramp-up driverless car development in preparation for the coming years, but they may find the British market the most difficult to crack when trying to tempt motorists to let go of the steering wheel for good, a poll of 11 European nations by Mazda has found.
You'd never get stranded in winter if you owned this: Kahn Design reveals its new SIX-WHEELED Land Rover Defender Flying Huntsman convertible
It's the latest creation by London-based Land Rover and Range Rover customiser Kahn Designs and it laughs in the face of ice, snow and just about everything you'd encounter on and off road. Called the Flying Huntsman 110 6x6 Double Cab Pickup Soft-Top, it takes an iconic Land Rover Defender, adds two more wheels and a folding fabric roof to create a go-anywhere offroader with six wheels and a six-figure asking price.
Congestion charge fines hiked to £160 in London from January 2, TfL reveals, and bus lane, yellow box and parking penalties will follow
McLaren's £750k Senna hypercar is a tribute to the Brazilian F1 legend with see-through doors - and only 500 will ever be made
The McLaren Senna has been named after the late three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna (inset) with some of the proceeds of its £750,000 price tag going to his charity to support underprivileged children. in his home nation, Brazil. It gets McLaren's own designed dihedral doors, though this time with an additional feature. If you're happy to pay extra for it, the British-based car maker will fit the lower parts of the door panels with glass inserts so you can see the apex of the corner. It should also help when trying not to kerb a wheel when parallel parking and squeezing through width restrictions in town.
Lamborghini reveals its ultimate 4x4: The 190mph Urus SUV that's more powerful than a McLaren F1 and will beat a Ferrari F40 in a sprint to 62mph
The Lamborghini Urus follows in the footsteps of the 1986 LM002, and the Italian exotic car maker has dropped a colossally powerful engine into a 4x4 to create an offroad family vehicle that will be able to blitz just about everything that comes into its path. Revealed in Italy today, the Urus uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine packing 641bhp and will cost £157,800 or $200,000 before tax.
Baby you can drive my car! Auction bidder takes up Sir Paul McCartney's offer by paying £1.3m for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 the ex-Beatle once owned
An anonymous bidder has paid £1,345,500 at auction for a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, once owned by the former Beatle, who bought it for £3,800 in the summer of 1964 and later by Chris Evans. Another vehicle affiliated with a member of the famed band was also sold at the same auction - a 1966 Mini Coopers S that was adapted to carry the drum kit of none other than Ringo Starr went under the hammer for £102,300.
Half a million cars will NOT need an MOT next year under new rules that will see 40 year-old vehicles exempt for the roadworthiness test
An additoinal 300,000 cars in Britain will no longer need an MOT test from next year under new rules that will see any model older than 40 years exempt from the annual roadworthiness check-up. Currently, only vehicles built or first registered before 1960 are exempt from the MOT test. It will mean around 1.5% of all cars used on the road today will not need to pass the mechanical examination - and many people are concerned about the dangers of unchecked older vehicles.