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Young driver crash toll 14 May 2015

In 2013 – the latest year for which figures are available - 234 teenage car passengers were killed or seriously injured when the young driver (17-19) they were travelling with was involved in a
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The green cars you are most likely to see on the road 01 May 2015

Four years after the government launched a £5,000 grant scheme for buyers of the most eco-friendly cars the battery-powered Nissan Leaf is the number one green car on the road. Analysis of
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Driver loses appeal court parking case. Next step is Supreme Court 23 Apr 2015

The RAC Foundation has expressed its frustration at a Court of Appeal decision that parking tickets on private land are not 'extravagant or unconscionable'. Barry Beavis who brought the case against
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Independent body needed to drive forward road safety 23 Mar 2015

More than 120 years after the first cars took to the UK’s roads there is still no single independent body that has responsibility for investigating and learning from the collisions that take
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Top civil servant to lead RAC Foundation 05 Mar 2015

Steve Gooding is to become the new director of the RAC Foundation. He will succeed Professor Stephen Glaister CBE who is retiring. Steve is expected to start in May 2015. Steve has been Director
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Potholes are voters' biggest transport concern

Tackling the condition of roads and pavements is seen by British adults as the most important transport priority for the next government.

More than half (53%) believe this should be the number one issue for ministers to address after the general election in May.

The cost of travelling by train is regarded as the second priority (42%).

The cost of using a car (e.g. petrol prices) came third on the list (30%).

Potholes are voters' biggest transport concern
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Oil prices

This chart shows the price of Brent crude over the past 12 months both in US dollars and pound sterling. Hover over the lines to get precise data values.

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Plug-in grant eligible vehicles

This chart plots, by model, the number of licensed cars in Great Britain that are eligible for the government's Plug-in Car Grant scheme.

Plug-in grant eligible vehicles
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Minister set to tackle private parking excesses

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has promised to crack down on what he calls private parking 'sharks', according to press reports.

The news comes just days after the Prime Minister transferred powers for regulating the private parking industry from the Department for Transport to the DCLG.

Commenting on the news, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

"This is a significant announcement with a potentially huge impact for millions of drivers. It is pleasing that the minister sees the transfer of powers  as a prelude to action which has been long overdue: namely the reining in of companies who dish out parking tickets like confetti and often charge drivers £100 or more for overstaying their welcome by a matter of moments. Legal advice for us says many of these tickets are ‘unconscionable’ and ‘unenforceable’.

Minister set to tackle private parking excesses
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UK pump prices over time

This chart tracks the changes in petrol and diesel prices over time (weekly, rolling ten year period) and is based on DECC data published each Tuesday.

UK pump prices over time
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European petrol prices

Hover over the chart to see total prices and also the prices of the different components. The chart is updated daily.

European petrol prices
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