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Five billion pounds motoring tax black hole looms for Chancellor 11 Jan 2022

The Chancellor could face losing almost a third of the revenue he gets from fuel duty from cars before the end of the decade because of the move to green motoring. However, the blow to the public f
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Private parking firms issuing 15 tickets a minute 04 Jan 2022

Drivers are being handed an average of more than 22,000 tickets every day by private parking firms, according to new research. Companies issued four million tickets to British motorists between Apr
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Looking to the future by connecting to the past 22 Dec 2021

Three veteran cars built at the turn of the 20th century have travelled from London to Brighton while using the latest in connected technology in what is believed to be the world’s first connected v
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Safer Roads Fund gains royal recognition 22 Nov 2021

The RAC Foundation, the Road Safety Foundation and the Department for Transport have won a Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for their “fine example of collaboration” and the “outs
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Plug-in vehicle fact sheet 15 Nov 2021

See how many plug-in cars, vans and taxis there are on the UK's roads and how many public charge points are available with this fact sheet. More information on which vehicles are on the road can be fo
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Ministers propose Road Collision Investigation Branch after RACF trial 28 Oct 2021

A new body to investigate and learn lessons from road collisions is a step closer to being established following a pilot scheme involving the RAC Foundation, the government has announced. A Roa
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Cars parked 23 hours a day 08 Jul 2021

The average car or van in England is driven just 4% of the time, a figure that has barely changed in quarter of a century. For the rest of the time the car or van is either parked at home (73%) or
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CLARIFICATION

In some news stories about the publication in November 2021 of a report by the Older Driver Task Force it was implied that older drivers who run red lights should escape prosecution and attend a fitness to drive assessment instead. The RAC Foundation was associated with this story because it sat on the steering board of the Task Force and also offered a comment on the report.

What the report actually recommended was that older drivers who commit a careless driving offence be assessed for competency. The Crown Prosecution Service lists driving through a red light by mistake as one such offence. The RAC Foundation can see a case for this sort of behaviour resulting in a driving assessment – similar in fashion to a speed awareness course which millions of drivers in the UK have attended over the years – however, the Foundation certainly does not advocate such an outcome for anyone who wilfully drives through a red light.

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Oil price over time

Oil price over time
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Pump prices over time

Pump prices over time
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Plug-in vehicles on the road

Plug-in vehicles on the road
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New car mileage

New car mileage
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Wholesale fuel prices v pump prices

Wholesale fuel prices v pump prices
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Motoring price index

Motoring price index