Fiat Punto flunks crash test, becomes Euro NCAP’s first ever zero star car


European vehicle safety organisation Euro NCAP has issued its first ever rating of zero stars in its latest round of crash tests.
Compulsory helmets and hi-vis vests under review for all cyclists on British roads

Compulsory helmets under review for cyclists


Cyclists could be made to wear helmets and high-visibility vests for the first time in a review of bike safety.
Video: Nigel Mansell and Tim Shallcross from IAM Roadsmart's winter driving tips

Video: Nigel Mansell's winter driving tips


Nigel Mansell, 1992 Formula One World Champion, knows a thing or two about car control. Here he talks safe driving in winter.
Nine million motorists refuse to put down their phones while driving

Nine million drivers refuse to put down phones


A report by motoring group the RAC suggests more than 9m motorists in the UK use a handheld phone to make or receive a call while driving...
The Fixer: My Audi Q5 had a safety recall, now I’m being charged to stop it happening again

Charged for repairs after Q5 recall


Although no car is immune to faults, owners of premium cars expect a certain level of quality and, should a problem arise, for it to be dealt...
Cyclist Chris Froome rammed by hit-and-run driver

Cyclist Chris Froome "rammed" in hit-and-run


Chris Froome, the three-time Tour de France winner, has been knocked off his bicycle by a hit-and-run driver in the south of France.
Buying Guide: How to choose the best car seat, plus reviews

What are the new child car seat rules?


Child car seats are a legal requirement in the UK for children from their birth until they reach 135cm tall or 12 years old...
Car seatbelt for your dog? It’s a bone of contention in America

Sit, Fido! Sit! Now belt up!


Dogs travelling in cars in the US state of Maine could be forced to belt up under a proposed law
Ministers slam brakes on costly speed awareness courses

Ministers slam brakes on anti‑speeding courses


Ministers will launch a crackdown on speed awareness classes after concerns that they do not change drivers’ habits and are a way for police forc
Manchester slams the brakes on new 20mph zones

Manchester slams the brakes on new 20mph zones


Councils were urged to suspend the national introduction of 20mph zones yesterday after research in one of Britain’s biggest cities found...
Nigeria introduces psychiatric evaluation for jumping red lights

Jump a red light . . . you must be insane


To halt an epidemic of amber gamblers in Nigeria’s capital, authorities have taken to carting errant drivers off in ambulances...
Parents risk criminal record over school run

Parents risk criminal record over school run


The harried parents dashing along the pavements of Severn Drive with unruly shoals of children in tow do not look much like criminals...
Six points and £200 fine for using mobile phones behind the wheel from today

Six points for using mobile phones illegally


Penalties and fines for those using their mobile phone illegally when driving will be doubled to six points and £200 respectively from today...