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The police have written to me regarding a parking issue where it was deemed that I touched another car when reversing from my parking space. I checked both cars and found no damage. I therefore took no...
I recently left the engine running when I parked my van in a private car park at Tesco to go to the cashpoint. A police officer asked if it was my vehicle. I said yes and said I was going to the cashpoint....
My car passed its MOT with its front registration plate fixed to my car's bonnet with gaffer tape. I'd been waiting at the time for the proper plate holder to be sent out to me before it could be fixed...
I drive a Volvo XC40 and since owning it I've noticed occasional odd behaviour by nearby drivers. As an example, I can be driving at or around the speed limit and will observe a rapidly approaching vehicle,...
With the restrictions on touching the screen of a smartphone while driving being considered, I assume all the cars with touchscreen controls for the radio, Sat Nav, heating etc will be withdrawn from sale...
I put my smartphone in a holder attached to the dashboard and then use it as a sat nav. Sometimes I need to touch it to see how far ahead a traffic jam is going on. Am I breaking the law if I touch it...
My son-in-law was stopped by the police for driving without insurance. He had given instruction to the insurance company but, due to an admin error, the renewal was not processed. The insurance company...
My number plates have been stolen from my car, which was parked on a road outside of our house. What should I do?
If it is against the law to use your phone while driving, except hands-free, then surely using computer touchscreens to operate car systems and even to make phone calls must also be illegal.
Why do police, NHS and Fire Brigade use BMW cars instead of UK-assembled cars like those built at Sunderland Nissan? They should have a policy of supporting local business.
 

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