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Opinion: There are real benefits to legalizing e-scooters

You can understand the calls to ban these strange new machines. Our roads are not designed for them, appear incompatible with existing vehicles, and there are serious safety questions and worrying reports of dangerous behavior from its users. No, not e-scooters: I’m referring to the outrage and anxiety caused by the car’s arrival on UK …

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A new law is planned to allow public use of private e-scooters

The government plans to introduce legislation to fully legalize the use of e-scooters as part of the new transport bill announced in the Queen’s speech. Although it is currently legal to purchase an e-scooter, it is illegal to use a privately owned scooter on public roads. Only e-scooters that are part of government-backed rental pilot …

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Steve Cropley: A new era for the classic Lotus Grid

Lifelong lotus lover Paul Matte retired from booming business With the retirement of the Lotus Ball Mate legend, we look at the company’s next step Monday I’m not quite sure how the Lotus classic is supposed to continue after super specialist Paul Matte retires after 46 years of unwavering dedication to the brand. Far from …

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The men who made Caffeine and Machine the center of the UK’s petroleum pioneers

Caffeine & Machine, winner of this year’s Autocar Innovation Award, is based on an idea that its founders acknowledge is very simple. β€œThe thing people say is they can’t believe no one has done this in years,” says Dan McCain, who with Phil McGovern opened C&M in an abandoned roadside bar in Warwickshire in late …

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Autocar Awards 2022: Toyota GR86 is the best fun car for sale

You might imagine that it would be difficult for the jury to agree to award a new car that only one of them actually drives. But when that car is the heir to the brilliantly entertaining Toyota GT86, when that judge is so convinced of its claim and when there’s little opposition in the virtual …

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BMW M135i xDrive 2022 Review

What is that? When BMW’s first front-wheel drive series debuted in 2019, it had something to prove, and with the Volkswagen Golf R-baiting, all-wheel drive BMW M135 xDrive it proved it could build an efficient heated hatch, while also retaining an extravagant “luxury” feel. Price for BMW. Now it has received an update. This isn’t …

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Used Car Buying Guide: Fiat Coupe

Nearly 30 years after its launch, some of us still haven’t finished the emotional impact the Fiat Coupe had on us at the time. If you’re injured β€” and many of us have been β€” it can still move you now, perhaps even toward your checkbook. The good news is that for such a bold, …

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Mileage ratings for petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric cars

It is essential to closely monitor advisory fuel rates. Here’s why. What are the indicative fuel prices? If you drive a corporate car (or a pickup truck), the latest advisory fuel prices (AFRs) are what you need to keep an eye on. It’s updated quarterly to reflect changing rates at the pump, and set a …

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