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March 24, 2016 Top 10 FPN Motoring Offences Revealed

There are many reasons why drivers would receive a fixed penalty notice (FPN), but some motoring offences appear to be more common than others.

According to new research from Direct Line Car Insurance, the main reasons for receiving an FPN are speeding, obstruction, waiting and parking offences, seat belt offences, neglect of traffic signs, directions and pedestrian rights, use of handheld phones, licence, insurance and record-keeping, vehicle test and condition, lighting and noise, and careless driving offences.

Director of motor with the company Gus Park said: “The analysis highlights that millions of drivers are being penalised each year for flouting the most obvious of traffic laws, such as speeding. Careless drivers put lives at risk and are also a major source of concern and irritation for those motorists that abide by the law.”

An FPN can lead to a fine or penalty points on your licence. Remember that if you build up 12 points on your licence within three years, you could be disqualified from driving.

Given that vehicle condition could see you handed an FPN, it makes sense to keep your car in excellent working order by driving it sensibly and taking it for services on a regular basis. Turbo failure could have an impact on how your car handles the road, often caused by oil problems, foreign objects like dust or dirt getting inside it or by over-speeding.

If you think you need a new or reconditioned turbo, get in touch with us at Essex Turbos to see how we can help. It could make all the difference if you’re keen to avoid an FPN this year.

March 24, 2016 Fuel Tax Is Too High, Say 84% Of Motorists

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, revealed that the government will be increasing the fuel duty by 0.5 per cent when he announced his Budget earlier this week.

However, new research has revealed that 84 per cent of motorists believe the tax on fuel is already too high.

A survey by the RAC indicated that 26 per cent want the 57.95p per litre duty to remain the same for the rest of Parliament, while 18 per cent want it extended for another year.

As much as 36 per cent were keen to see the Chancellor to reduce the tax, when he made his announcement on Wednesday (March 16th).

Fuel spokesman for RAC Simon Williams said: “There is widespread consensus that lower fuel prices have left people with more money to spend elsewhere, which both government and independent analysis shows is good for the economy.”

He did correctly predict, however, that because Mr Osborne did not refer to a freeze in the Autumn Statement, a tax increase was likely, which would “go down like a lead balloon”.

The AA also warned of a possible ‘stealth tax’ in this week’s Budget, as it revealed 72 per cent of its 30,000 members were unaware that increases in the Insurance Premium Tax would also apply to breakdown cover.

While many are aware it will affect car and home insurance, 87 per cent believe increasing the cost for essential policies is not fair.

President of the AA Edmund King said it was “completely unreasonable” for the government to increase taxes for motorists who choose to protect themselves against a breakdown.

If you’ve recently experienced car trouble and need a reconditioned turbo fitted to your vehicle, get in touch with us today.

March 7, 2016 1 In 5 Second-Hand Car Drivers ‘Experience Problems In Just 1 Year’

Be careful when buying a second-hand car and make sure that you do all the proper checks on the vehicle before you hand over any money, as new research has revealed that one in five drivers who have bought a second-hand vehicle – that’s six million people – have suffered problems with the car within 12 months of purchase.

According to Ocean Finance figures, the equivalent of ten million Brits actually did no checks on the vehicle at all before buying a pre-owned car, so it should perhaps come as no surprise that so many are having trouble with their motors.

The biggest worries for those looking into buying second-hand cars were that there might be an undetected mechanical fault, paying more than the vehicle is worth, that it might have been in an accident, that it might have been stolen, that the mileage may have been changed and that there could still be outstanding finance against the motor.

March often sees a rise in both new and used car purchases, so make sure you’re careful if you are about to buy. You would also be wise to check for flood damage given the terrible weather that battered the UK over the Christmas period. Look out for damp, serious condensation, white deposits on the cap of the oil filter, or water trapped in the car light clusters.

And if you find that you need to have a reconditioned turbo fitted to your second-hand car, get in touch with us here at Essex Turbos to see how we can help.