Gavin Braithwaite-Smith

Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.

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BMW eDrive Zones help get the best from plug-in cars

BMW has launched its world-first eDrive Zones technology in the UK. The system switches to electric power when entering a zero emission zone.

Electric cars get top marks in Green NCAP tests

The Renault Zoe and Hyundai Kona Electric were awarded five stars in the latest Green NCAP tests. A total of 24 cars have been tested.

How Princess Diana made Audi the ‘most sought-after status symbol’

Maybe more than the Quattro or even 'Vorsprung durch Technik', Princess Diana helped turn around Audi's fortunes in the UK. Here's how.

Petrol station drive-offs: what does the law say?

Although Making Off Without Payment is an offence under the Theft Act 1978, the police may not investigate a petrol station drive-off.

Revealed: the most expensive cities for car insurance

Liverpool is named as the UK's most expensive city for car insurance. There's better news for motorists living in Scotland, though.

Green number plates to go live on 8 December 2020

New and used zero-emission cars may use number plates with a green flash from 8 December 2020, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

Peugeot launches PCP car finance with insurance and servicing included

Peugeot's new PCP Plus finance scheme is a four-year Personal Contract Purchase plan that includes two years of servicing and insurance.

‘Shocking’ rise in drivers caught speeding during lockdown

Government data released today shows that the first lockdown led to a ‘shocking’ rise in the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit.

Land Rover Defender thefts on the rise AGAIN

Thefts of Land Rover Defenders are increasing. At least four Defenders thefts a week were being reported to NFU Mutual earlier this year.

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How Lexus defeated ‘the best car in the world’

In 1989, Lexus unveiled the LS 400, a luxury car aimed squarely at the Mercedes S-Class. Thirty years on, we celebrate the brilliance of Circle F.

Can you drive an MOT fail car if the previous test hasn’t expired?

You can drive a car after it fails the MOT test , but only in certain circumstances. We explain the current DVSA rules.

London ULEZ charge: How to check if you need to pay

The Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) is designed to improve air quality by charging certain vehicles to enter London. We explain the rules.

DVLA warns of onging delays for motorists

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has warned motorists to expect ‘significant delays‘ in the processing of driver and vehicle documents.

You can now order a NEW ‘Mini’ Moke in the UK

The new Moke will cost around £24,000 and is powered by a 67hp 1.0-litre engine. Still want that Ford Fiesta or compact crossover?
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