Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Motorists should receive 25% discount on challenged parking fines, say MP

Motorists should receive 25 per cent discount on challenged parking fines, say MPs

Motorists who stand up to local councils and dispute parking fines should automatically receive a 25 per cent discount, MP watchdogs have said.
Motorists who choose to challenge a ticket automatically lose the right to a 50 per cent discount that is currently offered to those who pay up straight away, which is considered unfair by some MPs.

The suggestion is part of a blueprint for a proposed crackdown on councils that treat motorists as "wallets on wheels" and the new plans hope to alleviate some of the financial pressures placed on the modern motorist.

Other proposals include the outlawing of spy cameras that record the movements of drivers within restricted zones and automatically issue fines, usually without the motorist knowing until a letter arrives in the post.

In addition, motorists should not have to appeal against parking tickets where tribunal adjudicators have repeatedly identified a problem such as poor signage.

Councils will also be asked to produce annual parking-charge reports that show exactly where revenue has been generated and where that money is being used, says the new report published today by the House of Commons' Transport Select committee.

The BBC reported this morning that Committee chairman, Labour MP Louise Ellman, said: "There is a deep-rooted public perception that parking enforcement is used as a cash cow, so it's essential that local authorities apply stringent transparency."

On the subject of greater transparency among local councils, Mrs Ellman added: "Annual parking accounts would allow the public to see how much local revenue is derived from the enforcement of fines, and what proportion of this comes from on- or off-street parking charges.

"It's right that parking charges be determined locally, but hard to justify fines that substantially exceed penalties for more serious offences like speeding.

"Central government should freeze the maximum penalty charge and develop differential fines for less serious parking violations. "

Car tracking device helps Essex Police snare serial burglar

Car tracking device helps Essex Police snare serial burglar

A serial crook in Essex was arrested and charged for a string of house burglaries thanks to some good old-fashioned police work and a tracking device fitted to a rental car, it has been revealed.
Bobby Everitt was sent to prison for three years after being found guilty of 14 counts of burglary at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 11, and his arrest has been attributed to some serious detective skills and a tracking device fitted to the hapless criminal's rental car.

PC James Smith, the arresting officer for Essex Police, explained: "While we were investigating a break in at a house in Chelmsford we went to interview Everett. I noticed a car outside his home and took down its registration even though he said it wasn't his.

"We ran the vehicle's details through the Police National Computer and discovered it was registered to a rental company. We contacted the hirer who, not only confirmed it had been hired to Everitt, rather fortuitously, told us it was equipped with a vehicle tracking system.

"The data provided by Trak Global showed the vehicle had been in the close vicinity of the property at the time it had been raided and gave us conclusive proof that he carried out the burglary."

But PC Smith decided to take things one step further and continued to cross-examine the data provided by the vehicle tracking company with similar break-ins that had occurred throughout the region.

"Incredibly, the precise information enabled us to place the vehicle in the vicinity at the time of 13 other house burglaries and a further two attempted burglaries," revealed PC Smith.

"The data actually revealed he'd brazenly parked right outside two properties. We were even able to calculate just how long he'd taken to break in, in one case from the moment he'd turned the engine off and then restarted the car was just nine minutes."

"Put simply, if it hadn't been for the fact the vehicle was equipped with a tracking device, Everitt would not have been successfully convicted for 14 burglaries."

PC James Smith was subsequently presented with the Police Federation National Detective Forum Student Detective of the Year award for following his natural instinct and his industrious use of Trak's system

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Drink-driving among the elderly rising

Drink-driving among the elderly rising

A fifth more elderly people were convicted of drink-driving in 2012 than two years before – that's the shock statistic revealed by the results of a survey just released.

20 per cent more over-75s were caught behind the wheel having had too much to drink, What's more, a driver over the age of 50 was charged with drink driving every hour.

The figures were obtained through Freedom of Information requests from 42 of the UK's 52 police forces.

Of those, the force that was laid claim to the greatest number of over-50s convicted between 2010 and 2012 was in Strathclyde, with 1,469.

However, Manchester was a close second with 1,452 convictions, Hampshire recorded 1,294, Thames Valley 1,201, and Devon & Cornwall 1,196.

The survey showed that 15 per cent of drink-drive offenders were over 50, but that that proportion varied widely according to region.

In Lancashire, over-50-year-olds were responsible for 54 per cent of convictions, while in London, that figure was just two per cent.

It's thought that the reason for the rise is down to a feeling among older drivers that drink driving is still socially acceptable - over 50 year olds will have typically learnt to drive in 1979, when drink-driving offences were 540% higher than they are today. Drink-driving is not acceptable at any age.

Great strides have been made to tackle this in younger people, the number of motorists drink-driving from the older generations is still worryingly high.

An increase in driving under the influence among the elderly is a shocking and deeply concerning trend as far too many casualties and fatalities occur as a result of this.

We need to keep reinforcing to drivers of all ages – young and old – the message that drinking and driving don't mix.!

'Dummy' caught cycling down M1 in pouring rain

'Dummy' caught cycling down M1 in pouring rain

A man has been censured by police after he was caught cycling along the M1 motorway in atrocious weather conditions.

The culprit was spotted happily pedalling along the London-bound carriageway of the motorway near Redbourn in Hertfordshire on Sunday.
He was apparently oblivious to the fact that cycling on a motorway is banned by Section 253 of the Highway Code.

Incredibly, given the driving rain and appalling visibility, the cyclist was also riding without lights or high-visibility gear, choosing instead to wear a dark green anorak, black trousers, and a grey rucksack.

This despite the fact that he was riding just inches away from cars, coaches and heavy goods vehicles which were travelling at speeds anywhere between 50 and 70mph, and sometimes more.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Constabulary said "We were alerted just before midday of a man travelling southbound on the M1 on a pushbike.

"We did a very slow escort off with him at the next junction, which was Junction 9 at Redbourne."

Police added that they had offered "words and advice", and that the man opted to continue his journey to London by train instead.

The Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit took to its Twitter feed to highlight the situation, tweeting: "Somebody thought it was ok to cycle to London on the M1, escorted safely off at Redbourn. #dontbeadummy."

It isn't the first time police have spoken to road users about cycling along motorways.

In June, a woman was escorted off the M1 motorway near Milton Keynes having been stopped by police on a pushbike.

And during the Commonwealth Games, police spoke to two members of the Kenyan cycling team on the M61 near Bolton, who had apparently been unaware that what they were doing was illegal.

Fears as Traffic Officers' budget slashed

Fears as Traffic Officers' budget slashed

The Highways Agency is cutting the cash spent on Traffic Officers – famously dubbed 'Wombles' by Jeremy Clarkson - by £13m.

The officers – seen patrolling major motorway and trunk roads in high visibility off-roaders – help in the aftermath of accidents and assist broken down vehicles, helping traffic get moving again.
But an exclusive AOL Cars investigation has found that despite the Highways Agency Traffic Officers' (HATOs) effectiveness, their budget is still being slashed from £79m to £66m in 2014.

We submitted a Freedom of Investigation request to the agency that required it to release the budget details.

The data also revealed that the cuts come despite the fact average motorway journey times are increasing and it's now taking longer to clear up after accidents, according to official customer satisfaction levels.

A spokesman for the Institute of Advanced Motorists told AOL Cars that he fears these cuts will mean drivers will spend even longer in traffic jams in the future.

IAM head of technical policy Tim Shallcross said: "We used to have traffic police sweeping up after a crash – a job now performed much more cost effectively by the Highways Agency Traffic Officers (HATOs).

"A reduction in HATOs will certainly not be made up by an increase in police, so the result will inevitably be longer jams and greater delays after crashes."

Shallcross added that he felt savings should be made in the "back office" rather than cutting the budget of patrols.

The RAC agreed that HATOs play a major role in road safety and added their fears that a reduction in budget could be at the detriment to motorists.

"There is an unfortunate tendency for motorists to under appreciate HATOs' work," said RAC technical director David Bizley.

"This often changes when a traffic officer comes to their aid or they experience their traffic management skills in a major incident.

"Any financial reduction to the service may sadly be to the detriment of motorists. This could become particularly apparent next year with the hard shoulders of a number of motorways being opened on a permanent basis.

"In the event of an accident or breakdown Traffic Officers will be motorists' first line of defence from others vehicles, especially as refuge areas will be up to 2.5km apart."

What do you think? Do HATOs do an effective job and the budget cut is a mistake? Or will we not even notice?

Monday, 14 October 2013

Driving in the dark


The right night vision

Driving in the dark is a very different experience to driving in the day. Speed is more difficult to judge, distances of other vehicles can be hard to calculate when faced with a wall of headlights, and you are likely to be more tired than usual.

But this shouldn't put you off. The roads are a lot quieter, and it is a great time to make progress. Bearing in mind a few points will help make your drive as safe and enjoyable as possible.  

Turn on your headlights before sunset and keep them on for an hour after sunrise so that it's easier for other drivers to see you in twilight. Equally important is making sure all your exterior lights are clean and working properly.

You should also make sure all your windows are clean, inside and out. Dirty windows will increase glare from other vehicles and are more prone to steaming up. Clean, properly positioned mirrors will reduce dazzle as well as blind spots. Turn off the interior lights and dim the dashboard as well, if you can. This will cut down on interior reflections.

Read the road ahead and look out for clues that might not be available to you usually. While visibility is reduced, glimmers of light at the top of hills and at bends could be the headlights of other vehicles, giving you prior warning. And as always, be able to stop your vehicle within the distance you can see to be clear – at night this will probably only be as far as your headlights reach, unless there are street lights.

On rural roads, drive on full beam whenever possible but dip your lights when faced with another road user to avoid dazzling them. If a driver approaching you fails to dip their own headlights, look away to the verge on the left-hand side to avoid being dazzled yourself. And make the most of other people's lights – use the light shed by vehicles ahead or from roadside lights - not just street lights - to help you see further ahead.

Driving at night, you are likely to be more tired than usual, so taking breaks is especially important. Stop regularly for a rest and park up in a safe place for a nap when you need to – no journey is worth putting yourself or others in danger for.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Daylight Running Lights

Mid-Kent's Group of Advanced Motoring's social media editor Graham Aylard voices his concerns on Daylight Running Lights fitted to modern cars.

Is it me? Has anyone noticed that as the days get shorter and the nights get longer more and more motorists are driving at night with no headlights on?  I'm not so sure it is me. I notice this as I came home from a recent long friday night drive in rush hour on the M25. The traffic was awful. Clacket Lane roadworks adding to the congestion on the southern side of the M25 creating what is often joked about as the biggest car park in the UK.  I counted no less then six drivers in the Kent area alone driving oblivious to the fact that they are hard to see, if not impossible.  As the 'invisible' vehicle drove past, I notice that a couple of them were illuminated from the front - yet nothing from the back. The reason of course is their Daylight Running Lights were on.

With the dashboard and instrument panels lit during the day, I believe drivers are not paying attention to their lighting conditions.

A vehicle showing its Daylight Running Lights.
Some expensive models use an LED that dim when an indication
is used and use a fraction of energy used by traditional bulbs   
Why on earth however has the driver not noticed that he or she is driving around with no headlights on? Well, my theory is with some models of vehicles, the dashboard is illuminated as soon as you start the engine. Not like older vehicles were the dashboard and instruments are lit only when side lights or headlights are switched on. And this is my problem. With the dashboard and instrument panels lit during the day, I believe drivers are not paying attention to their lighting conditions. They can see the speedo, so the light must be on? right? Err.. no! Motorist must look out for the symbol that indicates the headlights are switched on. However, I still have a problem with this. Let me explain.

I drive a 60 plate, Vauxhall Astra, 1.7TD Sports Tourer - or Astra van with windows to the rest of us. It has daylight running lights. My instruments and dashboard is lit nicely and stays lit all the time the engine is running. My rear lights however are not on at all - and that's fine.  But with I switch the side lights on, the daylight running lights switch off, side lights come on, instrument lights stay on and rear lights switch on. Great. But the only indication of this is a small green double light symbol (also known as a 'position lamp') displayed within the rev counter, just under the needle. No problem. But if I switch my headlights on, no other symbol eliminates. (This is true of Vauxhall and some Ford models, where no 'dipped beam' indications are present in the instrument panel) If your in a well lit area, you might be forgiven to think you do not have any headlights on at all. In fact I've had the need to check on a number of occasions by checking the switch itself. It's obvious however in an unlit area. And my point is that small green symbol is not enough when in well lit areas, and leaving the instrument panel lit simply doesn't give a big enough visual clue that maybe your running around at night with only your daylight running lights on. I believe manufactures need to have the instrument panels un-lit when side or headlights are switched off.

And this is the reason why I believe their has been an increase in 'invisible' drivers.
A hint of illumination in the instrument panel of this vehicle while
the engine is running at the Daylight Running Lights are on.

One of my first vehicles was a Volvo 240. It was the first car in the UK to have daylight running lights. It was in fact side lights running switch on all the time - you were unable to switch them off.  But the dash never lit up until side (which then switched the era lights on) or headlights were on. Once again, Volvo proving to be ahead of its time. But why are so many cars fitted with Daylight Running Lights?

Vehicles in Sweden had to drive with lights on, all year round since 1977

In 2008 European legislation ruled that dedicated 'Daylight Running Lights to be fitting to all new cars from February 2011. Trucks and buses followed just over a year later. However, its not a new idea. Vehicles in Sweden had to drive with lights on, all year round since 1977 (hence why the Volvo lights were always on) Iceland, Latvia, Macedonia and Norway since around 1980, Denmark since 1990 and Romania, Slovenia and parts of Portugal since 1998. In fact

by 2006 drivers in 12 european countries were driving with daylight running lights. It was proven to reduce daytime accidents by a study group and the Department of Transport study confirmed this. The study also showed that the benifts out-weighed the possible cost in fuel to keep lights on and the possible chance that these lights could dazzle other motorist or even masked motorcyclist headlights, making them less conspicuous.
However, nothing has be said about the chances of drivers not noticing that they are driving unlit at night. And this is my problem.

A good rule of thumb in wet weather, if your windscreen wipers are switched to constant, switch your headlights on. 

So what can motorist do? Simple really. See and be seen. When light levels drop, even in the day - switch your headlights on. For example, during wet weather conditions, low winter sunlight that my dazzle motorist in the morning an hour or so after sunrise and hour or so before sunset and of course fog and misty conditions. A good rule of thumb in wet weather, if your windscreen wipers are switched to constant, switch your headlights on.

However, for those who are driving vehicles not fitted with day light running lights and still traveling at night with no headlights on… How are earth can you see your speedo?

Words and images: Graham Aylard, Source AA

For tips and discussions on night time driving - the Mid-Kent Group are holding a free evening talk at Grove Green Community Centre, Maidstone on Tuesday 15th October, 8pm. Everyone is welcome and free demonstration and assessment drives are available.  

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Learn More About Driving At Night

Do you find driving at night a struggle? Find it hard to see at night while behind the wheel? Tried on those long motorway journey's in the dark? 

Learn more about driving at night with Mid-Kent Group of Advanced Motorist.

Held at Grove Green Community Centre, Maidstone ME14 5TQ on Tuesday 15th October 2013, 8pm 

Assessment and demonstration drives are available

Free admission and refreshments

Friday, 11 October 2013

Residents near proposed A14 toll road call for exemption

Residents near proposed A14 toll road call for exemption

A proposed toll road that could be put in place to relieve congestion along the A14 has encountered resistance from angry residents and local councils who feel those living along the planned route shouldn't have to pay to use the road.
South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet agreed that villagers should be excluded from the fee or at least receive heavy subsidies when the toll road is operating.

Road users are expected to have to pay somewhere in the region of £1 and £1.50 to use the toll road when it opens with fees for larger vehicles and HGVs likely to double.

The Cambridge News reported that Councillor Simon Edwards, the council's deputy leader, told a recent meeting: "We should ask the Highways Agency for a scheme where, if we are forced to use the toll road, local traffic is exempt from paying the toll. I think that would defend our residents and I think we should make a statement that any non-HGV vehicle registered in South Cambridgeshire should be exempted from the toll.

"As a bare minimum we should be looking at a season ticket arrangement of £10 or £20 a year for our residents, very much like they do at the Dartford crossing I believe."

Members agreed that the scheme had to be supported to relieve congestion and boost the local economy but settled on the fact that local residents shouldn't be forced to pay.

All councils haven't met the proposed bypass that could run from the Port of Felixstowe through Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdon and Northampton with praise though, as leaders at St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath claim the toll would harm local enterprise.

The BBC reported Councillors John Griffiths of St Edmundsbury and James Waters of Forest Heath said in a joint statement: "While we support improvements on the A14, the Toll Tax seems flawed and short-sighted at a time when we're trying to boost our economy and encourage growth.

"It also seems to be promoting unfair competition for our local businesses, not being a tax that other parts of the country have to face."

Bogus whiplash claim thwarted by dash-cam

Bogus whiplash claim thwarted by dash-cam

A recent court case has highlighted the fact that dash-mounted cameras aren't solely for capturing Russian motorists almost mowing down pedestrians as they lose control in the snow.
A haulage firm avoided an expensive £75,000 whiplash claim against it when an on-board camera proved that a car full of scammers deliberately traversed three lanes of the M25 and slammed on the brakes to ensure the lorry rear-ended the car.

All four occupants of the Ford Galaxy that was struck by the HGV made serious whiplash claims against the haulage firm, but claims were dismissed when evidence from the on board camera showed the Galaxy deliberately swapped lanes and collided with the lorry that hadn't left the inside lane.

Simon Marsh, managing director of Smart Witness, the company that made the on-board camera, told TRL: "Bogus whiplash claims are a real problem. This new video perfectly illustrates the problems responsible motorists face."

He added: "This new video perfectly illustrates the problems responsible motorists face. The lorry driver was travelling well within the speed limit when the people carrier swerved directly in front of him to avoid hitting another car in the fast lane.

"The haulier was very surprised to be on the receiving end of four whiplash claims for £75 000. Drivers can often feel like they are on shakey ground when they go into the back of another vehicle, particularly if there are no reliable witnesses to explain what happened."

According to UK official figures, up to 60 per cent of the 550,000 whiplash claims made in the UK each year are bogus

Drivers warned to be wary of enticing fake insurance policies

Drivers warned to be wary of enticing fake insurance policies

Young and recently qualified motorists are being warned to thoroughly check 'enticing' insurance policies after a recent spate of arrests has signalled a spike in the phenomenon of 'ghost broking'.
These 'ghost brokers' target young and newly qualified drivers by offering insurance deals that appear much cheaper than many of the often extortionate policies presented by legitimate insurance providers.

Motorists only become aware of the scam when it comes to making a claim, when there is nothing in the way of support from the dodgy insurance companies.

Drivers also run the risk of racking up fines, penalty points, having their vehicles seized and, in the event of a major accident, incurring hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs, as the insurance isn't valid.

Police recently arrested 27 people in connection with the sale of fake insurance policies in one of the largest crackdowns of its kind. More than 170 officers carried out 28 search warrants in a series of dawn raids across the country.

The insurance fraud enforcement department – a unit working within the City of London police – suggests that thousands of motorists have already been duped by the scam but the true extent of the problem remains unknown as many drivers will assume their cover is legitimate.

Kerry Michael, director of insurance services at the RAC motoring group, said: "This is a new and worrying crime which preys on young drivers offering them cheap insurance rates with bogus policies. It is particularly worrying when you consider that many of the individuals taken in by 'ghost brokers' are those who can least afford the devastating financial and personal consequences of being involved in an accident without valid insurance."

The police and RAC are advising buyers to avoid enticing policies that are often sold through social networking sites, on fake websites and even in genuine printed ads found in classifieds and posted in university clubs and bars.

The 'ghost brokers' will nearly always claim they are linked with genuine insurance companies and will even send fake documents to seal the deal.

Above all else, if the deal appears too good to be true, it probably is. Buyers can also check that insurance provider is on the Financial Services Register before buying a policy

UK has "pothole epidemic"

UK has

Britain is in the grip of a "pothole epidemic" after research showed that there is an average of one pothole for every mile of the UK's road network.
That equates to a whopping 200,000 car-damaging holes around the country – an issue that is causing huge costs to both motorists and local councils.

A Freedom of Information request revealed that a total of £2.5 million was paid out in the last financial year in compensation to motorists, with the number of claims having soared 79 per cent to 32,600 in 2012/13.

That figure – enough to pay for the repair of 50,000 potholes – has been used to cover the cost of repair of everything from punctured tyres and dinged alloys to damaged suspension.

A lack of spending on road maintenance by councils is proving to be a false economy, with the average repair bill for pothole damage coming to £140 – nearly three times the £50 it costs on average to simply fill a hole.

King Lane in Leeds and the B6273 South Moor Road in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, were highlighted by the research as some of the worst roads for potholes in the whole country.

Local authorities face difficult choices in the roads they prioritise for repair and there are now round 200,000 potholes on UK roads. Motorists should protect themselves and their vehicles by reducing their speed on potholed roads, and also reporting damaged roads to their local council.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Pre-war Alfa Romeo GP car sells for £5.9million

Pre-war Alfa Romeo GP car sells for £5.9million

A 1935 Alfa Romeo Grand Prix racing car once driven by Italian racing legend Tazio Nuvolari has set a new world record after being sold for £5.9million – the highest price paid for any Alfa Romeo at auction.
The snappily titled Tipo C 8C-35 '50013' - Scuderia Ferrari Nr '65', went under the hammer at a Bonhams auction at last weekend's Goodwood Revival classic car festival, and beat the previous Alfa Romeo auction record of £4.2million raised by an eight-cylinder Monza 2300 in California in 2010.

The 330bhp supercharged racing car was campaigned by world-famous race team Scuderia Ferrari, then Alfa's proxy factory team.

James Knight, Bonhams International Managing Director of Collectors Motor Cars, said after the sale: "Once again Bonhams has been privileged to offer a world-beating motorcar and help it to achieve a world-beating price.

"Selling something like this, one is aware that history is a guest at the auction, due to the car's past, its performance today, and what all automotive enthusiasts will say about the car in the future. It is more than a car for all of us who are passionate about cars

Lister Cars to race again

Lister Cars to race once again

Dormant British racing car manufacturer Lister is to start up production for the first time in nearly 25 years, after a significant investment from aftermarket car warranty provider Warrantywise.
The three original Lister companies: George Lister Engineering of Cambridge, Brian Lister Light Engineering and Lister Storm, have all been consolidated under the new name of Lister Motor Company Limited, and will move into new facility in the marque's original home town of Cambridge.

The new site, which features state-of-the-art design and manufacturing facilities, will be used to manufacture one of the company's original racing cars from the 1950s, the Lister 'Knobbly' Jaguar.

Founder Brian Lister's original design drawings and manufacturing setup have all been re-commissioned and much of the original team behind the knobbly – so called because of its unique streamlined body – have been drafted in to create cars identical to those that left the production line in 1958.

Lister Motor Cars will be supplied with race proven Jaguar D-Type spec engines and gearboxes by experts Crosthwaite & Gardener, and final race preparation will be undertaken by CKL Developments, another world-renowned specialist in historic Jaguars.

The new cars will be ready to race as soon as they leave the factory and Lister is to sponsor a series of historic race meetings in 2015 to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Lister Cars to race once again

Caterham unveils new AeroSeven Concept


Caterham unveils new AeroSeven Concept

Caterham has lifted the covers off a brand new concept car for the Grand Prix in Singapore
Called the AeroSeven, the open-top two-seater points the way to an all-new production model from the British marque, due in 2014.

It's based on the same platform as Caterham's long-standing and highly accomplished Seven CSR platform, with the body fashioned from light-weight carbon fibre.

At its heart sits the same 2.0-litre Ford Duratec engine seen in other Caterham models. Developing 237bhp, it will get the AeroSeven from 0-62mph in "under four seconds". Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox.

It is also the first ever Caterham model to be fitted with traction control. The fully adjustable system has been introduced thanks to Caterham's newly-developed engine management system, which also sees the AeroSeven fitted with a launch control function.

Anti-lock brakes are also being assessed for suitability, though Caterham fans will be pleased to hear that the Seven's traditional inboard front and fully-independent rear suspension setups remain intact, though with new dampers, springs and anti-roll bars.

The normally spartan Caterham interior has been livened up slightly with the addition of a new graphical display unit, which shows the usual driver information – speed, gear selection, traction and brake settings etc – on a 3D rendered display.

The Caterham AeroSeven will be produced at the company's facility in Dartford, with the first customer deliveries expected in Autumn 2014. Currently there is no word on potential prices

Meet The Group

Some of our Outside Events Team at the this years Bearsted Green Classic Car Show last spring. These guys will be at Buckmore Park on 20th October. 
During October, we have a couple of events that anyone, advanced motorist or not can attend.

Night Driving 15th October
Whether you are bothered by the dark or have trouble staying awake at the wheel,Mid Kent Group can help sort out problems posed by dark winter nights. All aspects of night time driving will be discussed and there will be opportunities for free assesment drives and demonstration drives. A free event open to all drivers old or young, experienced or not - we will answer your questions on all aspects of night driving.

Held at Grove Green Community Centre (ME15 5TQ) starting at 8pm.

Celebrating 50 Years of Karting Excellence - 20th October
Celebrating 50 years of Kart Racing Excellence at the circuit. See some of the best junior and senior kart racers in the country in action - some of them will probably be formula 1 stars of the future. All the current British F1 drivers have driven here as have many previous F1 drivers like John Surtees etc. Johnny Hurbert will be doing a Karting demonstration.The Mid Kent Group of Advanced Motorist Outside Events Team will be there promoting the IAM and stressing the importance of road safety. Please feel free to visit us and will be happy to answer any of your questions who we are and how to become a better driver. Event at Buckmore Park. (More details from Buckmore Park's website)

If you wish to become an Advanced Motorist, improve your driving or simply find out more about us. Please visit our website.