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Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to target lorry drivers and operators cheating vehicle emissions

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From tomorrow (August 2017) the Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will target lorry drivers and operators who try to cheat vehicle emissions. The action is in response to evidence showing that drivers and operators are using emissions cheat devices to cut the cost of operating. 

DVSA enforcement offices will be looking for commercial vehicles that circumvent, cheat or modify their vehicles causing a detrimental effect on emissions systems. 

These include:

  • Using devices designed to stop emissions control systems from working
  • Removing the diesel particulate filter or trap (DPF Removal or Gutting)
  • Using cheap, fake emission reduction devices or diesel exhaust fluid (Adblue / Urea)
  • Using illegal engine modifications which result in excessive emissions (Remap)
  • Removing or bypassing the exhaust gas recirculation valve (EGR Blanking)

Any vehicle found cheating their emissions systems will be given 10 days to rectify. Those failing to comply within this time will be fined, repeat offenders could have their vehicles deemed unroadworthy.

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XtremeAuto / Maypole / Universal Roof Bar Review – Skoda Octavia Estate – Amazon

When looking for some roof bars for my 2105 Octavia VRS Estate, I was immediately drawn to the Thule products. Yes they look great and come highly recommended but I found it very hard to justify three figures for something I’ll use once in a blue moon.

After some research on the Briskoda Skoda owners forum I was pointed in the direction of the XtremeAuto / Maypole / Universal Roof Bars available from Amazon

These aluminium bars look every bit as good as those from Thule but with one major difference… Price. You can pick up a pair of these for just £39.95 with free delivery if you have prime. Click here for Amazon prime if you don’t have it – you need it in your life. 

With such a low price it doesn’t matter if they are stashed away in the garage or shed for months or years at a time only be be used for the off tip run or like me to carry a 30 year old canoe to some smelly river in rural Rutland. Unlike many people who opt for the Thule bar I don’t feel pressured to have them attached 24/7 365 to justify the huge outlay.

With these bars being so cheap they certainly don’t feel like an inferior product in any way. They come well packaged and and include comprehensive instructions for piece of mind. Read on our our full review.

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Is the UK government really going to ban all new Petrol and Diesel cars by 2040?

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The UK’s Environment secretary is set to reveal plans to ban the sale of Petrol and Diesel cars in the UK by 2040. 

Yes, you did read that right.

The environment secretary Michael Gove will reveal plans this coming Wednesday which will force all new cars from 2040 to be Hybrid / Electric. 

The shocking move is in response to the UK’s disastrous air quality issues around major cities and towns which could be responsible for up to 40,000 premature deaths per year. 

A government spoksman said “Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible. That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”

The banning of all petrol and diesel cars will be part of a series of proposals under the Government’s Air Quality Plan. The plan will also outline proposals to force councils to clean up the UK’s dirtiest roads and create huge investment in low emission public transports and charging infrastructure.

We’re also led to believe that a scrappage scheme will be rolled out to the help remove our most polluting diesel cars (Euro 4 and bellow).

We’ll know much more tomorrow when the plans are fully revealed to the public – we’ll keep you updated. Until then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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UK Volkswagen Emissions scandal Facebook group grows to over 5,000 members

We’ve been long standing supporters of the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) and have taken every opportunity to help the group and owners affected by issues resulting from the so called “fix”. 

With the increased media attention and tireless work of the admin team, the group has gone from strength to strength with excess of 5,000 members in total. (5,068 when published).

With such a large membership base it’s clear that this issue is not the rare occurrence that the VW Group would have you believe. The barrage of media attention from the likes of Watchdog and Radio 4’s You and yours is proof of that.

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BBC Watchdog’s coverage of VW emissions fix issues finally hits iPlayer, but why the delay?


As many of you will know, BBC watchdog has finally covered the UK  VW emissions fix issue. Working with the The Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum facebook group they covered many aspects of the issues encountered by UK owners, but not without some issues.

The main issue has been the untimely delay in getting the episode up on the BBC iPlayer. Why the delay? Did the VW Challenge the content of the program, was there a legal challenge? We certainly believe so and were already busy making copy available to the public. Luckily for our legal team, that changed just moments ago.

The episode went live in the last few minutes. Click the link below to watch the full episode. We’re keen to hear your thoughts their coverage. Please do let us know in the comments below.


Apologies to our overseas readers, the above is only available in the UK to TV license holders.

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Best driving roads in Europe [Infographic]

Road trips are synonymous with the United States of America due to its sheer size and vast highways, but did you know that the first ever road trip by automobile took place in Germany?

Europe has some of the most stunning roads in the world, and for those who dream of being on the open road YourParkingSpace has put together some of the best routes for a European Road Trip, plus what you can see and do in these regions.

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Our updated VW Emissions Fix Survey results are in with over 1200 responses

With over 1200, the latest set of results of our VW Emissions fix survey has surpassed our expectations. These updated figures reveal the extent of this issues facing VG Group vehicles owners.

This latest set of results combine the feedback from over 1200 owners, more than double 542 results we covered in April 2017.

With the Volkswagen Diesel Customer Forum (Emissions Scandal) protest happening tomorrow morning, these figures are even more important than ever.


What really struck us from this survey is the sheer amount of money represented from an issue entirely caused by the actions of the VW Group UK. Remember that this “required updated” was optional and sanctioned by the DSA (Driver Standards Agency). Like most owners, the very fact that the DSA logo was present on the “recall” letters compounded the belief that the update was a legal requirement or would hamper MOT results in the future. At no point did VW make it clear that this was optional.

Taking into account the figures in the survey they represent a minimum of £132,000 (650 responses) in repairs for vehicles which were not broken before the fix. Just imagine that figure had 47.8% of owners not received a good will payment for the entire cost.

No wonder why over 73% would not buy another VAG vehicle (VW, Audi, Skoda or Seat)

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