Diesel tax, benefits & five other law changes you need to know about in 2018

Sometimes it feels like the law is constantly changing, threatening to catch out people who haven't realised the regulations have shifted.
There is a large volume of traffic after the incident

Delays after incident on A580 East Lancashire Road

Motorists are being warned to avoid a key route after a road traffic incident.

A yellow warning of ice has been issued

Gritters in action tonight after yellow warning of ice for the north west

The Met Office have released a yellow warning of ice for tonight in the north west.

The list of withheld registrations includes combinations which should never be seen on the roads

These are some of the number plates the DVLA has banned in 2018

Hundreds of number plate combinations that are potentially offensive or in poor taste are banned from being used each year, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has said.

A St Helens road has been closed after a serious accident

Woman and girl 'critical' after being hit by car

A woman and a girl are in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a car in St Helens this evening.
Haydock Island

‘Drivers are risking their lives’ at accident blackspot

Hundreds of motorists have signed a petition demanding increased safety measures at an accident blackspot.

If you're heading out, check how the traffic's moving

What are the motorways like in Lancashire? Find out with these traffic webcams

If the nationwide TV weather forecast doesn't give you enough detail, a fast and reliable way to check the local conditions is to view live traffic webcams.

Thatto Heath Road, Photo: Google Maps

Road closed after 10-year-old boy in traffic accident

A main road in St Helens is closed this evening after a boy of 10 was injured in a traffic accident.
The bridge on Gores Lane

Accident closes road between Billinge and Rainford

A traffic collision has closed a busy lane between Billinge and Rainford this afternoon.

This is what the law says you can do when someone parks in front of your house

Other cars pinching your perfect parking space is always a particular annoyance, especially when that spot just happens to be in front of your house.
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Man who drove lorry up wrong side of M62 is jailed

A lorry driver who drove on the wrong side of the M62, causing a collision between two other vehicles has been jailed.
The scene of the accident

HGV driver killed in M6 smash was just 37

The victim of the fatal road traffic collision has been confirmed as a 37-year-old man.
The car was well alight on the motorway

Vehicle fire causes more disruption on M6

Drivers faced another morning of disruption on the M6 motorway after a car caught fire.
Calm the nerves with a pre-flight pint?

That pre-flight pint at the airport might be a thing of the past

You know the feeling...
The scene of the accident. Pic: Ilya

HGV driver killed in M6 crash

A HGV driver has been killed in a horror collision on the M6 involving three lorries.
A variety of trains from different eras

Rail passengers enduring journeys on 'clapped out' trains

Britain's trains are the oldest since current records began, an investigation has found.

Virgin Trains: The strike is off

Rail union cancels Virgin Trains strike after new pay offer

One of the unions planning to strike at Virgin Trains West Coast on Friday has called off the action.

A fifth of people do not select the most appropriate fare from ticket machines

70% of ticket machines do not produce cheapest train fares

More than two-thirds of ticket machines on Britain's railways do not inform passengers how to get the cheapest fares, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said.


Driver who swerved into cyclist admits dangerous driving

A driver who swerved his Ford Mondeo into a cyclist and knocked him to the ground has admitted dangerous driving.

Police seized the car on the M62

Police issue warning after car seized due to insurance not covering commuting

A driver had their car seized by police on a motorway -because their insurance policy didn’t cover commuting from work.
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