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Car Design Competition - Ideas On How To Get Better MPG From A Car?

Here are UK Traffic News we are keen on Eco friendly car design as let's face it we only have one planet we can live on!

In the spirit of Eco car design we are putting it out there to our users to suggest to car companies ideas for better MPG.

What is MPG? It's Miles Per Gallon, i.e the number of miles your car can do for each gallon of fuel you put in it.

We think our users, as they are interested in motoring, avoiding traffic jams, roadworks and other delays like accidents would love to get better MPG from the cars they drive for the following reasons:

  • Oil is a shrinking resource
  • Better MPG often means lower CO2 emissions
  • Lower CO2 means lower road tax
  • Lower CO2 is better for climate change
  • More MPG means low cost of fuelling your car

These are all excellent reasons for car design that achieves better MPG.

2014 Competition Ideas To Get More MPGs

Anyone can participate in our competition to find the best ideas for getting more MPG's out of a cars design.

Ideas can be simple, complex, fun or serious.

We have thought of one to get the ball rolling.

Mini wind turbines

Mini wind turbines that use the air and wind passing over or through the car to charge a battery that powers dual power cars that are partly powered by petrol or diesel engines with a secondary battery power unit which is recharged by wind passing through mini wind turbines in the front grill or on the roof of the car.

The battery power unit is charged by mini turbines driven by wind and air passing over, through, or past the moving car.

Then when say cruising or breaking the battery power unit can take over powering the car (or other vehicle).

The wind turbines could also be used to assist in breaking while at the same time absorbing power from the air instead of the engine assisting in breaking, reducing engine wear as well.

We have added a post about our mini wind turbine in cars idea to our motoring forum in the section "Ideas for More Fuel Efficient Cars".

How To Enter Your "Better MPG" Ideas?

It's really easy to enter your ideas.

At UK Traffic News we want to use Twitter is a constructive useful way not just for news, marketing or self-promotion.

So here is how you enter.

  1. Think up your ideas about how to get cars doing better MPG
  2. Post your idea in our motoring forum "Ideas for More Fuel Efficient Cars" section (see link above) by starting your on topic in that section. Give your forum post a short title that includes the gist of your idea and post the detail in the main part of your post.
  3. Tweet your idea on Twitter giving it a # tag such as we could use for our idea #carwindcharging and link to your better MPG design idea in your Twitter post(s).
  4. Also in your Twitter posts use the # tag #MPGCompetition so you can also see other peoples ideas
  5. This is about using Twitter for #SocialMediaBrainPower so mention that # tag in some of your posts too

Your ideas can be very serious or more on the fun side.

With millions of people on Twitter we think that there are Twitter users out there that have some amazing ideas about how to get better MPG from car design, that would help not only the car companies but benefit the planet and all of us.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your entries.

Other Ways To Get Involved

Even if you really cannot come up with your own idea you can still play an important part in the competition!

We need you to:

  • Comment, constructively, on other peoples ideas in the motoring forum
  • Retweet what you think are the best ideas in the #MPGCompetition
  • Help people submitting entries tweak their design suggestion for better MPGs for maximum impact

Car Companies Interested In Better MPG?

We are asking car companies that are interested in better MPG to get involved too.

UK Traffic News is approaching car companies to come up with some innovative prizes for the best ideas entered in the competition.

So watch this space about prizes!

Make a difference! Help design cars that do better MPG!

I had a moped 32 years ago that easily did 125 MPG. Surely after over 30 years we can get cars doing over 100 MPG!?


Abolition of the tax disc from 1st October 2014 and VED becomes non-transferrable

The Tax Disc Becomes Obsolete

If you weren’t already aware of the abolition of the road tax disc with effect from 1 October 2014 you need to be aware of this change which is one of the biggest changes in DVLA history.

History of the Vehicle Road Tax Disc

Vehicle tax was introduced in the 1888 budget and the current system of Vehicle Excise Duty became law in 1920 the funds raised by vehicle excise duty were ring fenced and used for road construction being paid directly into a special road fund between 1920 and 1937 after which it has been treated as general taxation not specifically earmarked for road development.

The road tax disc otherwise known as the vehicle tax disc has been around for 93 years since it was introduced in 1921. The first road tax discs were of a plain design of black ink on grey paper which vehicle owners had to cut out themselves. Colour was introduced to the road tax disc in 1923 and in 1938 perforations were added around the outside of the printed circle to make it easier for the circular tax disc to be extracted with display on your vehicle windscreen.

In 1942 perforations around the outer circle ceased only four years after their introduction for approximately a 10 year period after the factory containing the perforating equipment was reportedly bombed by the Germans during World War II.

The vehicle tax disc displays the vehicle excise duty paid and the month that the duty paid expires.

Before tax disc is issued valid insurance and MOT must be held for the vehicle concerned.

It is currently a legal requirement to clearly display the vehicle tax disc however from 1 October 2014 there is no requirement to display paper tax disc as the VED records will become fully computerised and managed via the vehicle registration procedures.

In fact the DVLA are advising vehicle owners to remove the tax disc from the windscreen and destroy it from 1 October 2014.

As you will no longer have a visual reminder clearly on your car it might be a wise move to opt for the direct debit option for payment to DVLA in order to avoid unwittingly failing to renew your VED on time. DVLA will still send you a renewal reminder but the direct debit payment option could make things a lot easier for many road users.

Road Tax (VED No Longer Transferrable from 1 October 2014

Another important change to be aware of from 1 October 2014 is that VED or road tax paid is non-transferable when a vehicle changes ownership.

When the DVLA receive the V5C from the seller any whole remaining months of VED paid will be refunded to the seller.

The purchaser will be required to purchase their own road tax (VED) or declare a SORN with effect from the date of purchase before they can use the vehicle, so plan ahead of your vehicle purchase to avoid problems.

End of an error as part of the government’s changes in order to reduce administration costs.

The times of a note in your windscreen saying “tax in the post” are over.

How To Pay Your Road Tax

From 1 October 2014 (5 October if setting up at a Post Office®), Direct Debit will be offered as an additional way to pay for vehicle tax. This will be available for customers who need to tax their vehicle from 1 November 2014:
•annually
•6 monthly
•monthly (12 months tax paid for on a monthly basis)

Provided an MOT remains valid, the payments will continue automatically until you tell DVLA to stop taking them or you cancel the Direct Debit with your bank. Valid insurance should also be in place for vehicles registered in Northern Ireland.

The Direct Debit will be cancelled and payments automatically stopped when you tell DVLA that you no longer have the vehicle, or the vehicle has been taken off the road and a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) has been made.


New Road Tax Rates From 1 April 2014

On UK Traffic News we aim to feature other driving information that is useful for drivers in addition to the latest traffic news.

Our section of road tax rates for taxing your car has been updated as the rates of tax have changed from 1 April 2014.

The majority of the car road tax bands have increased by £5.

Here is where you can find the list of road tax rates for renewing the road tax for your car from 1 April 2014.

Road tax is charged based on the CO2 emissions for your car and you can find the CO2 emissions for your car on the car's registration documents.