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Mary Rhodes with three stories from across the West Midlands. How safe are part-worn tyres? Are we falling out of love with our cars? And the motorcycle sidecar firm driving forwards.

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29 minutes

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Mon 3 Dec 2012 19:30
BBC One West Midlands

Which way forward for Britain's car and rail travel?

Which way forward for Britain's car and rail travel?

The BBC has been given the first look at research into something surprising that has been happening on Britain's roads over the past decade or more. 

 

The figures suggest that we might just be falling out of love with the motor car - that the car might have "peaked", because the average number of miles we all drive has been virtually the same since about 2002.

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website from BBC Transport Correspondent, Richard Westcott.

Has Britain fallen out of love with the car?

Has Britain fallen out of love with the car?

Is Britain's love affair with the car in decline and is transport policy on the right track?

 

Richard Westcott talks to 19-year-old Lee Vernon who explains why he thinks young men are driving fewer miles than in the mid-1990s.

 

Watch the video feature on the BBC News website,

On the Move

On the Move

A new report looks into the theory that our average mileage might have peaked because the average number of miles we drive has been virtually the same since about 2002

 

Read more about the RAC Foundation research report and find out about your region. 

Part-worn tyres

Part-worn tyres

Part-worn tyres are a cheaper way of keeping a car on the road, but an Inside Out investigation has found some garages are selling them illegally.

 

Watch the video feature on the BBC News website.

'Illegal tyres' being sold by garages

'Illegal tyres' being sold by garages

Part-worn tyres must meet minimum legal standards to ensure they are safe.

 

But seven test-purchases carried out by BBC Inside Out West Midlands found all used tyres sold to researchers failed to meet these basic requirements.

 

Read the full story on the BBC News website.

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