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Safe Motoring

Scottish towns and cities had the worst rates for major MoT failures in the UK last year, figures have shown. Motoring groups expressed alarm at the news, which they said suggested there were more unsafe cars on Scottish roads than elsewhere.

Dundee topped the test table for “major failures”, with 15.3 per cent of vehicles not getting an MoT certificate

Halfords Autocentres said the cost of repairs following failed tests had nearly doubled to an average of £143 compared with £82 some 18 months ago. The firm said that added up to a total bill of £1.44 billion for motorists. A survey found nearly a quarter of drivers just “keep their fingers crossed” and hope their car will pass.

Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association said: “It is of concern that a higher proportion of cars in Scotland are failing the MoT as this indicates that there are more unsafe cars on the roads in Scotland.” He said: “We have also found that 10 per cent of drivers are cutting back on servicing their car…

Rich Cars

When it comes to cars, the ultra-rich have never had it so good. More and more manufacturers are crafting ultra-expensive models for them, and the choice available to the plutocrat petrol head is greater than ever., reports the Independent

Last year alone saw Rolls-Royce launch its Phantom Drophead Coupe (yours for £250,000-ish), two new convertibles from Bentley (Azure or GTC, at £230,00 and £130,000 respectively), a brace of new Lamborghinis (£190,000 or so) and the Ferrari 599 Maranello (£172,000). In the next few months, customers can also put their names down for the new Mercedes McLaren SLR Roadster (£320,000) and the crazed Caparo T1 track car (£190,000) , the Maserati GranTurismo (a snip at £80,000) , the Aston Martin Vantage (£90,000) or Jaguar XK/R (£68,000).

* Maybach limousine Price tag: £267,000 Waiting list: Six months
* Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe Price tag: £250,000 Waiting list: Five years
* Bentley Azure Price tag: £230,000 Waiting list: Four months
* Ferrari 599…