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Don’t neglect car maintenance during the Covid-19 pandemic


  1. Posted on April 7th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to ensure they keep cars in a safe, roadworthy condition during the current coronavirus pandemic.   Although the Transport Secretary issued an automatic six-month extension to any MoT certificates due from 30 March, it remains our responsibility to keep our cars in a roadworthy condition.   GEM road safety […]

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Wear your three-point seatbelt… or face a three-point penalty


  1. Posted on March 30th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   GEM Motoring Assist is calling on the Government to increase the penalty for drivers and passengers who do not wear a seatbelt on journeys.   GEM has for many years lobbied the Government to introduce tougher seatbelt offences. Now, with emergency services and hospitals at full stretch dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time […]

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Tips for self-isolating your car


  1. Posted on March 26th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   The current situation is involving us all in travelling less and households running several cars are looking to stop the use of at least one of them. Should you plan to take a car off the road temporarily, we hope that the following tips are useful:   1. SORN – if you decide to […]

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Coronavirus – road charges, driving tests and MOT changes


  1. Posted on March 25th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. The current pandemic is touching all of our lives. From a motoring perspective, Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that both the Congestion Charge and fees for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) were suspended from Monday, 23rd March. The reason is to assist the City’s critical workers to travel around the capital. TfL justifies its […]

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Now is not the time for excursions, days out and rides with the lads


  1. Posted on March 23rd, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is urging all road users to think twice before setting off on a day trip or a fun ride.   GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: “We are seriously concerned at the number of people choosing to ignore government advice by heading off on excursions, days out or holidays.   “Not […]

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GEM says ‘thank you’ to the emergency services and to delivery drivers


  1. Posted on March 19th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   GEM Motoring Assist is extending a massive ‘thank you’ to the emergency services, truckers, hauliers and delivery drivers who have continued to provide a fantastic service throughout the duration of the coronavirus crisis.   GEM acknowledges the tireless work done by drivers in the frontline of responding to emergencies, maintaining food and other supplies […]

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Reforms to smart motorways will help improve safety


  1. Posted on March 17th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.     Motoring organisation warns that many drivers who break down still face the prospect of being stranded in the carriageway.   GEM Motoring Assist has welcomed the government pledge to raise standards of safety on smart motorways.   GEM was one of many groups to express concern recently at the risks posed by the […]

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Response to the Budget announcement of making £2.5 billion available to repair 50 million potholes


  1. Posted on March 11th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2.   Comment from Neil Worth, road safety officer at GEM Motoring Assist: “We are delighted that the Chancellor is willing to pour £2.5 billion into potholes over the next five years. Potholes are a national disgrace, and have been allowed to proliferate all over the country, leaving so many stretches of road in a truly […]

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GEM offers tips for staying legal on London’s expanded network 20mph zones


  1. Posted on February 28th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is reminding drivers and riders that a blanket 20mph speed limit comes into force on Monday 2 March across all roads managed by Transport for London (TfL) in the central London congestion zone.   A total of 19 new roads have been added to TfL’s list of 37 roads, which includes Victoria […]

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Take extra care on roads after weeks of severe weather


  1. Posted on February 25th, 2020 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. GEM Motoring Assist is urging drivers to take extra care on journeys, especially where damage to road surfaces has created extra hazards.   As wet and windy weather continues, GEM is warning of safety risks caused by potholes made worse by rainwater on road surfaces, as well as reduced grip from the excessive amounts of […]

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