Drivers face MoT failure and rising repair bills as European rules impose 20 additional safety checks on brakes, steering, and lighting

Drivers face MoT failures and rising repair bills as EU imposes twenty ADDITIONAL safety checks on brakes, steering, and lightingThousands of drivers who ignore dashboard warning-lights face the chargesThe European rule changes reflect the massive growth in in-car electronics New changes aim to establish minimum technical standards across Europe but on an advisory-only basis. From today any defects could mean a failed test. Rory Carlin, of Halfords Autocentres, said: 'We have been preparing for these changes and offering advice to motorists for more than a year now in order to help them stay on the road and ensure the safety of the vehicles they drive.

"We were inches from certain death": Family-of-four"s lucky escape as their car explodes seconds after they dive out of burning car

'We were inches from certain death': Family-of-four's lucky escape as their car explodes seconds after they dive out of burning car Stuart and Luesa Tasker rescued their daughters with seconds to spareFord Escort burst into a fireball without warning in LincolnshireBaby Ayda-Mai managed to sleep through the whole ordeal By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 13:04 GMT, 20 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:28 GMT, 20 February 2013 A young family escaped their burning car with seconds to spare when it burst into flames while they were driving then exploded seconds later. Stuart Tasker, 26, and his wife Luesa, 23, were travelling back from a friend’s house in Lincolnshire with their young children Amili, two, and 11-week-old Ayda-Mai when they began to smell burning. Tattoo artist Mr Tasker today described the terrifying ordeal, which his newborn daughter Ayda-Mai managed to sleep through

Join our gang – it"s grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drain

Join our gang – it's grate! Trio of raccoons pictured with their heads poking out of drainRow of cute creatures in grate pictured in California Raccoons were caught in the act by passing motorist | UPDATED: 22:52 GMT, 27 December 2012 They tend to make their beds in the hollow of a tree.

Christmas cul-de-sac where the festive light displays are so big they drain the power grid

The cul-de-sac that's just too Christmassy: Residents put up so many festive light displays they're a drain on the power gridDorset cul-de-sac has been branded 'Britain's most festive street'Astonishing light display attracts thousand of sightseers from miles awayRunton Road uses so much electricity at night it hits the local gridEach household pays roughly an extra 50 to run the incredible display | UPDATED: 17:23 GMT, 13 December 2012 It started out as a bit of friendly rivalry between two neighbours at Christmas time. But the festive competition of putting up Christmas lights outside the two homes led to a ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ response from the rest of the Dorset cul-de-sac

Amazing Christmas lights that take a month to put up illuminate suburban street

It's a cracker: Incredible 100,000 festive light display which takes electrician ONE MONTH to build Stunning festive display in Melksham, Wilts, takes a month to put up and costs 30,000 | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 10 December 2012 Alex Goodhind was so determined his Christmas decorations would be the best ever this year, he took more than four weeks off work to prepare them. And with more than 180,000 bulbs, a searchlight that can be seen for almost four miles and an estimated 1,000 electricity bill for the month, he certainly didn’t disappoint. Indeed, his neighbours say you can see this extraordinary collection from space

Festive family adorn Bristol home with 20,000 Christmas lights display featuring reindeer, Santas and even a snow machine

Festive family adorn their home with 20,000 Christmas lights display featuring reindeer, Santas and even a snow machine Twin brothers Paul and Lee Brailsford have decorated house for 16 yearsWallace and Gromit turned on 2012 display which costs 450 a day to run | UPDATED: 13:07 GMT, 3 December 2012 A grandmother's semi-detached house has been transformed into a winter wonderland after her builder sons spent weeks decorating it with tens of thousands of Christmas lights.

Pictures show schoolboy and couple pushing pram darting over level crossing in Crawley as barriers come down

What were they thinking Police warn about dangers of level crossing after schoolboy and couple pushing pram risk their lives Transport Police say consequences could have been 'horrific'Four deaths in five years at danger crossing in Crawley, Sussex | UPDATED: 15:39 GMT, 28 November 2012 This is the moment a school boy diced with death by running over a deadly level crossing as the barriers came crashing down. Another reckless couple were caught on camera pushing their baby’s buggy over the crossing despite the red warning lights clearly flashing in front of them