Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance scam

Fraudster couple funded champagne lifestyle of exotic holidays and a plush home in 1million insurance and benefits scamElina Jaksone and Gagik Manucharyan exploited other immigrantsPromised to get them car insurance but lied to secure cheaper dealsCheated taxpayers out of 340,000 by failing to report earnings to HMRCSpent cash on holidays in Jamaica By Hugo Gye and Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 13:09 GMT, 10 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:04 GMT, 11 April 2013 An immigrant couple who enjoyed a champagne lifestyle have been jailed for what is believed to be the biggest car insurance scam of its kind in Britain. Latvian Elina Jaksone and her Cypriot partner Gagik Manucharyan raked in close to 1million by duping hundreds of innocent motorists with a ‘ghost’ insurance scheme. They offered cut-price insurance by using false details, leaving customers involved in accidents totally exposed and without any of the coverage they paid for

M25 crash: Two lorry drivers arrested after motorist killed in horror crash

Two lorry drivers arrested after motorist killed in horror crash on M25 causing rush hour chaos Lorry drivers arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous drivingAt least eight vehicles involved in the pile up on the motorway near LakesideM25 closed until further notice clockwise between J29 and J30Motorists were trapped for up to five hours as casualties airlifted to hospital Nine mile tailbacks from accident back to J27 By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 16:38 GMT, 2 April 2013 | UPDATED: 20:20 GMT, 2 April 2013 A motorist has died after an horrific car crash on the M25 which is causing rush hour chaos this afternoon. Eight vehicles are reported to have been involved in the pile up on the motorway near Lakeside in Essex at around 12.30pm. Two lorry drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving

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.

Sainsbury"s to spark supermarket petrol price war by cutting unleaded by 4p and diesel by 3p from today

Sainsbury's to spark supermarket petrol price war by cutting unleaded by 4p and diesel by 3p from todayOther retailers will follow suit as many struggle to afford to run a carIt comes after months of rises with 5p alone added in the past monthChancellor being urged to scrap 3p-a-litre fuel duty rise in upcoming budget By Martin Robinson PUBLISHED: 16:04 GMT, 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 03:42 GMT, 13 March 2013 Sainsbury's may have sparked a supermarket petrol price war today by dropping its fuel prices likely forcing other retailers likely to follow suit. From today, the cost of petrol at its 279 forecourts across the UK will dip by 4p a litre, with diesel being reduced by 3p a litre. Sainsbury's head of fuel Richard Crampton said: 'We know that fuel is a big part of many customers' weekly budget so we're keen to do anything we can to help.' Price battle: Sainsbury's has cut the cost of fuel from today, with other retailers likely to follow suit The move is likely to spark a similar response from its rivals as latest petrol price figures show the cost of filling up is continuing to put the squeeze on motorists, going up by another 5p a litre in February alone

RAC launches device that will warn motorists of faults in cars before vehicles break down

That'll stop the emergency calls! RAC launches device that will warn motorists of faults BEFORE their car breaks downThe RAC Advance transmits data about a car before and after every journeyIf car breaks down it will automatically alert recovery team with informationTiny black box is size of a matchbox and works using car's computer system By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 18:53 GMT, 10 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:01 GMT, 10 March 2013 The RAC is to launch a device that will warn motorists about faults in their cars before they break down. The matchbox-sized device, called the RAC Advance, transmits data about the car before and after every journey by slotting slots into a car's computer system. The automated system means that drivers then receive a phone call, text or email telling them there's a fault with their car.

How much driving convictions add to your insurance bill: Premiums can more than double for drink-drivers

How much driving convictions add to your insurance bill: Premiums can more than double for drink-drivers Those caught drunk at the wheel face paying 115% more on car insuranceMost common offence of speeding increases premiums by more than a thirdUninsured drivers pay 131% more than they would have paid in the first case By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 02:00 GMT, 27 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:03 GMT, 27 February 2013 Drivers can see their insurance premiums double as a result of motoring convictions, research reveals today. Those caught drunk at the wheel face paying 115 per cent more, while defective tyres invite a 69 per cent penalty. Speeding, which accounts for almost two thirds of offences, increases premiums by more than a third.

Manchester United star Paul Scholes has car stolen on driveway after he left it defrosting

Manchester United star Paul Scholes has car stolen from driveway after leaving engine running to defrost windowsThe former England star's Chevrolet Captiva LT 2 Estate was stolen He had left it running on his driveway in Oldham, Greater Manchester By Steve Nolan PUBLISHED: 09:19 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:03 GMT, 29 January 2013 Manchester United star Paul Scholes had his 30,000 car stolen after he left the engine running while defrosting it on his driveway yesterday. The 38-year-old former England midfielder had gone back inside his home while ice melted on the windscreen of his Chevrolet Captiva LT 2 Estate. When he came back out of the house between 7.45am and 8am the car had gone

Cost of petrol set to rise by up to 5p a litre as stations pass on increase in wholesale prices

Cost of petrol set to rise by up to 5p a litre as stations pass on increase in wholesale prices 1p of rise in wholesale prices has been passed on at many petrol stationsRetailers insist they are not to blame for the 5p price riseAA attacked fuel industry for failing to pass on 2p fall in diesel wholesale costs that was worth 2.5p at the pump By Ray Massey PUBLISHED: 01:59 GMT, 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 02:00 GMT, 25 January 2013 Motorists are facing more pain at the pumps, with increases of up to 5p a litre, the AA warned. Already 1p of the rise in wholesale prices has been passed on at many petrol stations – leaving another 4p to come.

Almost 6,000 drivers have licences torn up because they cannot SEE the road properly

Almost 6,000 drivers have licences torn up because they cannot SEE the road properlyNumber of motorists banned from driving for poor eyesight jumps 10 per cent in a yearLabour MP Meg Munn calls for 'robust measures' to ensure road safety In 2010 poor eyesight caused 2,874 road accident causalities By Matt Chorley, Mailonline Political Editor PUBLISHED: 10:53 GMT, 29 December 2012 | UPDATED: 10:53 GMT, 29 December 2012 Almost 6,000 drivers have been banned from the road because they cannot see properly, new figures show. The number of licences revoked or blocked soared by 10 per cent higher in 2011, amid growing fears about the eyesight of thousands of people who climb behind the wheel. Officials tore up 5,285 licences for cars and motorbikes and 685 lorry and bus drivers last year because holders could not pass a standard eye test