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Blog: Should parking on pavements be banned?

Car parked on pavement

New research shows 69% of people want a ban on pavement parking. Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy explains why she strongly supports a ban too.

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Will £200m pothole fund improve our roads?

A pothole and a car

Campaigners say a £200m fund for pothole repairs announced by the Chancellor in his 2014 Budget is not enough. We look at the state of the nation's roads.

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Blog: Smelly car solutions

Air freshener

If you own a malodorous motor, then don't worry: there are lots of cheap and easy solutions to your problem, as motoring journalist Maria McCarthy explains.

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Blog: Why it pays to keep your car clean

Blue car being washed by hand

Spring begins on 20 March this year. Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy looks at the financial - and even romantic - advantages of sprucing up your motor.

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Blog: Why I don't like Top Gear

Top Gear logo and presenters

Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy should like Top Gear - but doesn't. Is her lack of interest solely down to her gender? Confused.com's (male) car reviewer also shares his views.

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Meet Jude Currie: The 11-year-old car tax disc collector

Jude Currie with car tax discs

The youngster with a collection worth thousands of pounds says the government’s plan to scrap the tax disc later this year is a big mistake.

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Blog: Do noisy home appliances get on your nerves?

A kettle and a washing machine

Are noisy kettles, washing machines and fridges driving you to distraction? Maria McCarthy looks at a new scheme to certify quiet appliances.

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Traffic wardens: Friend or foe?

A traffic warden

Traffic wardens are much criticised yet 55% of them say they feel their presence is a welcome one. So are traffic wardens a motorist's friend or foe?

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Blog: Should cyclists be allowed to ride on pavements?

A cyclist, motorist and pedestrian

Cyclists who ride on pavements face a potential £50 fine. But are our roads so dangerous that cyclists should be allowed to mix with pedestrians, asks motoring journalist and cyclist Maria McCarthy.

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Blog: Will you miss the paper 'car tax' disc?

Car tax disc

Motoring journalist Maria McCarthy isn't at all pleased that the paper 'car tax' disc is to be abolished as of October 2014. How about you?

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Maria McCarthy

Maria McCarthy

Maria McCarthy is a motoring and lifestyle journalist and author of The Girls' Car Handbook and The Girls' Guide to Losing your L Plates published by Simon and Schuster. She's also a regular on BBC Breakfast news, and local and national radio, commenting on motoring matters. Her pet motoring hates are potholes and high fuel prices.

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