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Government agencies support drive to keep motorists up to date on their journeys

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Motorists are being encouraged to not miss a thing and keep up to date on their journey by using digital radio.

DVLA and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) alongside the Department for Transport and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, are working in partnership with ‘Digital Radio’ to encourage motorists to keep up to date by using digital radio.

The government recently announced that new national stations will soon be launched, increasing listener choice. At the moment, drivers can pick up:

  • their available national digital stations
  • local digital radio stations available in their area
  • their available FM stations

The government has also announced the build of nearly 400 new DAB transmitters over the next 2 years. This means digital radio will have increased coverage across the UK, bringing DAB digital radio to around 7,000 kilometres of roads.

The BBC has also made a commitment to provide good in-vehicle coverage for motorways and major roads, as part of its rollout of national coverage to 97% of the population by the end of 2015.

New vehicles

Over 45% of all new cars are now fitted with a digital radio as standard, including cars from major vehicle manufacturers like Ford, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The number of people listening to digital radios in cars is growing fast thanks to 900,000 new vehicles being sold in 2013 with digital radios fitted as standard.

How to get your car converted

For more information visit your car dealer or car accessory retailer, or Digital Radio UK’s website.