The new motoring laws you need to know about from Spring 2018
There are a number of new and changing laws that all motorist need to be aware of from this May so here is a round up from out MotorNuts.
· New MOT system
As from May the MOT system will introduce new categories in theory making it harder to pass if you have any defects.
Issues will now be flagged as:
Dangerous and major will both deem fails. Minor, along with advisory issues that are noted now will be passed.
In addition Diesel Filters now form part of the check and daytime running lights will also be checked from now on. Vehicles over 40 years old will now be exempt from needing an MOT.
· Motorway misuse fines
With the increase of ‘smart motorways’ and the use of the hard shoulder in busy times drivers are also taking it upon themselves to ‘misuse’ the hard shoulder using it in non busy times when indicated closed (with the red X). Previously motorists have received warning letters of the cameras caught them using the hard shoulder but from now onwards they will be punished with a £100 fine and three penalty points on their license.
· Learner drivers – ON the motorway
As from June you will see L Plates on the motorway. Learner drivers accompanied by driving instructors with full dual control cars will now be allowed on the motorways as part of their lessons in order to better prepare them for once they’ve passed.
· New drivers – OFF the roads after dark
A quarter of car accidents which lead to death or injury occur from drivers between 17 and 24 and more than 40 percent of all fatal car accidents occur at night. With these startling figures it is now wonder that leaders are pushing to bring in new legislation banning young people and new drivers from driving at night.
· Digital driving licences
The DVLA are finalising the details to roll out the digital driving licence meaning drivers could soon never be without their licence with a version on every smart phone. The plans are to have this as well and not instead of the photo cards.
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