Important Changes to Driving Laws for 2018

By DRN Solicitors

06 Apr 2018

This year, there are eight new driving laws coming into force that you need to be aware of. Here we will look at what’s changing as the year progresses.

April

Diesel Car Tax

Diesel car drivers are bracing for a significant rise of their car tax. Unfortunately, no new diesel cars that are being produced will meet a new pre-determined emissions standard, meaning drivers who buy a new diesel car will be hit hardest by these changes.

Fortunately, if you’re already driving a diesel car, the tax hike won’t affect you.

Digital Driving Licence

As the world becomes more digital, it comes as no surprise that the government are looking at ways to update the driving licence. In 2015 the paper counterpart driving licence was abolished, with the licence now just being a photocard.

Motorway Laws

It is already illegal to drive in closed lanes; however, the new laws will help re-enforcement with the introduction of fixed penalties and increased monitoring.

May

MOT Exemption for Classic Cars

With most owners of such vehicles unlikely to be using them for everyday purposes, and the presumption that they take great car for the vehicles because of their passion for them, an MOT isn’t necessary.

New MOT Categories

A dangerous or major test result means automatic MOT failure. Minor faults are noted on the MOT and the car can still pass the test. These new standards are likely to make an MOT harder to pass and therefore have a positive impact on road safety.

Later in 2018

Diesel Trade in Incentives

Many car dealerships are already offering scrappage schemes and similar incentives with government backed policies likely to be introduced soon. If your car was manufactured prior to 2010, you are likely able to take advantage of a scrappage scheme that could provide you with significant savings against a new vehicle.

Driving at Night

New drivers are to face more restrictions when they pass their test from this year. Driving at night is seen as more dangerous for new drivers, who are already prone to accidents in their first two years of driving.

Learner Drivers on Motorways

Learner drivers will be able to practice on the motorway with an approved instructor, providing they are in a vehicle with dual controls. Coming in to force later this year, this new regulation should help to prevent motorway accidents involving new drivers.

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