You may have seen recently in the news that there are lots of driving law changes coming in 2018! We’ve pulled together a list of the law changes coming your way, so you can keep a track of what’s going on and when to expect these changes to come into place.
New tax on diesel cars
If you’re looking at getting a diesel car then take note – in April this year, you will be facing a higher rate of tax. Those affected will be purchasers of diesel cars registered after April 1, 2018, which fail the Real Driving Emissions test (RDE), in which pollutants emitted by cars will be tested. Tax is based on your car’s emissions. Basically, the higher the emissions, the more your tax is. This is part of the government scheme to improve the air quality in the UK.
Digital Driving Licence
Whilst there isn’t lots of information surrounding the digital driving licence, we do know that last year a prototype was tested. The digital driving licence will be on your phone, or in the Apple Wallet. From what we do know, this will be used to support the photo card licence, not to replace it – so don’t throw away your card just yet! We will be sure to keep you updated on this law change as soon as we know more!
MOT changes are coming into play, and cars that are more than 40 years old will be exempt from having an MOT. This is because those who own older cars, tend to be car enthusiasts and maintain their cars well. The MOT test is getting harder to – with new marking criteria and more opportunities for faults to be found. You can check out our MOT changes blog for more info, and how the changes to the test may affect you.
Spring 2018 is seeing new laws for motorway driving. Whilst it is illegal to drive in a lane that is closed already, cameras will now be monitoring the motorway 24/7. Any drivers that are caught speeding or driving in the incorrect lane will be hit with a fixed penalty fine of £100 and can rise up to £2,500 depending on the nature and severity of the incident.
Learners on the motorway
This has been in discussion for some time and has been confirmed that it will come into place on the 4th of June this year. Learner drivers will be taking a new step in their lessons, by heading out onto the motorway! This is to help learners with the fear of motorway driving, as well as giving them a chance to build up their confidence.
Learner drivers looking to head onto the motorway will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor (ADI) and driving a car that has dual controls. Any motorway lessons will be voluntary. Have a look at our blog about this – for everything you need to know!
What else is happening?
It was recently announced that there are discussions around introducing a graduated driving licence. This means new drivers could have restrictions applied for the first 2 years after passing their test. This could include late night driving curfews, lower speed limits for newly passed drivers, and restrictions to how many passengers they can carry. Check out our blog on the proposal, for more information.