Lifestyle: New Driving Laws Are Here For 2018 And What They Mean For YOU


Every morning before I crack on with my day, I always check a number of news sites to see whats going on in the world. I think it’s because I’m a freelance journalist and blogger that makes me obsess over news stories, and I’ve found my interest has expanded from just fashion, beauty and food, to business, law and politics as of late.

One news story I found myself pondering over this morning was a feature in the Express, which reports that over the course of 2018, a number of new driving rules and laws are coming into force across the UK. They shared a list of the new and/or modified road rules coming into force this year, and how motorists could be punished, fined and affected by the changes.

I wanted to share some of them, as I feel so many of us have mixed knowledge on what we can and can’t do on the roads. I won’t lie: I’m a bad example. I’ve been on a speed awareness course because I thought the dual carriageway I was on went from 40 to 50 a lot earlier that it *actually* did, and I’ve received a parking fine in the past because I forgot to change the registration plate from the list of cars I have on my Pay By Phone parking app.

So I’m no road pro…

There are a lot of driving offences out there which are super easy to make, but the more clued up we are, then we just won’t make them. I tend to refer to David Philips in Liverpool website for a recap of the laws, and after my morning reading today, I decided to clarify a few new rules.

Every one needs refresh from time to time, right?

Pavement parking

A nationwide pavement parking ban has been proposed in the UK, which could see drivers flouting the rule land a £70 fine.

The Department of Transport is considering the overhaul of the law to make roads more accessible for pedestrians with pushchairs or in wheelchairs.

Currently pavement parking is only illegal in London and has been since 1974.

Under the new laws, it could become illegal to park on the pavement, unless the car has been granted explicit permission, across the country.

New MOT rules

From May 2018 the MoT test is set to get a shake up which will see the introduction of new failure and defect categories. The test will now categorise defects as either Minor, Major or Dangerous – a bit like the driving test!

Under the new rules drivers that receive a Major or Dangerous fault will automatically fail their MOT test. Drivers can still pass if they receive a Minor fault, but it will be noted down on the car’s MOT certificate.

In addition to this, from May any car that is 40 years old or older then it will no longer need an MOT certificate.

Graduated driving licence

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a graduated driving licence to be introduced.

A probationary period has also been proposed which would mean that certain restrictions are imposed on new drivers for up to two years after they pass their practical test.

Under the proposals drivers would be restricted from driving at night time and carrying passengers under 25 years of age unless supervised.

Similar restrictions have been implemented Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK.

Other moves include putting a limit on the engine size and power output to also help prevent accidents.

Currently if drivers clock up six points in their first two years they can face an instant ban from driving, compared to the usual 12.

Smart motorway

Drivers could soon be penalised in the UK for driving in a motorway land that is delineated by a red X. The red X refers to a lane closure, for example if there has been an accident further down the road.

Roadside cameras would automatically detect drivers flouting the rules and indues a fixed penalty notice of £100 and three penalty points.

Learner drivers motorway

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.

Currently, motorway driving training is only voluntary through the PassPlus scheme.

The move to allow new drivers to be trained on the Uk’s motorway network was proposed to help make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.

Learners will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls and the sessions will be voluntary and down to the discretion of the instructor to decide if the learner is competent enough.

Have you, your family, or friends ever had driving fines or penalties by misunderstanding the rules? Do let me know if so…

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