New driving laws for 2018
A rundown of the major changes set to hit the roads this year
by Abi Moses on 3rd March, 2018
This year is set to see a number of changes to UK driving laws that will affect all of us. Here at we take you through the major changes set to hit the roads in 2018, ensuring you aren't penalised for not keeping up with motor legislation.
Motorway misuse penalties
One of the more high-profile changes set to affect us all will be the introduction of new ANPR-based (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras on all major motorways. The new cameras will be used to monitor and subsequently prosecute the misuse of the hard shoulder and closed lanes.
Any drivers using a motorway lane closed with a red 'X' overhead will be picked up by the new cameras and will receive 3 penalty points and a £100 fine.
Driving test changes
Most new cars are fitted with a satellite navigation system as standard it was therefore just a matter of time until driving tests called on drivers to display an ability to follow sat- instructions.
As well as following the -, learner drivers will soon be expected to demonstrate the usage of a particular car feature, such as operating the windscreen wipers. Examiners will also ask new drivers to display the ability to reverse into a car park bay.
Learner drivers on motorway
This year learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways for the first time ever. As driving tests are to become more complex with the changes mentioned above, motorway driving will not be added to a driving test but simply included in lessons to enhance a learner driver's experience.
New MOT legislation
On May 20th several new MOT requirements will come into force. The Government resisted calls to extend MOTs on new cars from three years to four but will introduce a host of new conditions.
A new fault system will replace the old advisories with defects now classified as 'minor, major and dangerous'. Any car found to have 'dangerous faults' will not be allowed to leave the test centre until repaired. It is therefore advisable to find a garage that offers a reasonably-priced repair service.
For the first time, reversing lights will be tested and your vehicle can fail its MOT if the brake fluid is visually deteriorated. Classic cars over 40 years old are exempt from testing.
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