SIX driving laws that could affect you in 2018

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A LOT of new driving legislation has come in recently or is coming down the road in 2018.So here is a guide to what has changed and what’s on the horizon:

Driving tests

Driving tests were modified at the end of 2017 because road collisions are the biggest killers of young people between 15 and 24, so the test needed modernizing to make it more relevant to today’s driving.

Independent driving has been increased from 10 to 20 minutes to give the instructor time to see you can be in control of the vehicle.

The candidate must also answer two vehicle safety questions, known as the ‘show me, tell me’ section. They might, for example, be asked while driving to use the rear heated screen.


Learner drivers will also be allowed to drive on the motorway from later this year.

Motorway driving lessons will only be allowed with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls.

Andrew Jones, road safety minister, said: “Last year 1,732 people died on our roads. With over 90 percent of road traffic collisions caused by human error.” And so this is a way of making sure drivers aren’t as nervous once they have passed their test and know how to use motorways safely.

Diesel cars

From April 1 more than three million drivers will be affected by a tax hike on diesel cars. New cars will be divided into different CO2 bands and this will, in turn, determine to hose much tax you will pay in the first year of owning the car.

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This means that you could now pay anything from an extra £15 to £500 taxing a new diesel car compared to the standard vehicle excise duty charge. There are no new diesel cars on sale that meet the standards necessary, so at the moment they will all be subject to the increase.

Mobile phones

In March 2017, the penalties for using a handheld phone while driving increased to six points and a £200 fine. The case could also go to court and the maximum fine would be £1,000.


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