Three Driving Law Changes for 2018

law changes for 2018 A new year brings new legislation into force.  At MEB the Motor Centre, we’ve taken a look at the biggest motoring law changes for 2018 so that you know where you stand.

Driving Test

Perhaps the most publicised and controversial changes are around the driving test.  There are four changes which will affect you if you are taking your test in 2018:

  • Increased independent driving – from 10 to 20 minutes
  • New satnav section – candidates must follow directions from a satnav
  • Reversing manoeuvres
    • “reverse around a corner” and “turn in the road” have both been scrapped
    • You may be asked to:
      • Parallel park
      • Reverse in and drive out, or drive in and reverse out of a parking bay
      • Pull up on the right hand side of the road (against the flow of traffic), reverse for 2 car lengths and then rejoin the traffic
    • Safety questions
      • “tell me” questions will happen before you set off – for example how to find the correct air pressure for a car’s tyres and how to check them
      • “show m”e questions will happen on the move like how to operate the windscreen wipers

MOTs

In May 2018, classic cars will be exempt from MOTs.  Cars over 40 years old will not have to take the yearly road test. Around 1.5% of cars on the road will be driving legally without an MOT.

Drones

Ok, not strictly a vehicle but someone still has to pilot/drive it… The UK government is introducing new laws so that users will have to not only register their drones but take a basic online safety test in order to use it.  These changes come into play because of the health and safety fears surrounding these unmanned aircraft.

A look back at 2017 laws

2017 saw many changes in motoring laws, here’s a rundown on what laws were introduced in 2017:

  • March 2017 saw the introduction of new legislation in relation to using mobile phones behind the wheel.  It is now illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving or riding a motorbike, unless you have hands-free access.
  • April 2017 saw the introduction of new speeding laws in the UK and they are much tougher than they were before.
  • Road tax changes – The old system was largely scrapped in 2017.  It was replaced by a three band system and will applied to vehicles registered after 1st April 2017, so essentially new cars.  The aim of the changes is to make it fairer to for drivers with older or second hand cars.
  • There were new laws surround booster seats

MEB the Motor Centre is a local independent garage in Crouch End offering MOTs, repairs and services to all makes of car.

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