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New Road Laws and MOT Changes in 2019

Added: 13 February 2019

Drivers now face tougher road laws and changed to the MOT system going into 2019. 

Passing Cyclists 

Drivers have always known to keep clear of cyclists on the road and take precaution when overtaking but, now driving too close to a cyclist could land you a £100 fine if you dont leave them enough room. The highway code states drives should stay clear of cyclists at least 1.5m. 

Smart Motorway Fines 

The goverment is expected to introduce a new fine for drivers who decide to use the closed lanes on smart motorways. These lanes are marked with a red 'X' in the automated signs above, these can be marked for many reasons from accidents to ease congestion. Driving down closed roads could land you with an £100 fine and 3 points on your license. 

Motorway Driving for Learners

Motorways are now used in lessons for learner drivers, this will help gain confidence of driving in busy conditions and help them familarize themselves with long distance driving. Although, it's not a requirment, motorway driving is proven to help learner drivers in passing their test. 

Graduated Driving Licences 

At the moment, new drivers who have only had a licence for less than two years face stricter penalties for offences such as using their mobile phone whilst driving. The graduated licence approach will be trialed in Northern Ireland, if successful will roll out into the UK. Restrictions for new drivers could focus on; 

Curfews: times where new drivers aren't allowed to be on the road 
Passengers: limits for how many passengers are allowed in the car 
Engine Sizes: limit on the size of the engine type 
P Plates: made mandatory to use upto 2 years 
Alcohol: lower limits for new drivers 

MOT Rule Changes 

MOT categories for cars being tested have been changed since May this year, which many people aren't aware of. 

Dangerous: Direct risk to road safety/enviroment and results in a fail. 
Major: Could affect safety/enviorment results also in a fail. 
Minor: No effecr on safety however, this should be repaired as soon as possible. 
Advisory: Could have bad effects in future. 
Pass: Meets regulations.