Don’t get caught unaware of the new motoring laws. The alterations to the UK driving laws in 2018 could affect all drivers. Failure to comply with these rules could lead to hefty fines and even points on your license. Here is an explanation of what changes to expect this year.

Red X Lane Closures

A red X above a lane indicates a temporary closure which may be due to an accident or road obstruction ahead. Drivers who ignore these road closures could receive a £100 fixed penalty notice and three penalty points. Automatic roadside cameras have been set up to catch motorists who are driving in closed lanes.

New MOT Regulations

The changes in 2018 that affect the MOT tests are the introduction of additional car parts that must be tested. Reversing lights are beginning to be tested this year. Aftermarket high definition headlamp bulbs have been outlawed. A diesel car with its DPF removed or tampered with will automatically fail the MOT test. Classic cars over 40 years old no longer need MOT testing.

The system grading the severity of the faults has been changed. The new evaluation system categorises faults as minor, major, or dangerous. A minor fault works the same. A car with a minor fault won’t fail the test due to that flaw. A dangerous fault fails the test and cannot be driven until the problem is repaired.

Driving Test Changes

Starting this year, the examiner will ask the driver to demonstrate how to operate part of the car controls that may not have been part of the test previously. For example, the examiner may ask the driver to show how to demist the windscreen.

Other changes include the addition of a section where the learner shows they can safely follow the directions from a sat nav. Drivers being tested will also have to reverse into a car park bay.

Learner Drivers on Motorways

The new regulations allow learners to drive on motorways. While driving on a motorway is not part of the standard driving test, instructors are being encouraged to introduce motorway driving as part of a learner’s practice.

Increased Diesel Car Tax

This month, the car tax for new diesel cars will go up as a measure to combat air pollution. Owners of diesel cars will face higher fees if their cars fail to meet a set emissions standard. The higher fees will not apply to cars that have been on the road prior to these changes. New diesel cars will be subjected to this standard. If they fail to meet the requirement, the owners could be on the receiving end of a £500 increase on the car tax.

Child Car Seats

There have been significant changes to the rules regarding child safety seats. All children must be in a child car seat until they are 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall. After a child has met either of those milestones, they can stop using a child car seat, but they must use a seatbelt.

All infants and toddlers younger than 15 months old must be in a rear-facing car seat. The new backless booster seats can only be used for children who weigh more than 22 kg or are over 125 centimetres tall.

Thank you for keeping our roads safe. If you have any questions regarding the MOT test, don’t hesitate to schedule your next MOT with our friendly and professional technicians. They will be happy to help you.