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Six new driving laws that could affect motorists in 2018

February 28 2018

UK Driving Law often changes to accommodate rising levels of congestion, accident reduction, and vehicle maintenance. This year, more legislation affecting motorists is set to happen; as a result, Grahame Stowe Bateson have chosen the most important ones that could affect drivers in our Yorkshire region:

New MOT legislation

The updates to MOT’s will introduce new factors to be tested. Some factors that will result in failure include:

·         Cars with their Diesel Particulate Filters tampered with or removed

·         Aftermarket high definition headlamp bulbs are banned

·         Faulty reversing lights

·         If the brake fluid is visually deteriorated

·         In addition to these, classic cars over the age of 40 will be exempt from testing

The new MOT testing system will judge faults with minor, major, and dangerous grades. Minor faults will carry on with the usual advisory system and won’t equal failure, however a dangerous fault will mean the car can not be driven away from the test centre until the repairs have been made.

Penalties for misusing motorways

An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera system will seek to capture those who misuse the hard shoulder. Should the hard shoulder be closed or signed with a red cross above it when a motorist uses the lane, the ANPR system will activate a £100 penalty and three license points which will be associated with the owner registered to the number plate.

Tax rises for diesel cars

Diesel cars that aren’t compliant with the Euro 6 emissions standard will receive an increase on first year car tax by one tax bracket from the 1st of April.

Children’s car seats

There are to be substantial changes to child safety when it comes to driving:

·         New models of backless booster seats will only be suitable for children taller than 125cm or weighing more than                   22kg

·         All children below 15months of age must be in a backwards-facing seat when travelling

·         A child car seat is compulsory until the child reaches the age of 12 or 135cm tall; whichever happens first

·         Once over the age of 12 or 135cm tall, a seatbelt must be worn whilst travelling

We hope that you have found this useful; it is important to be aware of these rules when they are enforced as it could affect you significantly if you are caught breaching them. Fines, points on the license, damages, insurance pay-outs and even prosecution are all potential possibilities that could occur as a result. Should this be the case, Grahame Stowe Bateson offer legal representation for motorists potentially receiving charges or prosecution for a driving related offence. Visit our page on motorist representation for more information. Alternatively, to speak to one of our dedicated teams of solicitors, visit our contact page to find a solicitor close to you.

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