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2018 will see many new driving laws come into force, while other long standing laws are set to change.

Driving Laws Are Changing - Are You Ready?

2018 will see many new driving laws come into force, while other long standing laws are set to change. Staying on top of changes could help you to avoid breaking any laws in the future.

DIESEL CARS - From April 2018, motorists buying a new diesel-fuelled car will pay more road tax. It is part of the "UK plan to tackle roadside nitrogen dioxide concentrations" act, published in July 2017. Nitrogen dioxide id the damaging gas that diesel cars produce, more so than petrol cars. It Is expected that this increase in tax will raise an extra £125 million in 2018-2019.

SMART MOTORWAYS - Smart motorways (formerly managed motorways) are the ones that run over four lanes with gantry signs overhead. They provide real-time speed limits to better regulate the flow of traffic. The fourth lane can be opened or closed at discretion to further relieve congestion. The new law applies to anyone driving in a closed lane on a smart motorway. It is already illegal, but the new now carries fixed penalties for drivers who drive in a closed lane.

LEARNERS ON MOTORWAYS - From June 4th, learner drivers can drive on the motorway. They'll only be allowed with their instructor, as long as they're in a vehicle with dual controls. This will pose a new risk for other road users and this could affect underwriting considerations in the future. It's at the instructor's discretion to take a learner on the motorway and this will not be included on the subsequent driving test.

NEW MOT TESTS - In May, significant changes are coming for MOT tests. Test results will be categorised into dangerous, major and minor. These changes could make it more difficult for a vehicle to pass its MOT. If a vehicle receives a dangerous or major fault, it will instantly fail the test. It the vehicle receives a minor, it will pass but this shall be noted on the MOT certificate issued to the vehicle owner. In addition to this, diesel particulate filters will also be included in the test for the first time. This particular change could have huge implications for commercial drivers, as most commercial vehicles run on diesel.