2018 is set to be a year of new driving laws and regulations. As classic car insurance brokers, we feel it’s important for our customers to be aware of how the industry could change. From a ban on pavement parking to an increase in diesel tax, we’re covering five regulations that have been proposed or put into effect.
Changes to MOT
From May, the MOT test is being changed to include new failure and defect categories. The defects will be categorised as either minor, major or dangerous. If any driver receives a major or dangerous fault they will automatically fail their MOT test. Motorists can still pass if they receive a minor fault, though it will be noted on the car’s MOT certificate.
Other changes include the limits for diesel cars being lowered, making it harder to pass. For example, if the exhaust of a vehicle fitted with a diesel particulate filter emits visible smoke of any colour the car will be given a major fault.
In addition, any car that’s 40 years or older won’t need an MOT certificate.
Pavement parking ban
A ban on pavement parking has been proposed in the UK, with drivers receiving a £70 fine if they ignore the rule. Proposed by the Department of Transport, the law is meant to make roads more accessible for pedestrians in wheelchairs or with pushchairs.
The current law is that pavement parking is only illegal in London. If the new law was passed then a car could only park on the pavement if the owner was given explicit permission.
Graduated driving licence
Theresa May has called for a graduated driving licence, which could affect new drivers. A probationary period has been proposed, meaning restrictions would be put in place. For example, drivers would be restricted from driving at night and carrying passengers under 25 unless supervised. Other alterations include limiting engine size and power output in an effort to reduce accidents.
Tax on diesel vehicles
As revealed in the Autumn Budget by Chancellor Philip Hammond last year, changes to car tax have come into effect as of April. The change is focused on reducing air pollution from diesel cars. Under the new law, customers that buy and register new diesel vehicles could face paying £500 more if they registered before April 1st.
Learner drivers allowed to drive on motorways
As of the 4th June, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways across the UK. The current law is that motorists can only have motorway lessons after they’ve passed their test.
The change comes as a way of making sure drivers know how to use the motorway safely. Learners will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor and driving a car fitted with dual controls. The lessons will be voluntary and up to the driving instructor.