This year there are set to be a number of new driving laws introduced for drivers in a bid to make our roads safer. Over the next 12 months the UK will see a change in MOT tests and some big changes for new drivers.
Changes for New Drivers
In 2018, learner drivers will now be allowedon motorways if they are accompanied by an approved instructor and are in a car with dual controls. The date for this is not yet confirmed.
The driving test will also see these changes:
- You will be tested on one of the three manoeuvres: park in the bay – either driving in and reversing out, or reversing in and driving out; parallel park at the side of the road; pull up on the right-hand side of the road, reverse for two car lengths and re-join the traffic.
- The ‘Show me, Tell me’ section is also set to change. You will still be asked the ‘tell me’ question at the start of the test but the ‘show me’ question will be asked during the test – for example, “Show me how you would demist the front windscreen”.
A ‘Graduated Driving Licence’’ is also being proposed. This could ban young drivers from driving after dark, and hopefully reducing the rate of accidents involving young drink drivers.
It may also restrict the engine size for new drivers to avoid ‘’boy racers’’ and there are talks of adding a second driving licence to follow the probationary period.
MOT Tests change regularly to keep in-line with the standard for vehicle requirements in terms of environmental standards and vehicle safety.
This year there will be a major change this year, making the tests much more difficult to pass.
Dangerous, Major and Minor
Based on many factors, your vehicle will be rated as either ‘dangerous’, ‘major’ or ‘minor’.
One of the criteria concerns steering. So if your steering box is slightly leaking it will be granted as a minor fault. But, if the oil is leaking badly this will count as a major fault and the participant will automatically fail the test.
An example of a dangerous fault is when a steering wheel is ‘’likely to become detached’’. Dangerous faults are taken up with more urgency and if you gain one, you automatically fail the test.
Similarly to the dangerous faults, Major faults will also assign you an automatically failed MOT test.
The new laws also affect the regulations for diesel filters.
If a diesel filter looks tampered with or if it has been completely removed you will be granted an automatic fail.
They must refuse to test any car where the ‘’DPF canister has clearly been cut open and re-welded’’ unless the owner of the vehicle can prove it was done for ‘’legitimate reasons such as filter cleaning.’’.
Filters that give out visible coloured smoke will gain an automatic fail.