Laws Of The Road

laws of the road

Every year, the laws of the road are changed, to accommodate new legislation. Are you and your fleet staying up to date?

What’s new in UK driving laws in 2018?

MOT changes

This year, MOT testing has seen a shake-up. There’s a new system in place which categorises faults according to their severity. Faults will need receive a Minor, Major or Dangerous rating. Major or Dangerous warnings will now result in an automatic failure of the MOT test.

Red X Lane Closures

A red X over a lane indicates that the lane is closed, as there is a hazard further up. It can be tempting to stay in that lane until the hazard is in view, giving yourself time to switch lanes. Beware. If drivers are caught doing this now, it could result in an automatic fine of £100 and three penalty points.

Speeding fines

The most important thing to note is that drivers can be disqualified, if they build up 12 penalty points within a period of three years. The minimum penalty is £100 and three penalty points. Drivers must be notified within 14 days, if they’re caught speeding. If caught by police, details of the penalty can be sent to you or the case can go straight to court.

Graduated driving licence

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for certain restrictions to be placed on drivers for two years after they have passed their test. E.g. banning new drivers from driving at night time. This is another bid to look at ways to improve driver safety on UK roads.

Tax for diesel cars

Looking at buying a new diesel car? There’s a chance it will have been targeted by inflated fees. This has been introduced in an effort to meet Real World Driving Emissions which are being introduced to test the emissions of cars on real roads, rather than in laboratories.

As the standard is not being enforced until 2020, consider that no new cars for the next two years will meet those standards, hence an inflation in tax on diesel cars.

Regardless of whether your fleet contains diesel vehicles, our aim at fuelGenie is to help you to run the most fuel-efficient fleet possible. If you haven’t considered a fuel card yet, now is a great time to introduce them and their benefits into your business.

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