Changes To Driving In 2018 That You Need To Know
Throughout 2018, several changes are happening to the UK motor industry. From MOTs to driving licences to traffic laws, it is important to make sure you stay up to date with the changes to avoid breaking the law and making sure you do not incur a fine.
So, what are the changes in 2018 that you need to know?
Four motoring changes in 2018
1. Digital driving licences
Digital driving licences were introduced as a prototype last year and in April will be available to access on your phone. The photo card will still be issued. However, the digital licence will support the physical card. If it takes off, digital driving licences seem logical as phones can safely store the necessary sensitive information.
2. MOTs scrapped for cars over 40-years-old
From May, classic vehicles (cars over 40-years-old) will be exempt from an MOT test. This is a controversial new law. The reason behind this is that those who have cars older than 40-years-old are likely to be enthusiasts who maintain their vehicles. There is also evidence that cars have lower accident rates and MOT failure rates statistically too. As with any vehicle, the owner will be legally obligated to keep the car safe for the road.
3. Trade-in diesel schemes
Since the success in 2017, lots of companies are offering excellent scrappage deals in 2018 for diesel cars. For many of the plans, the diesel car must be registered before 2010 and comply with Euro emission standards. However, there are considerable savings to make with £2,000 off new eco-friendly vehicles and £7,000 off new environmentally-friendlier vans. By shopping around for the best scheme, you can enjoy a new car for less and reduce your carbon footprint.
4. Learners on motorways
In 2018, learner drivers will be able to have driving lessons on the motorway. The idea behind this change with to give learner drivers essential driving experience before their test and helps to build their confidence. However, this will mean motorway drivers will need to be more aware of the potential hazard of learner drivers on motorways. Learner drivers will only be able to drive on the motorway if an approved driving instructor accompanies them. The driving instructor must also have a vehicle with dual controls.