Changes to motoring laws announced by the DVLA

Changes to motoring lawsThe Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has today announced that there are new changes to the rules affecting drivers in the UK.

They include changes to what you are allowed to drive, the minimum age from which some vehicles can be driven, and driving licence card validity periods for some driver groups.  The changes will mainly affect motorcyclists, lorry, bus and minibus drivers and those who tow trailers.

The DVLA has also announced that they will introduce a new style driving licence.  The changes are in respect of the format of the licence, for example all vehicle categories will be listed on the back of the licence with dates against those you are entitled to drive or ride. You won’t be entitled to drive any category of vehicle that has lines instead of dates.

On the whole, the new rules will not affect the entitlement of existing drivers if their licences were granted before 19 January 2013. They will affect new drivers from 19 January 2013 onwards.

Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/changes-to-the-driving-licence-and-categories

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