From Monday 4 June 2018 learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales, although it will not be compulsory for everyone to do so. The aim is to help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
Since 2006, young drivers in Wales have been able to participate in Pass Plus Cymru, an enhanced version of Pass Plus, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) post-test course. Ever since the scheme was conceived, the Welsh Government has provided road safety grant funding to local authorities to enable young drivers in Wales to contribute just £20 to the cost of attending Pass Plus Cymru.
Consisting of an interactive workshop followed by a practical element, the course has traditionally involved driving in town, on rural roads and on dual carriageways; areas that many young drivers may have already covered in their driving lessons. Pass Plus Cymru builds on these skills and teaches drivers how to deal with a wide range of situations that they may not have encountered whilst learning to drive, including driving on motorways.
The Department for Transport has announced innovative new laws which will mean people can use technology like remote control parking on British roads from June.
Changes to the Highway Code and relevant regulations were consulted on earlier this year and received overwhelming support from a range of groups including manufacturers, insurance groups and haulage companies.
Developments like remote control parking and motorway assist have the potential to transform car travel for those with mobility challenges, unlocking tight parking spaces and using computers to help driver accuracy on the road. Not only that, but technology has the potential to make driving more energy efficient meaning cheaper, cleaner journeys, with improved air quality for both drivers and pedestrians.
DVLA has confirmed that they do not send emails or text messages that ask you to confirm personal details or payment information such as for a vehicle tax refund.
With so many more transactions now available online, it can sometimes be tricky to remember exactly what you have applied for. However, if you receive anything purporting to be from DVLA don't open any links and delete the email or text immediately.
Beware also of misleading third party websites passing themselves off as DVLA. These sites might, for example, offer to help you apply for a driving licence, tax your car or connect you to our contact centre. These sites will often charge additional fees for services that you can get for free or at a lower cost on GOV.UK.
As we know, owning and running a car is expensive, and if you find that you are using the car less and less as you get older, the cost of tax, insurance, servicing, MOT, repairs and fuel will be far greater than using public transport, or even a taxi.
For many people it may make good financial sense to use their money for other ways of getting about, instead of running a car, especially if they don’t drive very much.
RoSPA’s new Cost Calculator can help to estimate how much it costs to run a car and how much would be needed to spend on public transport. It then estimates how much money this would provide every month, or year, for three years to use for public transport.
Police Forces across Wales are working together to deliver the All Wales Seatbelt Campaign, warning drivers they are risking their lives by not wearing belts, and cracking down on motorists and passengers who refuse to belt up.
Not wearing a seatbelt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. As a driver you are responsible for ensuring that passengers under the age of 14 are wearing a seatbelt, or using the correct child restraint for their height and age.
Although most road users are fully aware of the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt, police officers throughout Wales will be clamping down on those who continue to ignore the law, endangering all road users.
From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test.
Learner drivers will need to be accompanied by an approved driving instructor in a car fitted with dual controls. Any motorways lessons will be voluntary, and it will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.
Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway, and the changes only apply to learner drivers of cars; learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
On 1 March 2017 the penalties for using a mobile phone whilst driving doubled to a £200 fine and six points. One year on the Department for Transport have reported that more than 26,000 motorists – including 500 novice drivers who had their licences revoked – have been caught using a mobile phone since tougher penalties came into force.
One year on THINK! is highlighting the chances of being caught in a series of adverts which will run on radio, social media, on demand video and in shopping centres, as part of its ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone whilst driving.
Almost 2,000 motorists – 74% of whom were male – were handed fines as part of a national crackdown between 22-28 January, organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
The DVSA has launched a new online service allowing buyers of used cars to check if a vehicle is subject to a safety recall.
The new service, which uses real-time data supplied by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), allows anyone wanting to buy a used car, and existing car owners, to use the vehicle registration number to check if it may have a serious safety problem.
More than eight million used cars were sold in the UK during 2016, with figures from the SMMT suggesting that as many as one in 13 vehicles has an outstanding safety recall.