Motoring rules 2019


Are you up to speed on the new motoring rules that could affect your driving in 2019? Driving laws are always changing and adapting and 2019 will be no different. Here is a list of some rules to be aware of in the coming year.

Passing Cyclists

More and more people are using bicycles as their mode of transport. For health reasons, environmental reasons or financial reasons, we are seeing more cyclists on the roads. Therefore new rules could be introduced to tackle safety concerns of both motor vehicle drivers and cyclists.

According to cyclist deaths have reduced over the years with 101 being killed in 2017 compared to 2010-2014. But serious injuries have increased. To promote cycling as a safe travel option the Government are addressing concerns by considering new rules.

The changes to the Highway Code could include something called the ‘Dutch Reach’ where, instead of drivers opening their car door with the right hand, they use their left. This is said to force a set of responses such as reaching, swiveling and looking back, forcing the driver to then check carefully for oncoming cyclists. Also, drivers in Spain, Germany and France must leave a bigger distance of 1.5m passing distance for cyclists.

The Highway Code does address cyclists but it is considered necessary to make it clearer and for more consideration to be given in the future.

Smart Motorways

The changes in rules regarding smart motorways have been underway for some time. The Government are considering fines of up to £100 for motorists driving in lanes which have been closed on a smart motorway.

MOT Rules

Changes to the MOT came into force in May 2018 and will affect any MOT’s going forward. You can read our blog here.

Rules on Diesel Car Tax

New rules came into force in April of this year , which we wrote about here.

Instead of being fixed, Vehicle Excise Duty is now calculated based on the car’s carbon dioxide emission. This is something to take into consideration when purchasing a new car in 2019.

Happy driving and a wonderful 2019 and if you need to contact us you can do so here