Motorists should be aware of three major changes which are due to come in during 2019 affecting how they are required to drive and the roadworthiness of their vehicle. These include sharing the road with cyclists, motorway driving and MOT requirements.
1. The new Highway Code rules define the amount of space a driver must leave when overtaking a cyclist. There should be a 1.5m tolerance between the vehicle and the cyclist, say the width of a car door. If you are not a cyclist, it is difficult to understand how they may feel when you are overtaking.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents offers advice for drivers and cyclists and the rules of the road. Violation of the new rules carries a fine of up to £100 and a potential three-point penalty on your licence.
2. New legislation referring to smart motorway driving will also affect drivers as will the arrival of learner drivers on UK motorways. Drivers could receive three points on their licence for driving under a red X signal and could also be fined up to £100. Penalties for breaking smart motorway rules are also being tightened.
3. Crucially, changes to new MOT rules are likely to be the changes which impact vehicle owners over 2019. Although the changes were introduced last year, 2019 is going to be the year when many vehicles are assessed under the new rules. The new categories include vehicles assessed as a direct risk to road safety or the environment.
MOT testers will probably look at their motor trade insurance at sites such as
https://www.quotemetoday.co.uk/motor-trade-insurance in light of these changes.
So far as the driver is concerned, there will be stricter rules on diesels, relating to the diesel particulate filter. Passing or failing will also depend on the introduction of new categories and a vehicle will pass or fail depending upon whether it is deemed dangerous, major or minor.
Testers can still offer advice on repairs needed in the future but still pass the vehicle. Higher standards will apply across tyres, brake operations and lighting systems. Vehicles over 40-years-old no longer require an MOT certificate, unless they have undergone a serious re-modification.
Motorists will need to be aware of the changes and how they are applied.