Fears motorists are unaware about new driving laws

Changes to driving licences, drug-drive limits and speed limits have already taken place so far this year

Fears motorists are unaware about new driving laws
Smoking in cars with children under the age of 18 will become illegal later this year.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is warning people to be ready for a host of law changes in the UK and fear many are totally unaware of what’s in store.

A new scheme in London will be introduced later this year on 1 September that ensures all lorries and construction vehicles over 3.5 tonnes are fitted with basic safety equipment.

The Safer Lorry Scheme, which will be enforced by the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency, will aim to tackle the number of fatal collisions involving cyclists and pedestrians.

The scheme will run 24 hours a day across the city and any drivers found in charge of a non-compliant vehicle may be issued with a £50 penalty notice and a potential £1000 fine at the Magistrates Court.

Upcoming changes to driving laws will also see smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18 becoming illegal from 1 October, with potential fines and penalties expected to be announced closer to the time.

Sarah Sillars, IAM chief executive officer said: “This year has seen some of the biggest changes in motoring procedures we have ever seen.

“It is very important drivers and riders are fully up-to-date on what is happening – they will affect everyone in one way or another. So don’t get caught out, get informed.”

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