This month saw the introduction of a series of new motoring laws by the government, laws that will impact upon the driving of the majority of motorists. With minimum penalties of six points plus fines of £200 (double the previous amounts), it’s worth being completely up to date about what the new rules entail.
We’ve taken a look at the new legislation:
- Using mobile phones behind the wheel. Because of the staggering amount of drivers being caught by the police using mobile phones, officials have introduced more severe fines as a deterrent. The £200 fine and six point penalty is the minimum that can now be expected for offending drivers. In addition, motorists will no longer be able to substitute the point’s penalty with participation in a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme (NDORS) and drivers still within two years of passing their driving test run the risk of having their licenses revoked completely if caught using a phone whilst driving.
- Using ‘any internet device’ behind the wheel. The new legislation doesn’t merely apply to mobile phone usage, but ‘any internet device’, essentially any phone, tablet, computer or other device that can be used to access the internet. This is in response to police officers reporting a surge in the amount of drivers caught texting, or using apps such as Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram and live-streaming while in charge of a vehicle. Again, offenders will be slapped with an immediate six point deduction plus a £200 fine. Importantly, this also counts for motorists using the devices whilst sitting stationary in traffic or at lights. It’s only safe to use your phone or device when safely parked off the road.
- Child seat law changes. Since the first of March, the use of child cushion booster seats has been restricted to older children only. Therefore any child under 125cm (4.1 feet) tall and less than 22kg (3.5 stone) in weight will have to use a proper child seat with a rigid back. Children will have to continue using an appropriate child seat until either 135cm tall (4.4 feet) or 12 years old. The reasons for this are because booster seats offer much less protection in the event of a collision – especially a side on crash, and could ultimately prove fatal to particularly young or small children.
For more news about the changes in legislation, visit the government website here.
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