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DVLA introduces changes to driving licences

Friday 7th December 2012

DVLA is introducing a series of new rules relating to driving licences, and a new style driving licence, in January 2013.

The new rules will be introduced from 19 January 2013 and will include changes to what vehicles can be driven, the minimum age from which some vehicles can be driven, and driving licence card validity periods for some driver groups.

The new rules affect drivers who have applied for provisional entitlement to drive, or pass a driving test from 19 January 2013. They will not take away an existing driver’s entitlement to drive if it was granted before that date, although some of the new rules may still apply.

The new rules concern motorcycles, mopeds and tricycles, drivers of buses and lorries, and new trailer restrictions for car and small vehicle drivers.

How the rules will affect motorcycle and moped riders depends on whether they are a new rider after the rules take effect, or an existing rider. Motorcycle and moped riders will be allowed to ride any vehicle listed on their licence category – click here for more details.

Drivers of buses and lorries who have passed their test in categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, after 19 January 2013 will get a licence valid for five years. Every five years up to the age of 45 these drivers will need to sign a declaration to show they meet the required medical standards. After 45, they will need to provide a medical examination report every five years to renew their driving entitlement.

From 19 January, drivers passing a category B (car and small vehicle) test will be able to tow a small trailer weighing no more than 750kg, or a trailer weighing more than 750kg (where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg). However, a driver wishing to tow a trailer weighing more than 750kg (when the combined weight of the towing vehicle and trailer is more than 3,500kg) will have to undergo a further test.

Visit the DVLA webiste for more information.


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