New safety Improvements for motorcyclists, lorry and bus drivers and towing limits for new drivers
Measures to boost safety for motorcyclists and lorry drivers and bus drivers have been put forward to Parliament.
The measures - Will also strengthen requirements for driving examiners and impact on the rules for drivers towing trailers - will come into force on 19th January 201 as part of the European requirements aimed at improving road safety.
The changes are being implemented by the Department for Transport in conjunction with the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Vehicle Licensing (DVLA)
The main aspects of the new rules are:
DVSA chief Rosmary Thew said:
''Britain already has some of the safest roads in the world. These changes build on our existing standards and recognise the importance of our examiners professionalism, They will also help to ensure that new motorcyclists gain the right skills and experience before riding bigger bikes.''
DVLA chief executive Simon Tse said:
''These changes will provide a useful additional reminder for bus and lorry drivers. They will help to ensure that drivers of these vehicles will continue to operate to high levels od safety by ensuring that they are fit to drive.''
The European requirements are being introduced in Great Britain in line with feedback from public consultation, which included responses from drivers and rider training body, trade associations and road safety groups.
Full details about the changes can be found at direct.gov.uk/driving