New rules for 2013

   New Rules Being Introduced  From      19th January 2013

       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:

  • Motorcyclists - Access to more powerful bikes will be staged subjects to competence age and previous experience. The minimum age to ride the largest bikes without previous experience will rise from 21 to 24.
  • Licence renewals for bus and lorry drivers - At present, drivers of medium - sized and large buses and lorries need to renew their licence's every five years once they reach the age of 45. Over 45's also need to demonstrate their fitness to drive through a full medical report. From 2013, all new or renewed bus and lorry licence's will be renewable every five years. However, drivers under 45 will not require a full medical report and will still only need to renew their photograph every 10 years. All other drivers and riders will continue to renew their driving licence's every 10 years as is currently the case.
  • Driving examiners - Compulsory initial qualification, periodic training and quality assurance checks will be required for driving examiners. Britain already fulfills most of these requirements.
  • Trailer towing- Under the new rules car drivers will be limited to towing 3.5 tonnes.

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

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