New driving laws for 2019

As we move into 2019, there are a raft of new motoring laws being enacted and a number of existing laws for which enforcement is being focused upon. To make sure that your driving experience is as smooth as possible over the coming months, here are a few items to be aware of.

Learner drivers on motorways

People learning to drive will be able to drive on motorways from the beginning of 2019; albeit that this is only allowed if an instructor is supervising the learner. However, this is only optional – it isn’t compulsory for learners to have lessons on motorway driving.

Smart motorways

Drivers on smart motorways cannot drive through a red X sign; that is, they cannot continue to drive in a lane – even if it is clear – if the overhead gantry is showing a red X sign over the lane.  Drivers doing this can be fined £100. It is likely that roadside cameras will be modified to record people making this infraction.


Drivers who don’t leave enough room when overtaking cyclists can now be fined £100. According to the Highway Code, you must leave adequate room between the car and the cyclist, which is about 1.5 metres or a door’s width. The Highway Code also now permits cyclists to ride (not more than) two abreast.

Newly qualified drivers

No new rules yet but tougher restrictions on new drivers are being considered. At the moment there are no specific restrictions on new drivers although drivers with under two years with a licence can lose their licence if they attract six penalty points. Actual restrictions are, however, actively being considered for new drivers; including a nighttime driving curfew, restrictions on carrying passengers and restrictions on the engine size/power output of the cars they drive.

If poor driving has caused you to be involved in a road traffic accident and you have been injured as a result, call our Rob Synnott on 01736 362 362 to see how we can assist you make a claim.

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