Legal Update: Driving in 2015
Changes to motoring legislation in 2015
Patriotic Driving Licences
The Union Flag will be displayed on driving licences issued after January 1, 2015. The changes will apply to motorists in England, Scotland and Wales and is designed to provide road users with a symbolic sign of their national identity.
Another new law introduced in January 2015 allows the operation of driverless cars on UK roads for the first time. The areas selected by the Government for trials are Bristol, the London borough of Greenwich, and Milton Keynes and Coventry, which are working together on one project.
From 2015, medical staff treating patients on the move are now exempt from seatbelt laws introduced in 1993 if they are “providing medical attention or treatment to a patient which due to its nature or the medical situation of the patient cannot be delayed”.
Work Can “Benefit In Kind”
The “benefit in kind” to someone who is able to use their work’s van for personal use has now increased to £3,150 for Income Tax purposes.
A new law on driving under the influence of certain drugs, including some common medicines, will come into force on 2 March 2015.
The law states that it is an offence to drive with certain drugs above specified limits in your system, even if your driving ability is not impaired.
There are, however, medical defences for people caught driving under the influence of properly prescribed drugs.
The new law mainly relates to prescription medications that are sometimes abused, such as medicines used to treat extreme pain, drug addiction and multiple sclerosis.
Paper Driving Licence
From 8 June 2015, the photocard licence counterpart will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA.
Endorsements and penalty points will instead be recorded on DVLA’s driver record.
Entitlements/penalty points and the status of your driving licence won’t change.
Smoking In Cars
Smoking in cars carrying children will become illegal from 1 October 2015.
The measure will criminalise smoking by parents, carers or other adults in a car carrying anyone under the age of 18.
The punishment is expected to range from a £60 fine or points on a motorist’s licence to as much as £10,000 for drivers who fail to stop passengers smoking in a vehicle carrying a child.
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