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Driving Licence Rule Changes 2013

New driving licence rules will come into effect in the UK on January 19th 2013.

New driving licence rules will come into effect in the UK on January 19th 2013. These will require newly issued licences to be produced in a format that will be harder to copy illegally. Drivers' images, as such, will be burnt by laser onto several layers. These will therefore be black and white rather than colour as with the current format. Licences will also made from polycarbonate - rather than basic plastic - so they will be light and tough.

New driving licence rules will also influence what motorists can tow. According to, the Category B (car and small vehicle) licence will enable motorists to have:
  • small trailers weighing no more than 750kg.
  • trailers weighing more than 750kg, where the combined weight of the towing vehicle and the trailer isn’t more than 3,500kg.
In contrast, Category B licences issued on or after January 1st 1997 allow drivers to have:
  • a vehicle up to 3.5 tonnes or 3,500 kilograms (kg) Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM (with a combined weight of up to 4,250kg in total).
  • a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as it is no more than the unladen or ‘kerb’ weight of the towing vehicle (with a combined weight of up to 3,500kg in total).
The new licence rules will also affect lorry and bus drivers. As such, says: “If you pass your driving test in categories C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E, after 19 January 2013 you’ll get a licence valid for 5 years. Every 5 years up to age 45, you’ll need to sign a declaration to show you still meet the medical standards. After age 45, you’ll need to provide a medical examination report every 5 years to renew your driving entitlement.”

In contrast, the following rules will apply to those under 45 with older licences: “If you passed a driving test in one of the categories below you’ll come under the new rules when you renew your driving licence. The categories affected are C, CE, C1, C1E, D, DE, D1 or D1E. When you renew your licence, you’ll receive a licence valid for 5 years. Every time you renew you’ll need to confirm you still meet the medical standards. If you apply to replace your licence because it is lost or stolen, or your personal details have changed, your new licence will run until the end of your original period. However, if you update your photo at the same time you’ll come under the new 5-year rule.” Finally, “drivers over 45 will continue to renew their entitlement as they do now. When you renew your licence at the end of a 5-year period, you’ll need to provide a medical examination report.”

The rule changes will also affect motorcycle and moped riders. As such, new licences will enable their holders to ride vehicles as defined by their licence categories. For example:
Licence category Vehicles you can ride Requirements for licence Minimum age
AM Mopeds with speed range of 25 km/h to 45 km/h Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test on all powered 2-wheeled moped 16
AM Small three-wheelers (up to 50 cc and below 4 Kilowatt) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16
AM Light quadricycles (weighing under 350 kg, top speed 45 km/h) Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 16
Q Same as AM plus 2 or 3 wheeled mopeds with top speed of 25 km/h Granted with AM 16
A1 Small motorcycles up to 11 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.1 kW per kg) and 125 cc Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 17
A1 Motor tricycles with a power output not more than 15 kW Compulsory basic training (CBT), theory test, practical test 17
A2 Medium motorcycles up to 35 kW (and a power-to-weight ratio not more than 0.2 kW per kg), bike mustn’t be derived from vehicle more than twice its power Direct access - theory and practical; staged access - two years experience on A1 motorcycle and a further practical test 19
A Motorcycles unlimited in size/power, with or without a sidecar, and motor tricycles with power output over 15 kW Direct access - CBT theory and practical (you must be at least 24 years old); Progressive access route - held an A2 licence for a minimum of 2 years - practical test (21 or over) 24 (direct) or 21 (progressive access)

There are considerations for existing licence holders too: “If you’re already licensed to ride a moped your driving licence will show a category P. The new rules won’t affect you, but any new licences issued to you will show categories AM and Q in the table above, plus category P, which will also allow you to ride two or three-wheeled mopeds with a top speed of 50 km/h.“

There is also advice for motorcycle and tricycle riders: “If you’re already licensed to ride a motorcycle, your licence should show category A. This will be the same when you replace your licence after 19 January 2013. If you hold category B1 (trikes and quads), when you renew or replace your licence after 19 January 2013 it will show categories B1 and A (limited to tricycles). You’ll only be offered a test for mopeds with 3 or 4 wheels, or A1 tricycles and A tricycles if you have a physical disability.”

Dvla and the transport department are runned by a bunch of animals that need to be tamed and told how to set an reasonable fair law. who evers setting these rules they seriously need to get thier heads examined. they hav cost me thousands which will be justified on day on reckoning?

What a joke those who don't have licences and drive get a small fine and those people who keep within the law are punished again with large costs.

Yes I agree it's all legalised robbery on the motorist, and discrimination agenst young people and new drivers. I passed my test 01/2006 so all I could tow was combination of 4.2ton, been a mechanic I thought towing a small car like a fiesta or Corsa back to the garage with a Ford Mondeo would be fine, i did the maths was within the weight laws for what I could tow, then found out you can't tow a broken down vehicle for more than a few yards with out B+E. So I did my B+E just to tow a car, then decided to do my class 2 LGV/HGV test, all in all cost me thousands ££££. Then last week my mother needed to renew her licence, and i couldn't believe I have spent thousands to find she has all sorts on her licence more then me, from just passing a basic test in a small car, B+E, C1, C1+E, D1, D1+E. Someone really don't have a clue what they are doing, when someone can drive a bus with 16 passengers onboard with a large trailer on the back, or a 7.5ton truck with a large trailer on the back, who has not even done a test to drive these vehicles, yet someone like myself who has had all the training and medical to prove I can, yet I can't drive these vehicles all I have is C1 and C, something has gone seriously wrong somewhere down the line if this is the case!!

will the government pass a law prohibiting doctors fom charging for these medical certificates?

i currently have the old type drivering licence what action should i be taking

I am 70 in may.will i have to renew my license twice in 5 months. how stupid can they get?

The sad fact is the government only looks after those in it.They couldn't give a monkeys about anyone but themselves.They claim for anything from a porn movie to a duck pond(and probably get away with it).Of course any licence renwal will be claimed back as well. People will genuinely run out of money and the recession will last for alot longer.The motorist is the easiest target for money along with smokers and drinkers.Yet people come from the eu,set up a business doing stuff they are not qualified to do then bugger off home with all the tax paid. Well done cameron and co ,shower of clowns.

I hope all the comments are going to be passed on to the Government Department responsible for this new stealth tax. Of course, the Minister won't be bothered because (i) while a minister he or she will be chauffeur driven; (ii) while an MP he or she never pays for anything; we do!

Another tax on motorists! The pips are beginning to squeak. Sadly my licence runs out in 2017, so I'll be hit with this five year plot then. Why do Governments always have to make simple things so difficult?

I`ll play devils advocate a bit here. Most people I`ve seen CANNOT reverse a trailer to save their lives. I watched a "professional" driver last week and nearly p****d myself laughing at the knots he was tying himself in. If the changes keep this idiot off the roads, bring it on. Having to say that you are still fit to drive every five years, don't make me laugh. NO ONE is going to say otherwise or its bye bye licence. I`m 56 and have had to renew my LGV (aka HGV) licence every 5 years and had to save up about £200 for the medical and paperwork fee just to stay working!! (I`m now disabled because of a knackered back, so no more £200 renewal tax from me, ha ha.) This is the point, an average £200 or more to renew your licence is going to raise not just millions, but BILLIONS for these greedy ******ds!! And YOU all voted for it if you voted TORY. This aint Europe doing this!! These slimy b******s are laughing at you and ALL of us!! It wont end here, now they`ve made these changes, chances are they will try to limit your driving hours, like LGV drivers, when you can use the roads, where you go and at what time, how to pay for the roads, (I know we pay Road Tax), but these slimy a*******s will make us all pay TOLLS to go everywhere (with black boxes fitted to make sure you obey the rules!!), similar to the London Congestion Charge. (Look out Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham etc!!) This lot will stop at NOTHING to pull more cash from you. Don`t say you were`nt warned!!!!

im the same as david foster & totally agree with him it is definately another stealth tax to rip us off

Yet another TAX as if they are not screwing us for enough now,they will not be happy until they relieve us of our total income.I rccently renewed my licence,paid the twenty pounds only to receive a licence for five years

The driving licence was introduced as a means to ensure only those who could demonstrate being COMPETENT to a measurable standard could legally drive, successive governments have manipulated the licence so that road safety isn't its main purpose anymore, to the extent that its now used as a 'stealth tax' on anyone owning a motor vehicle, my licence remains valid until I am 70... (another 20 years) yet new drivers for example a 20 year old, now has to 'declare' each five years they are medically fit to drive (how many will actually throw their licence away by declaring otherwise?) and I am sure failure to declare on time, will result in yet another financial penalty.. the country is going to the dogs.. it really is..

I have a paper licence which i hold until i am 70 in 14 months time will it affect me

John Wells was right,how much will this cost us and for what?TO KEEP FUNDING WHAT????

What a load of RUBBISH. Just another way of making money. I have held a Driving licence for over 45 years drive and tow a caravan my licence has never been renewed since the then Gov. issued licenses for life up to the age of 70. this at the time was done to save the motorist money . This new licensing system is BULL we don't need it, we don't want it. write to your MPs complaining of this crap

Where does all this money go?It's like the road tax,what do we pay for? it certainly does not go on the roads

i notice they give all details except the cost to us motorist, tipical goverment when you think think things cant get any worse they come up with it, next year we will be taxed for breathing the fresh air outdoors

Another set of rules slipped in without us knowing will it make driving any better? I don't think so

maureen smily got it right first time, money money money when the gov has got things wrong its the people that pay

Renew every 5 years - COST Medical Proof - COST Postage - COST The Motorist Pays again and again and again

Towing a trailer is towing a trailer is towing a trailer! Size should not be an issue. You can either do it or you can't! All trailers over 250kg should be braked!

For those of us that live in Wales, PLEASE can we choose to have just the English version of all motoring documents? It's such a waste of materials producing documents in 2 languages as well as being confusing. The log book V5C(W)is awful!

Jesse j shud re-release her song for the gov't...its all about the money money moneyyyyy!!! Jeez wot next!!!

what difference can it make for towing.All drivers should be assessed for towing a trailer / caravan. How many times have you seen someone who cant reverse a trailer or the dreaded speed wobble swinging all over the road. No matter what the weight is learn how to drive the damn things, its easy for some but rocket science for others .

Here we go again...tinkering with the system for tinkering sake, and adding to red tape. Confuse everyone so fines can enhance their cash cow mentality of the motorist.

Not about road safety more about a few pounds into government coffers at the expence of the motorist

Hi I past my test in 06/2004 does that mean I can tow a small trailer

As someone who passed my test in Sep 97 and took the B + E trailer licence last year to enable me to tow a caravan with a pickip truck, can you please explain the real difference/change to trailer laws. The wording is different but resuklt is the same is it not?