DRIVERS will be allowed to park their cars using remote control systems from next month. A new clause added to the Highway Code will mean drivers can legally park their cars using their mobile phone - and they don't even have to be inside the vehicle. A number of luxury connected motors offer remote parking features, which can be accessed either via the key fob or a smart phone app. Laws surrounding the use of the emerging tech have been blurred in the past, because drivers could be fined under mobile phone regulations if they used parking assist features while still in the car. But the new condition will make it legal for motorists to use a remote control device if they are inside or within six metres of the vehicle. The new section of the Highway Code, which comes into force in June, reads: "You may park your vehicle using a handheld remote control app or device. "The app or device MUST be legal, and you should not put other people in danger when you use it.” The Department for … [Read more...] about Drivers can legally park their car using a remote control from next month – but does it break mobile phone laws?
NEW drivers face tough new laws AFTER they pass their driving test under new plans. Limits will be placed on the number of passengers under-24s can carry as part of a graduated driving licence (GDL). Learners would have to take lessons for at least six months under the plans and "P" plates would be compulsory for two years after passing. The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed a "pilot" scheme will be launched in Northern Ireland. And if it proves successful it'll be rolled out across the whole of the UK. Northern Ireland will introduce the new laws in 2019-2020 with consultation currently being finalised. It proposes to limit the number of teenage passengers under-24s can carry to one for the first six months after passing their test between 11pm and 6am. Immediate family members would be exempt, though, as part of the huge shake-up which follows test changes last year. The GDL would also force drivers to learn for six months before taking a test and have to display "R" plates … [Read more...] about New drivers in Northern Ireland face tough new graduated driving licence laws including limits on who they can give lifts
AS MANY as nine million British drivers could be risking a £1,000 fine and three penalty points for ignoring one of the most basic road laws. Disobeying traffic lights can carry harsh penalties for reckless motorists, but a recent study has found that a shocking number of Brits admit to running a red light. Conducted by uSwitch, the study revealed that 21 per cent of drivers had run a red light in the past year. Failing to comply with traffic lights usually carries a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 and three penalty points, but the offence can carry a fine up to ten times that if it is deemed more serious and goes to court. And the law isn't just being broken by motorists. Just over a quarter of cyclists also admitted to running a red light, putting themselves and other road users in danger. The study also found that drivers are regularly breaking basic road laws despite hefty new penalties. Around 62 per cent of drivers admitted to speeding in the last year, while one in six … [Read more...] about Nine million Brits risking fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points for ignoring one of the most basic road laws
DRIVERS who park on pavements could soon being slapped with £70 fines, as authorities attempt to ‘declutter’ Britain’s roadsides. The Department for Transport is currently considering a major overhaul of national traffic laws as part of efforts to stop vehicles blocking the way for pedestrians. If approved, the new rules will allow local councils to make it illegal to park on the kerb – unless explicit permission has been granted. The move would bring the rest of England in line with parking rules in London, where parking on the pavement has been illegal for more than 40 years. The new rules would see pavements becoming more accessible for the disabled and those with pushchairs. At present, there is no law outside the capital against parking on a pavement – the ban only applies in London. Rule 22 of the Highway Code says: "You must not park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. "Parking … [Read more...] about Parking on pavements could cost you a £70 fine under new plan to free up roads
BRITISH drivers struggle when it comes to understanding foreign road signs, a recent study has found. As many as 70 per cent of motorists have come across a road sign while driving abroad and had no idea what it meant. Conducted by Co-op Insurance, the study found that three quarters of Brits are bamboozled by foreign road signs. And worryingly, just over 10 per cent said they had been involved in an accident for misunderstanding a signal while driving in another country. So how good are you when it comes to identifying international road signs? Take Co-op Insurance's quiz to find out how many you know. The study also found that a combined 41 per cent of drivers blamed a confusing sign for causing them to make a wrong turn or veer down a road they shouldn't have been on, while 14 per cent became victims of road rage when they read a sign incorrectly. And it seems struggling with foreign road laws and signs is actually enough to discourage Brits from driving abroad. Two fifths of … [Read more...] about The foreign road signs that drive Brits insane – but do you know what they mean?