UK drivers to see big changes to driving licences and tests next week

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Numerous driving law changes are being made this month with the introduction of a Clean Air Zone and an end to the extension on driving licences. The Government have also scrapped plans to change caravan towing rules, with these changes now taking place in 2022.

Other changes are being made to licences and tests for prospective HGV and bus drivers.

Currently, drivers have to learn to drive and pass a driving test in a large category C rigid lorry before they can learn to drive and take a test in a large articulated lorry, which is category CE.

With the driving law changes, motorists will now be able to learn to drive in an articulated lorry when they get their first provisional licence from November 15, 2021.

Drivers will also be able to take their test in a large articulated lorry without having to pass one ine in a large rigid lorry first.

This change will also apply to medium-sized lorries towing a trailer.

Bus drivers are going to be affected by the changes too, as they will be able to learn to drive in a bus or coach towing a trailer when they first get their provisional bus licence.

This will come into effect also on November 15.

However, until that date, drivers must continue to follow the current rules about what they are allowed to drive as a learner.

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They can be fined up to £1,000, be banned from driving and get up to six penalty points on their driving licence if they drive a vehicle that isn’t on their licence.

HGV and bus drivers also need to make changes to their provisional licences.

The changes mean motorists will get extra provisional categories when they apply for a provisional licence for an HGV or bus.

The Government website advises: “Your provisional licence will not be automatically upgraded to allow you to if either you already have a provisional licence.

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