Five driving rule changes motorists must know in September with licence and MOT updates

Five driving rule changes motorists must know in September with licence and MOT updates

09/10/2020

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These vital driving rule updates may have been missed by road users which could see many motorists caught out by the updates. Failing to understand the new changes could see drovers miss out on key savings or be hoit within heavy charges ouch as fines and penalty points.

Photocard driving licences extended

Earlier this month the DVLA confirmed a further extension on driving licences which were due to expire.

Licences which were due to run out between February 1 and December 31 2020 will now enjoy a further 11 month extension.

The changes were made just weeks after the initial extension period came to an end with millions at risk of picking up fines for not updating their licences.

However, this has been updated to help ease the backlog of work caused by applications made during the lockdown.

The DVLA has confirmed the extension is automatic and will also apply to drivers aged over 70 years old.

Announcing the changes on 1 September, DVLA Chief Executive, Julie Lennard said road users “do not need to do anything to enjoy the extension.

She said: “Being able to drive is a lifeline for millions of people and this further extension will ensure that in these continued uncertain times, drivers don’t need to worry about the admin or the associated costs with renewing their licences.

“The temporary extension is automatic, and drivers do not need to do anything.

“Drivers who have already applied to renew their photocard driving licence or entitlement to drive can usually carry on driving while we process their application, providing they have not been told by their doctor or optician that they should not drive.”

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Driving test availability increased

The DVSA has confirmed that an extra 375,000 driving tests will be made available to learner drivers from September 14.

This will ensure motorists can book for 18 weeks up until the end of January 2021.

This initial booking period saw thousands of young drivers miss out on the chance to book their tests.

Initially, the system was opened up for spaces over the next six weeks but demand caused the site to crash just hours after opening.

Limited spaces in this initial booking period saw thousands of young drivers miss out on the chance to book their tests.

Insurance firms extend support

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has confirmed they will continue to support insurance customers until the end of October.

This will ensure key workers can continue to drive to different locations not covered by their policy without needing to extend their agreement.

Extra measures for those in financial need

The Financial Conduct Authority has also extended its temporary measures until the end of October to help those struggling economically.

Under the scheme insurance firms must be flexible on payments and help customers save money by reducing the level of agreement or estimated mileage.

Those struggling with car finance payments have also been considered with three-month payment deferrals also extended until 31 October.

MOT extension comes to an end

Motorists could risk being hit with a heavy fine or penalty points if they do not secure a mandatory MOT test certificate.

The temporary six-month extension scheme came to a close at the end of August meaning anyone due for a test must now secure one or face penalties.

But it is estimated that around one million cars could be due for renewal in the coming months which is set to put considerable strain on garages.

The DVSA has warned drivers to try and secure their tests as soon as possible to avoid being caught out with demand set to double.

Chris Price, DVSA’s Head of MOT Policy said: “We know that MOT centres are likely to be very busy this autumn with double the usual demand.

“We are encouraging motorists to consider bringing their MOT forward to help beat the rush.”

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