New driving licences and rules

New driving licences and rules

New driving licences and license rules will be introduced in the UK on January 19.

The new licences are made from polycarbonate, rather than basic plastic, and are designed to be harder to forge than the current ones.

The new rules change what motorists with a Category B (car and small vehicle) licence can legally tow. According to www.gov.uk the new regulation also affect lorry and bus drivers.

The website 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."

For those under 45 with older licences the following rules will apply: "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. 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."

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."

Rule changes will also affect motorcycle and moped riders.

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