DfT reveals new licensing laws

Bus and lorry drivers are to be forced to renew their licences every five years under plans announced by the Department for Transport (DfT), bringing the UK in line with EU safety standards.

The scheme, launched in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, will see certain motorists asked to undergo a medical test before being granted permission to drive.

Currently, those in control of medium and large-sized vehicles have to renew their licences every five years and demonstrate their fitness to drive after the age of 45.

The new rules, to be introduced in 2013, will see under-45s subjected to a similar regime, although the test will not be as in-depth and photographs will only require renewal every 10 years.

Other motorists will not be affected by the new law.

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