The rules for lorry and bus driving licences will change from 19 January 2013. If you drive a lorry or bus your licence will now be valid for a maximum of five years, up to age 65.
Bus and lorry drivers
New driving licence validity periods
New Towing validity Weight
The rules for Towing Has changed from 19 January 2013. The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.
From 10th Sptember 2009 all commercial LGV drivers will need to complete 35 hours of training before 9th September 2014
“Until now it has been unclear as to what the penalties would be for failing to complete Driver CPC by the 2014 deadline. The DSA announcement that both drivers and employers face fines of up to £1000 each. This sends out a strong message, enforcing the importance of Driver CPC. With employers at risk too, the responsibility for completing 35 hours of training cannot just lie with the driver anymore.”
Many drivers face a fine of £1,000 if they fail to update their photo-card driving licences, according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
The DVLA started issuing photo-card licences 15 years ago and more than 30 million drivers now have one.
These are usually valid for 10 years and there is a legal requirement for drivers to renew the photograph at the same time as they renew their licence.
However, two million drivers have failed to do this.
And this means they could be fined up to £1,000 should they be pulled over by the police, who then discover that the photo and licence is out of date.
Even failing to notify the DVLA that you have changed address could be costly.
Photo-card driving licences are set to become mandatory in 2015, when new paper licences are officially phased out.
New Drivers Act / Driving Licence Revocation
The Road Traffic (New Drivers) Act 1995 applies to every motorist who passed their first full test after 1 June 1997.
The main effect of the Act is to impose a probationary period for the first 2 years after the test is passed. During this time, a new driver will be subject to immediate revocation of their licence, should they reach 6 or more penalty points. This is an automatic process which is triggered should any offence be committed in the first 2 years lead to a total of 6 points being endorsed on the licence. In theory, a new driver would therefore be given one chance by way of a Fixed Penalty but if two Fixed Penalties were accepted, or a more serious offence resulted in 6 points, the licence would be revoked.