Drug-driving laws will affect everyone

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This year has seen some of the biggest changes in motoring procedures we have ever seen.

It is very important drivers and riders are fully up-to-date on what is happening. They will affect everyone.

In March a new law on driving under the influence of legal or illegal drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, and prescription drugs including diazepam, methadone and morphine, came into force across England and Wales.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists revealed recently the true scale of drug-driving since the new regulations started.

It found 902 arrests have already been made by police.

Motorists convicted of drug-driving will get a minimum one-year driving ban, unlimited fine, up to six months’ imprisonment and a criminal record.

In April the speed limit for the largest heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) travelling on a single carriageway across England and Wales increased from 40mph to 50mph.

On a dual carriageway it has increased from 50mph to 60mph.

Changes to driving laws and other-related procedural changes have also come into force this year to take advantage of the internet, increase convenience and save time on administration.

Important changes have also come into force with how motorists provide proof of their driving records to a third party.

They will need to obtain a special code online to allow sharing of data.

Upcoming changes to driving laws will also see smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 18 becoming illegal from October 1.

Potential fines and penalties are expected to be announced closer to the time.

Sarah Sillars,

chief executive officer,

Institute of Advanced Motorists.