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J17 News & Updates

This is the J17 updates page where you will find our latest online CPC course dates, major changes in highway legislation and any other news and updates that relate to us, the driving industry and training within it.

Driving laws and rules you need to know for 2023

  • 20 mph speed limit zones in Wales.

In September 2023, most 30 mph roads in Wales had their speed limit reduced to 20 mph.

The speed reduction applies to restricted roads, which are in residential or built-up areas with high pedestrian activity. Usually, these roads have street lights placed no more than 200 yards apart.

You can see a map of these exceptions at GOV.WALES.

  • 12 councils now have the power to fine motorists.

Councils that have permission will be able to enforce ‘moving traffic offences’. These include: 

  • Incorrectly driving in a bus lane

  • Stopping in a yellow box junction

  • Banned right or left turns

  • Illegal U-turns

  • Going the wrong way down a one-way street

  • Ignoring a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)

  • Graduated driving licences for new drivers under 25.

New drivers under 25 years of age could be banned from carrying passengers who are also under 25. This is part of a proposed 'graduated driving licence' scheme.

If the law goes ahead, new drivers won’t be able to carry passengers of the same age group for either 6 months or a year after passing. 

  • DVLA eyesight rules could change in weeks.

New rules for eye sight could mean that anyone who wears glasses to drive will need to tell the DVLA about their eye condition.

At the moment, you only have to declare your eyesight condition if you can’t read a number plate that’s made after 1 September 2001 from 20 metres away.

  • London's ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) is expanding.

From 29 August 2023, London’s existing ultra low emission zone covers all London boroughs.

You can see which areas the new expansion covers on the Transport for London website.

The ultra low emission zone aims to improve air quality to residents of the zone by charging people with high-polluting vehicles.

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Upcoming Online CPC courses

Our upcoming online DCPC courses are:

  • 30/10/2023 - Driver Roles and Responsibilities & Highway Code Refresher

  • 10/11/2023 - Driver Roles and Responsibilities & Highway Code Refresher

 

All our online courses start at 8am.

WE ALSO HAVE A CLASSROOM BASED COURSE IN CREWE, CHESHIRE on 01/11/2023 - Road safety & Defensive Driving.

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Highway Code changes from January 29, 2022

The changes being made by the Government on 29 January introduce a new ‘hierarchy of road users’. The new hierarchy explains that those in charge of vehicles that can cause the greatest harm in the event of a collision bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.

This principle applies most strongly to drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles, cars and motorcycles. 

Other more vulnerable road users have a responsibility to reduce danger to people walking . None of this detracts from the responsibility of ALL road users, including people walking, cycling or riding a horse, to have regard for their own and other road users’ safety.

Changes at a glance

The latest changes to The Highway Code include:

  • Giving people walking across and people cycling going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions

  • Leaving at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.

  • Passing people riding a horse or driving a horse-drawn vehicle at speeds under 10 mph and allow at least 2 metres of space

  • Allowing at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a person who is walking in the road

  • Encouraging people driving vehicles to open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulder behind them to see people cycling or walking nearby

  • People cycling may ride in the centre of the road or two abreast for their own safety, whilst allowing others to overtake when it is safe for them to do so

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