Graduated Driving Licences have not yet come into force but is something which is being considered and would be a way of imposing stricter restrictions on new drivers. These restrictions could include...
Curfews - times when new drivers are allowed to be on the road
Passengers - limits on how many passengers a new driver can have in their car
Speed - separate, lower speed limits to other drivers
The obvious fine will come from a driver not adhering to the speed limit displayed on the motorway, and with variable limits in place, there is a much higher chance of getting caught out. But now you could also face a fine for ignoring the red 'X' signs which indicate a lane is closed. A lane might be closed because there is debris in the road, or because there could be an accident or a breakdown up ahead, so for your own safety and the safety of others, and to avoid a potential fine, never drive in a lane closed by a red 'X'.
The current law states that motorists should leave at least 1.5m (4ft 11in) distance, the approximate width of a car door. With the introduction of a monetary penalty, police will now be looking to penalise those who get too close when passing a cyclist on the road.
Not leaving enough space could leave you £100 out of pocket and with three points on your license.
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