In order to drive lawfully in the UK it is important that you abide by the rules and regulations that are in place. After all, they are there in order to keep drivers and pedestrians safe. As the leading used car provider around, the team here at V12 Sports and Classics want to promote lawful driving at all times, which is why we have put together a list of the different obligations that both newly qualified and experienced drivers must follow. Read on to find out more information…
The first thing you need in order to drive a vehicle independently in the UK is a valid driving licence which can be obtained by carrying out a test at a local test centre. If you do not have a licence, then you can be issued points on your licence should you ever wish to get one and a hefty £1,000 fine!
Just like a driver must have a licence, the vehicle must also have its own documents too. For example, it is a requirement that you register your vehicle with the DVLA, take out insurance and tax and have a current MOT certificate that deems it roadworthy. The punishment for driving a vehicle without these in place can range from fines to disqualification. Since PSCO’s are always on the look out for untaxed and uninsured vehicles, it is imperative that you have your documents before hitting the road.
If you are a learner, then you are not allowed to drive a vehicle independently and must be supervised by someone over 21 years old that has held a valid driving licence for at least 3 years. In addition to this, you must also have a provisional licence and the vehicle should display L plates in order to let other drivers know that the driver is a learner and therefore isn’t experienced.
Having these documents in place is one thing however it is just as important to ensure that you update the DVLA if there are any changes to your situation. This includes being diagnosed with conditions that could affect your ability to drive, changes to your eyesight and any driving convictions that you have received.
Failing to follow the rules when it comes to lawfully driving will often lead to repercussions. In fact, the punishment can range from a simple fine to complete disqualification from driving which is why it isn’t worth the risk to hit the road without getting your affairs in order. If you’re in the market for used cars and have all of the necessary documents, then V12 Sports and Classics is the right place to be! Get in contact today to find out more information!