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A series of new regulations governing licences for bus and lorry drivers may come into effect from January 19th 2013

The change is part of efforts by the Department for Transport – in conjunction with the Driving Standards Agency and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) - to improve road safety.

Proposals have been placed before Parliament and include measures to strengthen driving examiners requirements and tighten regulations regarding the largest and most powerful motorcycles, as well as new limits for trailer towing.

Under the new rules, all bus and lorry licences will have to be renewed every five years, including those for drivers under the age of 45.

Those over 45 will still have to complete a full medical report in order to demonstrate their fitness, while those below this age will be required to renew their photograph every ten years.

DVLA chief executive Simon Tse stated: "These changes will provide a useful additional reminder for bus and lorry drivers."

The maximum authorised mass of a vehicle determines the driving licence that is required for someone to operate it and special arrangements are in place for large goods vehicles and buses

Written by Scott Buckler
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 9:09

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