Drivers warned over three new driving laws set to be introduced from April 2021

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The easing of lockdown restrictions will open up extra freedoms for motorists while updates to the tax system could see road users forced to splash out extra cash to stay on the road. Learner drivers will also celebrate in April as tests and lessons finally resume after much delay in 2020.

Lockdown driving restrictions ease

The Government’s next step out of lockdown comes into effect from April 12th and will see divers finally given extra freedoms.

The re-opening means drivers will no longer need a valid reason to be using the roads.

Currently, road users should only travel if they absolutely must for work purposes, dropping off children at school or for exercise.

The new rules mean it is now perfectly legal for motorists to travel out of their local areas to outdoor attractions such as zoos, farms, theme parks and drive-in cinemas.

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In a statement, they said: “The planned dates to restart car driving lessons is Monday 12 April, with tests due to restart 10 days later on Thursday 22 April.

“This will allow candidates time to practise on a variety of roads and in different driving conditions so they’re well prepared for driving independently before coming for a test.”

Driving schools have welcomed the decision after months “left in the dark” with no firm answers on when classes would continue.

However, with thousands of learner drivers having their tests cancelled in 2020 the DVSA has a task on its hands to battle the full extent of the backlog caused by the pandemic.

Red Driving School CEO Ian Macintosh said: “The backlog built up as a result of the pandemic must be tackled in a swift and efficient way.

“The DVSA should do its utmost to employ additional examiners, reopen all test centres and hold tests seven days a week to ensure this happens.

“Nobody should be put off learning to drive – it’s an important life skill which supports social mobility and helps instil independence in younger generations.”

Car tax changes

Updates are set to be made to both Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) rates and Benefit in Kinds charges in April.

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