Martin Lewis says 2.3 million UK driving licences are out of date
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New driving rules will be introduced in the coming weeks for caravan owners while a new Clean Air Zone is also set to launch in the UK. The last of the DVLA’s driving licence extensions also falls in November meaning drivers may lose their right to drive unless they act quickly.
New caravan towing rules – November 15
Changes to towing rules mean anyone who passed their car driving test after January 1 1997 can now tow trailers up to 3,500kg
Under current rules, drivers who passed after this date had to go through an extra car and trailer test to tow anything heavier.
The DVLA will automatically update your driving licence record to show you can tow trailers.
To show this, an extra BE category will be added to your driving licence when you get your next photocard.
The DVLA has warned drivers can be fined £1,000, issued penalty points or even banned from the roads if they tow anything heavier before the law changes.
However, some experts still hold concerns over the new rule changes.
Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at the National Accident helpline said they were concerned the changes could “present additional risk”.
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New Clean Air Zone – November 29
Portsmouth will become only the third city outside London to introduce a Clean Air Zone charge on November 29.
The charge will not affect private cars but will impact private hire vehicles and some businesses.
Hire cars such as taxis will be charged £10 per day to drive in the zone while coaches and lorries will be hit with a £50 fee.
A total of 29 Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have also been installed to enforce the fee.
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