Learn about your legal rights and traffic requirements as vehicle drivers, motorcycle riders, and pedestrians using the roads and highways around Great Britain.
UK DRIVING LAWS: Knowing and implementing the regulatory laws of driving or transportation is essential for safe driving and staying within the Highway Code rules of safe and courteous motoring.
There are various legal powers which govern the driving rules around the United Kingdom.
In most cases, motorists need to pass a Highway Code driving test to use the public roads and highways legally. There are also strict regulations for drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGV).
Visitors to Great Britain should note traffic moves on the left-hand side of the road. That is not the most common driving system seen worldwide.
The National Speed Limits restrict maximum traveling speeds for most vehicles on British roads. Road traffic signs used around the United Kingdom are stated in imperial units, as a rule, which means that speed limit signage is posted in miles per hour (mph).
BLUE BADGE PARKING RULES: Read through this section to get more valuable information about your eligibility to join one of the Blue Badge schemes or get up to speed with current rules and regulations on parking permits, parking ticket payment laws, penalty fines, and the ever-popular wheel clamping restrictions.
HEAVY GOODS VEHICLE DRIVING RULES: The HGV driver regulations, and transportation section lists the legal requirements for becoming a driver of Heavy Goods Vehicles according to UK driving laws. There is also information about carrying loads and roadside checks.
UK HIGHWAY CODE RULES: Essential reading for car vehicle drivers, motorcyclists, and all road users with invaluable safety information and guidance applying to vulnerable road users including small children, older pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders.
The purpose of having basic Highway Code rules and regulations is to reduce road casualties and deaths for drivers and wayfarers on the streets in England, Scotland, and Wales.
DRIVING LICENCE RULES: A driving licence is an official document authorising its holder to drive various types of motor vehicles around the United Kingdom. You need a drivers licence to operate vehicles on the roads and highways.
LORRY & BUS DRIVING RULES: The Lorry and Bus driver regulations, and transportation section lists the legal requirements for becoming a lorry or bus driver according to British driving laws. There is also more information about the strict tests and health and safety rules.
CAR NUMBER PLATE RULES: Avoid a police check or a fine by following this simple guide about legislation for the 'Display of Registration Marks' on cars and other vehicles in the United Kingdom. That means your vehicle needs to be road legal and conform to the law of number plates regarding the use of correct letters and fonts, colours, and the spacing of numbers.
VEHICLE ROAD TAX RULES: Regulation changes now allow you to renew or tax your vehicle for the first time, either by online application, by telephone, or at the Post Office. New rules let you tax your motorcycle, car, or any other vehicle using the reminder letter (V11) which you should have before the excise duty expires.
WHAT IS VEHICLE REGISTRATION? This section provides important information about the 'log book' or a V5C vehicle registration document. You will find additional guidance explaining how to register your vehicle or change your name and address. Find out what steps you need to take if you sell your car or motorcycle and what happens to a scrapped vehicle after an insurance write-off.
VEHICLE SAFETY REGULATIONS: A section which includes essential information about vehicle safety rules and restrictions as well as drink driving laws and how disqualifications can result from penalty points (endorsements).
VEHICLE APPROVAL: The Road Vehicle Approval Regulations came into force in 2009 for the United Kingdom. Having Vehicle Type Approval confirms that its production samples meet or exceed specified performance standards.
British Driving Laws and Transportation Regulations