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Safety measures introduced for motorcyclists, lorry and bus drivers

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New measures have been put forward to Parliament in a bid to make it safer for motorists, lorry and bus drivers.

The Department of Transport will implement the new changes with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

The new rules for motorcyclist’s means they will have access to powerful bikes subject to competence, age and previous experience. The minimum age to ride a larger bike would rise from the current age of 21 to 24 years old if the rider has no experience.

It is hoped the new measures will decrease the amount of accidents that occur with motorcycles in the UK.

Licence renewals for bus and lorry drivers will also be among the new measures with drivers renewing their licence every five years once they reach the age of 45. A medical report will also be introduced which will mean a fitness test has to be taken by the driver. Those under the age of 45 won’t have to take a medical report and will only have to renew their licence every ten years.

The requirements are being introduced in Great Britain after feedback from a public consultation which includes driver and riders. It is expected that the new measure will come in to force on 19th January 2013 as part of new European requirements which aims to improve road safety.

DVLA Chief Executive, Simon Tse, commented on the new safety measures: “These changes will provide a useful additional reminder for bus and lorry drivers. They will help to ensure that drivers of these vehicles will continue to operate to high levels of safety by ensuring that they are fit to drive.”

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By Amanda Bainbridge