A survey of visitors to two popular motoring websites has revealed seven changes to regulations, or new regulations, that they would be happy to see. Included among these changes is a total ban on all smoking in cars, regardless of whether there are children present, and greater restrictions to be placed on young and new drivers. Pavement parking would also be banned, while cyclists would be forced to pay road tax in exchange for the right to use the country’s roads.
The government have introduced a series of reforms and new regulations to driving laws in recent years, in a bid to try and improve the safety of roads. Young drivers can have their licence taken off them for accumulating six points within two years of passing their test, while smoking has been banned in cars when children are present. While some changes have been met with resistance by drivers, there are some areas where road users believe the law could be made stricter.
Newly qualified drivers represent only a fraction of drivers on the road but are the group that are most frequently involved in accidents. In a bid to try and reduce the number of accidents and improve safety for all road users, motorists would have speed limiters installed on their cars and would prevent new drivers from being allowed on the roads at night. These restrictions would only be lifted following the completion of an advanced driving course.
Smoking in cars with children present is set to carry a spot fine from the end of this year, but survey respondents said that they would support a total ban on smoking while in a car, regardless of whether children were in the car at the time.
Respondents also said that cyclists should be taxed for using the roads, that pavement parking should be banned except where permission was specifically granted, and that the proper use of side lights and full headlights should not only be encouraged but should be regulated. A complete ban on all mobile phone use, and a ban for anybody caught using one while driving, would also come into force if the general driving public had their way.