Should the UK adopt any of the EU’s driving laws to enhance road safety?
There’s still a lot of uncertainty about what Brexit really means for people in the UK.
How it will affect travel, whether the cost of certain produce will change, and which laws will alter.
While Boris Johnson is urging MPs to back his Brexit deal, motoring experts argue that there are some EU driving laws that the UK should adopt whether we leave the European Union or not.
Research by LeaseVan.co.uk looked into the motoring regulations that are implemented by other EU countries that if introduced here, could improve road safety.
Tim Alcock, from Lease Van who carried out the research, said: “In Britain, we’ve got some of the safest roads in the Europe, but we believe there’s always room for improvement when it comes to protecting drivers, pedestrians and the environment.
“Whatever your opinions of the EU, it’s clear that across the bloc there are driving laws which help road safety despite seeming slightly unusual.
“The Department for Transport should think about introducing legislation in the UK that mirrors a range of these European regulations, so we’ve identified seven of the most effective and interesting examples.”
These are six EU driving laws that motoring experts think should be adopted by the UK. But what do you think?
Headlights always on
In some Scandinavian countries like Sweden, motorists are obliged to keep their headlights on constantly when driving – whatever time of the day.
Experts say this would improve road safety in the UK – especially during darker and damp winter weather, by improving your visibility and making your vehicle more visible to other motorists and pedestrians.
Illegal to run out of petrol
On German motorways, AKA autobahns, it’s illegal for drivers to stop.
This includes situations where you’ve even ran out of fuel and it’s considered as driver negligence.
A similar law being introduced in the UK could help vehicle owners avoid the danger of being stuck in a lane on new smart motorways, where hard shoulders are disappearing.
Carry a breathalyser
Drivers in France are required to carry a breathalyser in their vehicles at all times.
It allows drivers to check if they’re over the legal drink drive limit.
Adopting this rule in Britain could discourage dangerous drink driving by allowing drivers to check themselves to see if they’re over the limit and also aid traffic police.
It could potentially save lives.
No eating and driving
A motoring law in Cyprus specifically prohibits those behind the wheel from snacking or drinking anything.
This one’s all about keeping both hands on the wheel, your eyes on the road and avoiding unnecessary distractions.
While UK drivers can already find themselves facing a fine if caught eating behind the wheel, it’s not illegal.
Cultural restriction zones
Italian drivers who want to take their vehicle into some specific historical areas, such as Roman sites, must get their hands on a special permit first.
This law could be utilised in the UK to protect zones around popular, culturally significant sites from excessive traffic and resulting noise and air pollution.
For other drivers in the EU, they have to put on their hazard warning lights more often than UK motorists.
This is the case for Slovenia, where drivers are required to turn on their hazard warning lights when reversing.
A similar safety protocol in the UK would make other road users more aware of your actions and likely reduce the potential for reversing accidents.