What are the new COVID-19 driving rules?
If you live in England, aren't showing symptoms of coronavirus and are under 70 years old you will be allowed to drive to work from 11th May or to open public spaces from 13th May. Those over 70 years old or are classed as clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 are advised to adhere to the original guidelines and to stay indoors, relying on friends and family for essential supplies.
Lockdown rules remain unchanged for those living outside of England.
Can I share my car?
To abide by social distancing rules you are only allowed to travel with those within your own household. Therefore, you cannot share your car with anyone who lives outside of your home.
Are there restrictions to the new driving rules?
Besides the need to travel only with members of your household, you will be able to use your car for commuting and trips to open public spaces. There will no longer be restrictions on the duration or distance of trips outdoors. However, you are still prohibited from visiting or staying overnight at premises other than your own home.
Furthermore, while lockdown rules have been relaxed, individuals are asked to exercise caution - staying local where possible and to plan trips to ensure public spaces are open to visitors. Importantly, social distancing must be possible at all times.
When will COVID-19 lockdown rules be reviewed?
All coronavirus guidance is in constant review as both death and infection rates are closely monitored. HM Government has announced a formal review of all lockdown measures, including those surrounding driving, on 31st May.
How will these rules be enforced?
Police will no longer be looking to prosecute people making journeys relating to these new COVID-19 lockdown relaxations. However, if they feel you have broken the law then you are viable for a fixed penalty notice of £100 - reduced by half if you pay within 14 days. For multiple offences this fine can increase to a maximum of £3200.