The killer drivers will face life in prison under new sentencing rules that come into effect this week.

Judges will be able to hand down life sentences to dangerous drivers who kill and reckless drivers who kill under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The new sentencing regime far exceeds the previous maximum sentence of 14 years.

Drivers who kill are now sentenced to life under new legislation (Jonathan Brady/PA)

The change comes into effect on Tuesday following the Policing, Crime, Punishment and Courts Act (PCSC).

The reforms will also create a new offense of serious injury by reckless driving, meaning those who inflict long-term or permanent injuries also face stiffer penalties.

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab said: “Too many lives have been lost due to reckless driving, devastating families.

“We have changed the law so that those responsible now face the possibility of life behind bars.”

At the same time, the government is changing the rules to allow judges to grant hearing-impaired people the additional assistance of sign language interpreters during jury deliberations.

Previously, only the 12 sworn jurors were allowed into the deliberation rooms, meaning those with hearing impairments could not participate.

Mr. Raab added: “The right to be judged by one’s peers dates back to Magna Carta and is the cornerstone of our judicial system.

“We are changing the law so that many more deaf people have the opportunity to perform this important civic duty.”