The new year has brought with it a bunch of new driving rules and regulations – and if you don’t know about them, you could be fined.
A new regulation could give local authorities the power to fine drivers £70 for traffic offences.
Before, local councils can only fine motorists to park and drive on bus lanes but now they will be able to do so much more.
Under the new proposals, councils would be able to fine motorists stopping at yellow intersections and many other so-called “moving traffic” offenses.
A moving traffic violation is an offense that obstructs the flow of traffic on the roadway.
Parking Violation already being handled by the councils meaning these new road offenses will give them additional powers.
At present, it is the police force that is responsible for traffic offences, except in London and Cardiff, where councils have been able to issue fines.
Under the new proposals, councils across the country will have more say.
But individual boards will have to apply for the power to impose penalties.
The Department for Transport said the regulations were issued in December and, although no date has been set, they will take effect this year.
RAC’s head of road policy Nicholas Lyes said: “We are looking forward to regulatory changes that will allow local authorities outside of London and Cardiff to enforce moving traffic offenses. be brought before Congress later this month and passed in the spring, except without significant delay.
“Execution will no doubt follow shortly for those councils wishing to do so.”
What other new driving rules will happen in 2022
Using cell phone
While using mobile phones while driving already an offense, additional measures have been added.
There’s already another ban on using your phone to take photos and videos, change songs, or play games.
Even if you are running a red light or passing a car, you are not allowed to use your phone.
The only exceptions are when paying for goods in your driveway or charging through your phone.
If caught using a mobile phone, drivers can be fined up to six points on their license and fined £200.
Changing the Highway Code Hierarchy
The Highway Code has released a hierarchy for protect the most vulnerable on the roads.
This means that larger drivers are at greater risk on those roads and must ensure that they do not pose a danger to anyone.
The hierarchy is:
- Horse rider
- Car / taxi
- Large passenger car / heavy duty good vehicle
Road tax will increase
Vehicle excise tax (VED), set to increase in April 2022.
This is consistent with RPI inflation.
The amount of tax payable is due to the CO2 emissions your car produces and some drivers could see their tax bill rise to £130.
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