From June 1, councils across England and Wales will be given new powers to charge drivers with traffic offences
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A handful of new driving laws will be introduced starting June 1, which could see potential increases in fines for driving.
Councils across England and Wales will be given new powers to charge drivers with traffic offences, with the Department for Transport poised to take motions from councils to impose traffic fines.
It’s part of an effort to encourage cycling and walking and to make the roads safer for all who use them.
The new driving laws mean motorists can be fined £1000 if they make the wrong move to let an ambulance pass.
Even if you let emergency vehicles pass, you still have to obey regular road traffic laws, but most drivers assume they’re exempt.
The Highway Code makes it clear that motorists must give way to vehicles with flashing lights, including police cars, fire engines, ambulances and paramedics.
However, if you drive into a bus lane or drive through a red traffic light, you could face a hefty fine.
The same applies to entering a yellow intersection, making an illegal turn or driving down a one-way street in the wrong direction.
In addition to a fine, certain offenses – like running a red light – can add three penalty points to your driver’s license.
The Highway Code’s instructions state, “You should look out for and watch for ambulances, fire engines, police officers, doctors, or other emergency vehicles with flashing blue, red, or green lights and sirens, or flashing headlights, or traffic officials and emergency vehicles with flashing amber lighting.”
The code says you should stop before a hilltop.
Also, you should never climb onto the curb, endanger anyone, or brake hard.
There are some other surprising driving rules that motorists can easily break.
This included unnecessary honking, which can have you fined £30. Your car’s horn is only there to warn other drivers or to warn them of your presence.
It must not be done unnecessarily even when you are feeling stressed or full of anger in the street. It can distract and even shock others, which can lead to unintentional accidents.
In the meantime, you could be fined £60 if you don’t clear your car of snow and ice. Your windshield, lights and license plate must be clear of both.
Parking on the pavement in London is also against the law and can be fined £70. However, it is allowed elsewhere in the country where a sign allows it.
Another law to be aware of concerns night parking. Rear-facing parking is not permitted at night, unless in an approved parking space. Breaking the rules here could cost you £1,000.
This might surprise you – if you drive through a puddle and splash a pedestrian, you could face a whopping £5,000 fine. You can also get hit with 6-9 points on your license.
In addition, an electric vehicle charger must be installed in all new homes and buildings after June 15.
All new residential buildings with associated parking spaces must have access to charging stations for electric cars.
The law also stipulates that buildings undergoing major renovations must install electric vehicle charging stations if they have more than 10 parking spaces.
This change in legislation is part of the broader plan to cut carbon emissions, with £1.3 billion in investments earmarked to roll out EV charging infrastructure.
Households and businesses with existing EV charging stations need to ensure they have smart charging capabilities.
These regulations will come into effect on June 30 and are intended to help manage the burden on the National Grid of thousands of electric cars charging at once.
It is hoped the change will encourage drivers to use smarter tariffs to avoid charging during rush hours, which tend to be during the day.
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