Seven new driving laws to go into effect this year
This year there will be seven new driving laws going into effect.
And as of today, a major change to the number plate comes into effect.
New cars registered from today will be tagged 22 instead of 71 as at present.
And License plates for cars and trucks will be made from new, stiffer materials.
From now on, they will also only show solid black text, after plates using different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned.
Experts say Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) can read new license plates better.
There are also six other new laws introduced in 2022.
The tough new laws will cracking down on people who sneakily use their phones while driving.
While it’s been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving since 2003, tough new regulations will make it illegal to touch the screen while the engine is running.
This includes waking your phone to check the time or notifications, take a photo, or select a song.
You can only use a cell phone if you are safely parking or need to call 999 or 112 in an emergency and stopping is unsafe or impractical.
Drivers can also use their mobile phone for contactless payments if a vehicle is stopped in the driveway to the highway.
Anyone found to be in violation of these laws can face a fine of £200.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries happen while cell phones are being held.
“By making it easier to prosecute unauthorized phone users, we are ensuring the law is brought into the 21st century while further protecting all road users.”
Vehicle excise tax (VED)
Car taxor VED, which is about to launch in April.
The new VED fee will only apply to brand new vehicles registered from April 1, 2017 onwards.
The car tax is now split into two parts, one being an annual road tax, which is a £155 payment after the first year.
The annual road tax will increase by £10, making the new cost £165 from 1 April 2022 onwards.
The second part is the VED and the cost of this will depend on how much CO2 your car emits for the first year payment.
This format means that cars that produce greater CO2 emissions will incur higher VED costs.
VED prices have increased in all but two brackets for 2022, 1g to 5g/km and 51g to 75g/km.
Cars that generate CO2 emissions above 255g/km, the highest, will see their VED tax increased by £130 from the current rate.
In addition to any additional fees, cars costing more than £40,000 will have to pay a higher standard one-time fee of £490, a huge jump from the current fee of £335.
This increase is in line with Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation, which is expected to drive more motorists towards electric or eco-friendly cars.
Discounted red diesel and biofuels
As of April 1, 2022, The legal use of red diesel and recycled biofuels will be restricted.
However, it will mainly affect businesses as red diesel tends to be used on off-road machines, such as bulldozers and cranes.
It is also used to power oil drilling rigs.
The reforms aim to promote more sustainable fuels.
Electric vehicle charger
This year, Score more EV charging points will be installed across the UK.
All newly built homes will also have to have EV charging points.
Building regulations will require developers to install charging points on new buildings from next year.
Around 145,000 new charging points will be installed across the UK each year, with motorists able to use them at homesupermarkets and workplaces.
As with new homes and non-residential buildings, any property undergoing major renovations with more than 10 parking spaces will also be required to install EV charging points.
New car speed limiter
New cars will be fitted with speed limit signs from July 6.
Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) technology will warn drivers when they are going too fast and can intervene if people continue to drive beyond the legal limit.
It will use traffic sign recognition cameras and GPS data to determine speed limits on the road.
It will then automatically limit engine power and vehicle speed if the driver does not slow down on his own.
The new rules have been agreed provisionally by the EU, but it is expected to also apply in the UK – despite Brexit.
Expanding the area of clean air
Local Clean air zone fee aims to reduce the number of journeys and reduce pollution.
Motorists in Bath and Birmingham must pay an additional daily toll.
Birmingham’s scheme will charge drivers up to £8 a day in the city center while a clean air zone is also being considered in Bristol.
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