Ten new driving laws and rule changes in 2022

MOTORISTS may have been missing important rule and law changes – some of which went into effect earlier in the year.

From smart motorways to license plate rules, here are the new laws motorists will face in 2022.

From new smart motorways to license plate and Highway Code rules, there's a lot to consider


From new smart motorways to license plate and Highway Code rules, there’s a lot to considerCredit: Getty – Contributor

Error on the new side of the new Highway code, which is slated for January 29, could see you slapped with a hefty fine, points on your license, and even a driving ban.

Here are the recently adjusted road rules that you need to pay full attention to in January.

New rules and registrations are changed

Mark the number plate

An easily implemented control now has to remember regarding your number plate.

As of September 28, 2021, the European Union logo is no longer valid – your license plate should now read “United Kingdom”.

And if you are driving abroad, you must Replace any GB markings on the back on your car with one that says “UK”.

We’ve warned you against leaving your car too dirty in the past, as obscured license plates can be prosecuted by police as intentionally “hidden”.

That could land you a fine of up to £1,000.

New road “pyramid”

The highway code has a new ‘road user hierarchy’ that lists road users in order of how dangerous they can be on the road – and so they have to be careful to what extent.

For example, trucks top the list – meaning these drivers must be more concerned with their surroundings than conventional passenger vehicles.

No wonder pedestrians are at the bottom.

But the position of the cyclist affects all drivers.

Bicyclists traveling straight ahead at intersections will now have priority over motorists turning in or out or changing lanes.

Bicyclists will also be asked to yield to pedestrians on shared bike paths.

Let pedestrians walk to the front when in traffic

When you are stuck in traffic or moving slowly, the new Highway Code also states that you should allow pedestrians to cross in front of you.

Anyone walking across the street must get permission from the driver to do so.

This rule also applies to cyclists who want to cross the street.

No more flashing lights – unless you need it

If honking is an aggressive act on the road, blink your lights has long become a polite “please” or “thank you”.

No more.

Do not use your lights to encourage people to cross the street.

The new rule states: “Only flash your headlights so other road users know you are there.

“Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.”

It engages your revs and honks your horn like a violation of the law.

Don’t let your rope get crossed

Electric car charging cables are mentioned in the new Highway Code for the first time.

According to Rule 239, “every care should be taken when charging the vehicle to minimize any danger”.

That is to say, don’t let them dangle on the street where they could cause injury to passersby.

Other rules to look for in 2022

Drag the line

Drivers who passed their test after 1997 are now allowed to tow trailers without passing another exam.

The change was supposed to come on November 15, but ended up happening on December 16.

Smart car road

These controversial new highways will become more common in 2022, though worried about their lack of a tough shoulder.

The M27 between Portsmouth and Southampton will join the club earlier this year.

However, a partial solution to the recent rampage means lanes marked with a red “X” cannot be used.

The “X” means that a vehicle is using the lane – the normal traffic lane – for an emergency stop.

If you are caught by one of the many cameras driving in one of these restricted lanes, you will face a £100 fee and three points on your license.

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Motorcyclist arrested move on their mobile device behind the wheel will face a £200 fine and six points on their license from this year.

AA President Edmund King said: “By treating cell phone use as socially unacceptable behavior like drunk driving, we are taking great strides to make our kids feel better. Our roads are safer.”

However, the current tightening of the rules won’t apply to drivers who pay for a drive through their McDonald’s, we’re assured.

Parking ban on sidewalks

Parking on any sidewalk is already illegal in London – and will also be outlawed across the rest of the UK.

Pedestrians have expressed their frustration at vehicles with attach busy walkways and stay there.

Rule breakers could face a nationwide £70 fine if the widely rumored change is confirmed.

New chip to prevent you from speeding will be required

The so-called Intelligent Speed ​​Assist (ISA) add-ons are mandatory for all new cars sold in the UK from 1 January.

However, you don’t have to do anything with your current car.

The ISA chips use traffic sign recognition cameras and GPS data to determine speed limits on the road.

They will then automatically limit engine power and vehicle speed if the driver does not slow down himself.

ISA is automatically enabled on new cars – but you can legally disable ISA as well.

We advised UK motorists how to drive their cars handmade and automatic vehicles in winter.

AA has warn against a reckless and expensive “solution” to the cold windshield.

Here’s how to use the ice scraper properly.

And you can Find all of our top winter driving tips here.

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