THE ROAD REGULATIONS have had another update of rules and Brits need to brush them up – or risk facing heavy fines.
Motorists could be fined up to £2,500 if they break them, so knowing how to avoid getting caught is important.
under new traffic regulations Rules will make motorists much more aware of pedestrians and cyclists.
New rules already introduced include a “hierarchy of road users”, additional clarity on where cyclists are allowed to ride on the road and where pedestrians now have priority over motorists.
But now the focus is on the engines themselves and no longer on the drivers’ habits on the road.
One of the new rules that will be introduced from April 1st is changes to the vehicle excise tax – which means that this tax will increase in line with inflation.
Therefore, cars registered after that pay a higher amount of tax than cars registered in March.
The exact tax increase depends on how much C02 emissions the vehicle produces, so those who don’t emit none have to pay anything for the first year.
But for engines emitting up to 90g/km there will be a £5 increase, bringing the first tax year to £120.
For any car that produces more than 255g of CO2 emissions per kilometer driven, the rate increases from £2,245 to £2,365 in the first year.
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Road tax is an essential purchase for Brits and anyone caught driving without it can be fined up to £1,000.
Another change in regulations is that red diesel and discounted biofuels will become illegal for most vehicles after 2022.
But most motorists don’t have to worry about this switch, since this type of diesel is mainly used for off-road vehicles such as cranes and bulldozers.
Although there is no fixed penalty for using the wrong fuel, drivers would be forced to pay for HMRC to restore the vehicle’s system.
Speedy Fuels and Lubricants stated: “If you find you are using it illegally HMRC will charge you to have your vehicle’s system restored to clean your tank and filters and remove the marking dye.
“You will be charged a fee for removal. Your car may be confiscated, or you may even be reclaimed the difference in cost between red diesel and road diesel for the time you used it.”
REVISION OF THE RULES
One of the most important adjustments in the course of the revision of the road traffic regulations is that cars will be equipped with speed limiters from July 6, 2022.
This only applies to new engines produced after this date and not to cars already on the road.
Becoming a mandatory feature on new vehicles, the system uses a front-facing camera and the vehicle’s satellite navigation system to detect the speed limit.
Autocar stated, “If the car exceeds these, fuel flow to the engine will be restricted until the vehicle has reached the limit speed.”
The driver can override the system, but the police can still access the detailed data in the event of an accident.
The box records speed, braking and steering positions in advance of an accident.
A number of important changes to the Highway Code this year to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Owners of larger vehicles have also suffered the most damage as the country tries to reduce harmful emissions.
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