All 10 new motoring laws drivers needs…

All 10 new motoring laws drivers needs to know about in 2020
2019-12-30 12:07:00
We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see ourPrivacy Noticefor details of your data protection rightsCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWith 2020 just a few days away it is now the time to start thinking about all the new motoring laws soon coming into effect. As well as the advancement of smart motorways and technology, the likes of Brexit and the environment are also ensuring laws are flooding in. With a no-deal Brexit up in the air UK driving licences may no longer be valid in the EU as a result – and there are further implications for drivers. As well as Britain’s departure from the EU having an impact, the DVLA are making adjustments to driving laws before the end of the year after the impact of climate change and the advancement of technology. With the way we drive in the UK and abroad always changing, Bristol Live have put together this handy guide of law changes that you need to be aware of. (Image: PA) Low Emission Rules In April this year London’s new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) came into effect, replacing the previous T-charge scheme. It aims to reduce harmful emissions in the capital and improving air quality. If a vehicle doesn’t meet ULEZ emission standards, the driver will have to pay a charge to drive in the area: £12.50 for most vehicles (cars, motorcycles and vans) and £100 for heavier vehicles like lorries. The ban affects older diesel cars more sharply Birmingham will be introducing its own scheme in July and a Leeds scheme was expected to start in January but has been delayed. Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Newcastle, Derby and Edinburgh could also be bringing in similar schemes. Tax changes In April this year, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) went up in line with inflation, according to the Retail Prices Index. These VED rises apply to all cars, and for most drivers they unfortunately mean annual car tax costs have already increased by £5. Existing owners of high emission cars will be charged up to an additional £15, while diesel car owners whose vehicles fail to meet the RDE2 emissions standard (that will become mandatory next year), will continue to pay higher tax rates. Meanwhile new car buyers could face an extra £65 on first-year car tax. (Image: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Smart Motorways It’s illegal to drive in a lane closed by a red X sign on a smart motorway. If caught, you could receive a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points, and in some cases stronger penalties. Legislation is being worked on to enforce stronger penalties in certain cases. Highways England plans to start building in more emergency refuge areas across the smart motorway network, with work due to begin on the M25 later this year. With the conversion of many hard shoulders into running lanes on smart motorways, the RAC have been leading calls to grow the number of refuge areas to reduce the risk for those who may suffer a breakdown or crash further from a refuge area. Intelligent Speed Assist Intelligent Speed Assist is one of a feature which will become mandatory for the safety of new cars from 2022 under the EU’s revised General Safety Regulation. The goal is to increase road safety and minimise collisions. It involves cameras which can read and understand road signs and place limits on our engines’ power so you cannot drive over the speed limit. Other soon-to-be mandatory safety systems include warnings for driver distraction and drowsiness, cameras/sensors for reversing, advanced emergency braking, lane keeping assistance and a ‘black box’ data recorder for incident reporting. Driving Permits and Green Cards When the UK leaves the European Union, many of us may require new licences. On January 14, 2019 the Government released new guidance informing Brits their current driving licenses will be useless on the continent in a no-deal scenario. With Prime Minister determined to have a deal in place by th


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