Eight motoring law changes drivers need to know

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Eight motoring law changes drivers need to know

Eight motoring law changes drivers need to know
2021-07-30 09:17:00
Eight new driving laws were introduced during lockdown that experts say drivers may have missed. According to motoring insurance comparison provider Confused.com, a number of motoring updates have been announced since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. They have outlined the new driving laws introduced post lockdown that Brits need to be aware of for safer roads, as reported by WalesOnline. READ MORE Boy who tragically drowned at beauty spot named and pictured A number of green initiatives have recently been announced too. The company's car insurance expert Alex Kindred says: “With lockdown restrictions now easing, more of us are returning to the roads, so it’s important that we are aware of updates to driving laws which have come into force in the past year. “Although, with so much going on this past 18 months, it’s easy to miss these updates and it can be confusing getting back into the driving seat, especially if you haven't driven for a while. So we've collated all of the new and updated motoring laws in our guide, which could help you avoid fines and allow you to safely enjoy being back behind the wheel this summer.” Here are the list of driving rules that have changed: Stricter rules on smart motorways Smart motorways have been hotly debated by safety campaigners over the last few years. The concern centres around using the hard shoulder as a running lane. Using it in this way means there’s no dedicated space for drivers to pull into if there’s an emergency. Highways England announced changes to the Highway Code, making it illegal to drive in a lane marked with a red X. The red X means a vehicle has broken down in the hard shoulder, so drivers shouldn’t drive there. They also launched their ‘go left’ campaign, which contains guidance on what to do if you break down on a smart motorway. For more information, read a guide on smart motorways. Full list of smart motorways M1: J6a-10; J10-13; J16-13; J19-16;J23a-24; J24 – 25; J25-28; J28-31; J32-35a; J39-42; J31-32 M3: J2-4a; M4: J3-12; J19-20 M5: J4a-6; J15-17 M6: J2 – 4; J4-5; J5-8; J8-10a; J10a-11a J10a-13; J13-15; J16-19 M20: J3-5; J4-5; J5-7 M23: J8-10 M25: J2-3; J5-6/7; J7-10; J10-16; J16-23; J23-27; J27-30 M27: 4-11 M42: J3a-7; J7-9 M60: J8-18 M62: J10-12; J18-20; J25-26; J25-30; J28-29 Changes to green cards and travel to the EU A green card is a way to prove your car is insured to drive abroad. This has been a hotly debated topic. When the UK first left the EU, it was mandatory to have a green card to drive in the EU. This has now been scrapped, and UK residents don’t need a green card to travel to the EU. The decision has been welcomed by the Association of British Insurers (ABI). Huw Evans, the Director General of the ABI, said: “The Commission has taken a pragmatic approach on the matter. UK drivers will no longer need to apply for a green card through their insurer which will help reduce bureaucracy for drivers and road hauliers travelling between the UK and EU. “It will be especially welcomed by motorists in Northern Ireland driving across the border to the Republic of Ireland.” There are still documents

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