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New driving laws for 2021 will be introduced on Monday
April 12 is a significant day – and not just because of lockdown rules changing. Monday will see a number of new driving laws introduced that could impact millions of motorists. From a rise in car tax to a clampdown on phone usage behind the wheel, its important for road users to know about the changes. And if you are not careful, you could face a fine or points on your licence. Here are seven things for drivers to look out for from next month. To sign up for the Hull Live newsletter, click here. Purchase tax In order to make streets more eco-friendly, a new purchase tax has been proposed by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC). It will be aimed at petrol and diesel car owners to make environmentally-friendly vehicles more affordable. Mobile phone ban Strict new rules will come into place aimed at mobile phone users behind the wheel. Drivers could risk a £200 fine and six penalty points for holding their phone while driving. The new ban replaces a loophole which allowed people to take photos and videos while driving without being penalised. Fuel duty freeze This will once again be frozen for the new tax year, keeping at the same rate for the tenth year in a row. Fuel duty is a tax currently stands at 57.95p per litre of petrol, diesel, biodiesel and bioethanol. Chancellor Rishi Sunak faced calls in the run-up to the spring Budget to freeze or cut the tax. Local clean air zones Legislation aims to decrease pollution (Image: Rich Addison) This year, a number of cities will begin charging drivers to commute around an area to decrease the amount of pollution. Motorists in several outer London boroughs, Bath and Birmingham are bringing in a daily charge of between £8 and £100.
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