Major new driving laws to be introduced in July will massively affect all UK motorists

Brits will have several new driving laws introduced this month, on top of the new Highway Code rules and motoring fines changes - make sure you're up to date on all of them

New driving laws are set to be introduced in July and they will massively affect all UK motorists - so make sure you know them.

The changes will have an impact on drivers this month, and will include many new laws ranging from Clean Air Zones to speed limiters.

UK drivers have already seen numerous amounts of driving law changes this year, with the new Highway Code rules and motoring fines.

Now they will need to learn a host of new new regulations designed to boost road safety and reduce emissions.

Here are all the changes motorists will see this month:

EU speed limiters

A bunch of new driving laws will be introduced in the UK this month ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

From July 6, all newly launched cars will be legally required to be fitted with a speed limiter in the European Union.

However, a Department for Transport spokesperson has said that a firm decision on this has not been made yet, report the Express.

Despite Brexit, it was thought that the UK might follow suit by adopting the new safety regulations, as the Government has retained many EU laws for new vehicles.

The spokesperson added: “The UK’s departure from the EU provides us with the platform to capitalise on our regulatory freedoms and make decisions that are right for Great Britain and benefit road safety.

“We’re currently assessing the vehicle safety technologies included in the EU's General Safety Regulation and a decision will be taken in due course as to whether to mandate any of those in Great Britain.”

The EU 2019/2044 regulation also mandates all new cars that have already launched be fitted with an Intelligent Speed Assist (ISA) by July 7, 2024.

However, many ministers within Government have been critical of their introduction - namely Jacob Rees-Mogg - and have even claimed the UK should not follow EU rules.

Fuel prices

In many places across the UK, Brits are having to pay over £2 per litre for petrol ( Image: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock)

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, earlier in June, called on the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate record petrol and diesel prices.

Currently, fuel prices stand at an average of 191.10p per litre of petrol.

For diesel, they are marginally higher at 198.96p per litre.

It has been reported that in many places, some petrol stations are already charging more than £2 a litre.

The report from the CMA is due on July 7.

Manchester Clean Air Zone

Despite Brexit, it was thought the UK might follow suit by adopting new driving safety regulations ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

In May, Manchester was scheduled to launch their charging area, but it was paused early February.

The controversial scheme is set to charge owners of non-compliant vans, buses, coaches, taxis and lorries to tackle nitrogen dioxide pollution.

Decisions regarding how the zone will operate have not been made, but Mayor Andy Burnham is calling for a non-charging scheme. He has said he will continue to rally against the proposal amid rising fuel prices, supply chain issues and the cost of living crisis.

His requests come despite the fact the Government pushing for charging only in the city centre.

A consultation on the Clean Air Zone, and a revised plan to it will take place by July 1.

Electric car chargers

From the end of the month - June 30 - all home and workplace electric vehicle chargers will be required to have smart charging capabilities.

The aim of this new law is to help manage the strain on the National Grid, and prompt drivers to switch to EV-friendly energy tariffs.

With this it is also hoped that thousands of EV drivers will charge their vehicles during off peak hours, ensuring there is no strain on the utilities company.

The move would also help save money at the same time.

 

Source: The Daily Mirror

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/major-new-driving-laws-introduced-27376798

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