In 2023, there are several changes to driving rules in the UK that motorists should be aware of. Here are some of the key changes:
(Posted on 08/06/23)
Changes to car tax
Starting from April 2023, most drivers will experience an increase in road tax (Vehicle Excise Duty). However, electric vehicles (EVs) will remain exempt from road tax until 2025. Heavily polluting vehicles will see the highest increase, and there is also an additional premium tax charge for cars with a list price over £40,000.
Changes to Council powers
Some councils, such as those in Reading and Hampshire, now have the power to issue fines and penalty notices for driving offences. This includes fines for moving traffic offences like illegal U-turns or driving through bus lanes. Late payments come with a late payment charge.
Electric vehicle charging point fines
In certain areas, such as Sheffield and Aberdeen, fines can be imposed for leaving an electric vehicle plugged in for too long or hogging charging spots. Penalties have also been reported for leaving vehicles on charge at service stations.
Changes to speed limits
In Wales, some areas will see reductions in speed limits from 30mph to 20mph starting from September 2023. This change aims to reduce collisions, improve safety, and cut carbon emissions.
Expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)
Starting from August 29, 2023, London's ULEZ will expand to cover all boroughs, requiring vehicles to meet emissions standards. Failure to comply will result in a daily charge of £12.50.
Other motoring changes
London is implementing a scrappage scheme to assist residents, especially those with disabilities or means-tested benefits, in transitioning to new lower-emission vehicles. Benefit in Kind rates will remain the same until 2024/25 to encourage eco-friendly vehicle choices. Scotland may ban parking on pavements, and e-scooter trials are being expanded to more locations, subject to specific requirements and regulations.
It is important for motorists to stay updated on these changes to ensure compliance with the latest driving rules and regulations.
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