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New Driving Laws Coming UK

The new rules are designed to protect vulnerable road users. They were introduced earlier this year and are intended to improve road safety and help the environment. These include new laws for charging electric vehicles, new clean air zones and tough new emergency vehicle laws.

Speed limiters

Speed limiters are an increasingly popular way to help reduce the number of road accidents. One in three road fatalities is caused by excess speed. New speed limiter laws are expected to reduce the number of road accidents and consequently road casualties. However, drivers of cars fitted with speed limiters may face difficulty in claiming compensation if they are involved in an accident.

Drivers will be forced to take more care when approaching the speed limit, as a warning system will come into operation. In addition, vehicles will also be required to have automatic brakes. They must also adhere to standard road rules such as giving way to emergency vehicles.

Electric vehicle charging points

The new Low Emission Zones scheme will make it illegal for drivers to use their mobile phones while on a journey. The aim is to reduce the emissions produced by cars, which are causing air pollution. Many UK cities have already rolled out these zones, and many more are expected to follow suit in the coming years. Those who fail to comply will face heavy fines. The ban on diesel fuel will force businesses to use cleaner fuels.

The new driving laws coming into force in the UK next month aim to improve road safety and protect the most vulnerable road users. These laws include tougher rules for mobile phone use, charging electric cars, low emission zones, and the use of speed limiters. Despite Brexit, the new laws will be applied to UK drivers regardless of whether they are citizens of other countries.

Automatic lane keeping systems

Automatic lane keeping systems are the latest in a growing list of technology advancements in cars. The government has recently published proposals to legalise this technology, which helps drivers keep their hands off the wheel and concentrate on the road. The systems are designed to operate safely at a maximum speed of 60km/h. They also need to operate on roads with a central reservation, which separates cars travelling in opposite directions. These roads are generally off limits to cyclists and pedestrians. The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, has called the technology ‘life-changing’ and said it could prevent nearly 47,000 serious accidents and save up to 3,900 lives over the next decade.

The Department for Transport has also announced plans for a trial period of automated lane keeping systems in the UK. The trial will help the country develop its own rules for the self-driving technology. Once the testing period is complete, Britain can legalise the use of automated vehicles, including ALKS.

Stopping for cyclists

The changes to the Highway Code come into force on 1 January and are intended to improve road safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The changes will also apply to parking in certain areas and mobile phone use. However, many drivers are not aware of the new rules and are not sure if they will make a difference. A survey by the AA revealed that 33% of drivers did not know about the new rules and 4% had no intention of checking the details. Despite this, the government is launching a communications drive this month with further campaigns in the summer.

Drivers should always give way to cyclists. This is true whether the cyclists are on the cycle track, the cycle lane, or simply on the road. Cyclists have the right of way and should be given priority at junctions. If they do not, drivers will be fined and may lose their licence.

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