Are you aware that there are new motoring laws that came into effect in April 2021? With Westminster focusing on improving the safety of UK roads, there have been a handful of new laws implemented that motorists need to be aware of before getting behind the wheel. So, what are the new changes to be aware of?

MOT Updates

One of the most notable changes has been to MOT testing. In addition to the extension as a result of COVID ending, there have also been a range of new checks added, such as under-inflated tyres and contaminated brake fluid along with updates to the MOT defect categories. Keep in mind that you could face a fine of £1,000 for driving without a valid MOT, so you will want to book MOT online at a trusted provider if you are due.

Mobile Phone Bans

One of the biggest and most important changes to occur has been stricter phone penalties and a legal loophole being sealed. Now, any driver caught holding their smartphone or GPS system while driving could receive 6 points on their license and a £200 fine.

Improvement to Smart Motorways

Smart motorways are useful for improving traffic flow, but it is important to be aware that it is now illegal to drive in a lane that has a red X sign overhead and this could result in three points on your license and a fine of up to £100 or more serious consequences in dangerous cases.

Clean Air Zones

It is clear that the government is doing all it can to encourage motorists to switch to electric cars and to hit clean air targets, so it is not a surprise that Clean Air Zones are being introduced to major cities including Birmingham, Bath, Oxford, Leeds and Bristol. This means that those driving less eco-friendly vehicles will face a daily charge to drive in certain areas.

EU Changes

Motorists also need to be aware of changes in driving in the EU as a result of Brexit. Even if there is not much international travel at the moment, people will soon be looking to travel and it is likely that people will prefer to drive instead of fly. From now, motorists will need a green card (available from your insurer), the vehicle logbook and a GB sticker placed on their number plate.

These are the main changes that have come into effect in the UK and it is vital that motorists are aware of these before setting off. People have been driving much less during COVID-19, but the roads are already getting busier and you certainly do not want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law.