New UK Traffic Laws & Changes 2021

9 months ago

There are some new driving laws & car fittings being introduced in the coming months you may need to be aware of :

  • Holding mobile phones or sat-navs while driving under ‘any’ circumstances will be illegal & you can expect a £200 fine & 6 penalty points.
  • Parking on pavements will be banned across the country & will warrant a fine of £70.
  • Brexit changes to driving in Europe will mean that you have to check you have the correct car insurance & that you carry a green card.
  • Extensions for the MOT test due to COVID finished in January 2021, so those without a valid MOT certificate again face fines of up to £1000.
  • From 2022 all new cars will be fitted with MSAT (Mandatory Speed Assist Tools) & ALKS (Automatic Lane Keeping System) which tells the driver if they are dropping off to sleep (ALKS) or driving too fast (MSAT) & can interfere with the car if they continue to drive above the limit – how we don’t know yet.
  • The Transport Secretary has confirmed that number plates on cars will change from displaying the European Union Flag to the Union Jack. The GB will still appear on the left hand side of the plate & will have a green background if its an electric vehicle. The green flash is optional though, but it has been suggested by having could allow special parking discounts & easier travel in CAZ (Clean Air Zones). Conventional petrol & diesel cars will have the Union Jack flag displayed without the green flash.
  • Birmingham, London, Oxford, Bath & Bristol will have these zones at various times over the coming year. Check the various websites to see if your vehicle qualifies or has to pay to enter. From 25 October 2021 London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will extend to create a single, larger zone bounded by the North Circular Road (A406) and the South Circular Road (A205).
  • E10 petrol – a more eco-friendly type of petrol containing up to 10 per cent ethanol – will be available at fuel stations across the UK from September 2021 7 will become the default form of petrol with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions. The E5 petrol currently on sale at British fuel station forecourts contains no more than five per cent ethanol – E10 contains twice as much – but this could cause problems for some cars. All petrol cars built from 2011 onwards are E10 compatible. A GOOGLE search will find you an E10 compatibility checker for your vehicle, but current E5 unleaded be removed once a fuel station has switched to E10. However E5 will still be able to purchase E5 in super-unleaded form which will be maintained in the UK. It is believed that the higher bioethanol content in E10 petrol could dislodge deposits in older engines & fuel systems, causing blockages. It could also cause some seals, gaskets, metals and plastics to corrode.
  • Low Emission Zones will be areas of a city that charge vehicles with high emissions to enter. They’re usually found in areas that have high levels of pollution. You can enter the zone with no charge if your vehicle is:
    • A moped or motorcycle
    • A diesel vehicle, minimum standard Euro 6
    • A petrol vehicle, minimum standard Euro 4
    • A vehicle with zero emissions (electric or hydrogen)
    • A low emissions vehicle