New driving laws are set to come into effect in 2021 with many of the massive changes already being finalised.
Failure to follow the new rules may see drivers being given hefty fines and/or penalty points, also (in some cases), car insurance companies may invalidate insurance.
Here are some of the changes you should know about: –
Brexit changes to international travel
If you’re driving in the EU in your own vehicle, you will need a green card, your driving licence and a GB sticker on your registration number plate.
A green card is proof that your vehicle has a valid certificate of insurance, these can be obtained from your insurance company. It would be advisable to request a green card with plenty of time before your journey!
If you’re journey is less than 12 months, you will also need to take your V5C logbook with you.
If it’s a car you’ve hired or leased, you’ll need to take VE103 form which proves you can take it out of the UK.
Stricter penalties for mobile phone use
If you are caught with your phone in your hand or even sat nav you can be issues a £200 fine and six penalty points on your licence.
‘Holding’ also means scrolling through a playlist, playing a game or using social media.
MOT extension has ended
The Prime Minister announced earlier in 2020 an extension to MOTs. This meant that if your MOT was due between 31 March and 31 July, you would not have to get an MOT for six months.
The last date you could have an MOT extension was 31 July 2020, so if you are in that category you should arrange to get your vehicle MOT’d ASAP!
E10 fuel proposed for this year
A new cleaner petrol known as E10 will aim to reduce carbon emissions. It is estimated that using E10 is the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road.
Automatic Lane Keeping Systems approved
Automatic Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS) keep cars in lane automatically at low speeds. And for the first time, drivers will be able to delegate control of the vehicle.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) approved ALKS in June 2020.
The system should be introduced in spring this year, this is dependant on the outcome of the safety evidence gathered between August and October 2020.
Green number plates for vehicles with zero emissions
Electric or zero emission vehicle drivers will now have green number plates and aimed to promote them by making them more visible.
Vehicles with these plates could access cheaper parking and free entry into Low Emission Zones.
The new plates will have a green stripe or flash on the left-hand side of the plate.