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New driving laws and rule changes in 2022

New driving laws and rule changes in 2022

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Before you next get behind the wheel, it’s worth refreshing your driving knowledge on the latest rules and law changes to avoid getting a fine or unwanted points on your license.

This year there has been some new driving laws and rule changes put in place but do motorists knows what these changes are?

Before you next get behind the wheel, it’s worth refreshing your driving knowledge to avoid getting a fine or unwanted points on your license.

What are the New Rule/Law Changes?


Mobile Phone Rule Changes

2022 is the year of stricter mobile phone usage when driving. Changes that have been made to phone rules when you’re behind the wheel include:

  • It will become an offence to take photos and videos
  • It will become an offence Select a song on your playlist
  • It will become an offence play games on your phone, even if you are stopped at a red light

Using a mobile phone in car

Not adhering to these rules could cost you a £200 fine and 6 points on your license

Using your phone if it’s on hands-free device will still be allowed for finding directions.


Updated road hierarchy

As of 29th January 2022, changes to the Highway Code will come into effect. The changes have been brought in to improve road safety for more vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

It will now the responsibility of a car driver to be aware of cyclists, pedestrians, or horse riders. For example, when a car is turning into a road or exiting a road, they should stop to let pedestrians cross.

The New Hierarchy is as follow:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Horse Riders
  • Motorcyclists
  • Cars/Taxis
  • Vans/Minibuses
  • Large Passenger Vehicles/Heavy goods vehicles

Drivers now also must take care to:

  • Give cyclists, horse-riders and pedestrians as much room as a car – 1.5 metres for cyclists and two metres for horses
  • Drive under 10mph when going past horses and under 30mph when passing cyclists
  • Give at least two metres space when passing pedestrians walking on the road, where there is no pavement and making sure that speed is also dropped to ‘low’.

Pavement parking ban

You could now face up to £70 fines for parking on the pavements if the ban gets rolled out nationwide.

It is already illegal in London, but is set to be outlawed across the rest of the UK, too.

Car parked on the road next to the path


New chip to stop you speeding

26,000 road deaths happen in Europe every year, and speed is one of the main causes.

A new speed-limiting software called the Intelligent Speed Assistance system (ISA) has been developed and all new vehicles sold in Europe will be fitted in with a mandatory ISA from July 6, 2022.

Models on the market manufactured before that must have them installed by May 2024.


New Clean Air Zones

Greater Manchester and Bradford will introduce Clean Air Zones in 2022

From May 30, 2022, the Manchester Clean Air Zone will start. A date is yet to be announced for the Bradford Clean Air Zone.

The Manchester Clean Air Zone will cover Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan.

Bradford too will start charging polluting vehicles entering its Clean Air Zone from 2022 onwards.


No more flashing lights

Flashing your lights has always been universally accepted as a way of saying ‘you can go ahead’ or ‘thank you’ – but not anymore.

The new code states: ‘Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there.

‘Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.’

It joins revving your engine and aggressively honking your horn as an outlawed practice.

Flashing your lights has always been seen as a polite "please" or "thank you". However not anymore, the new code states: “Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users.”

It joins revving your engine and aggressively honking your horn as an outlawed practice.


Electric Vehicle (EV) charging cables

With the rise in Electric Vehicle ownership, a new addition has made the Highway Code. Rule 239 states "every care should be taken when charging vehicles to minimise any danger".

Electric Vehicle charging

Don't leave any EV cables dangling in the street where they could injure pedestrians.


EV charging points

A new law will come into force this year that will require all new build homes and buildings to have electric car charging points installed. This is expected to see an increase in 145,000 charging stations in operation.

Basic rapid chargers cost around £800 however the Government will be offering some financial support to those who need it.


Smart motorways

With Smart motorways becoming more common, it’s important to understand the rules and what could land you a fine.

Lanes marked with a red ‘X’ cannot be used. If you’re caught driving in one of these lanes, you’ll face a £100 charge and three points on your licence.


Towing rules

This rule came into play on the 16th December 2021 whereby drivers who passed their test after 1997 are now allowed to tow trailers without passing another exam.