Six driving laws introduced next month – from clean air zones to phone bans

In the past few months, we've seen a lot of motoring laws come into place.

But from April, drivers face even more rules on the road like parking and phone mobile bans.

It's important to understand the regulations as England finally eased lockdown restrictions on Monday.

Now as Brits find themselves with a little bit more freedom, the roads are likely going to be used more often than before.

Some of the big changes include clean air zones, pavement parking bans and so much more.

Here are six new driving laws to look out for, with some being enforced as soon as next month.

New "Benefit in Kind" introduced

From next month, there will be new rules for taxing people who use benefits on top of their salaries, such as a company car.

The 2020/2021 financial year has introduced new emissions tests to adjust the BIK tax price accordingly.

Pavement parking ban

Drivers are not allowed to park on pavements in London due to how it blocks and confuses visually impaired pedestrians.

Also pavements are not often built to withstand the weight of vehicles with councils spending money to repair them.

Although it's yet to be confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT), people could soon face a £70 fine for parking on pavements.

  • Millions of drivers face new daily charge with changes introduced next Monday

Mobile phones ban

Although using a mobile phone behind the wheel is already illegal, there was a loophole which allowed people to get away with it.

Previously, motorists could use a phone to take photos or videos but now that's no longer the case.

Drivers can risk a £200 fine and six penalty points on their licence with the final decision to be published by the end of April.

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More clean air zones

Cars with a high Euro emissions standard will likely be charged for how much more pollutant they are.

Bath has announced its clean air zone this month, with Birmingham due to have its own by June 1.

Meanwhile, London could expand its Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in October.

Outer London charge

As part of the mayor's efforts to reduce emissions and congestion, commuters driving into the capital could be charged £3.50 a day.

If their vehicles are high emission cars, then drivers could have to pay £5.50 on a daily basis.

Purchase tax

Petrol and diesel drivers could be charged for owning high emission cars.

UK Energy Research Centre wants to levy a 50% purchase tax from people with cars that emit more than 225gCO2/km.

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