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Four new driving laws this month to look out for that affect all motorists

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Four new driving laws are being introduced this month and will affect all divers. The changes this July could mean drivers face harsh fines if they do not comply.

A string of new laws could have a big impact on UK drivers. There will also be a review into rising fuel prices this month as the cost of fuel skyrocketed over the past few weeks.

Birmingham Live reports that the Chancellor told MPs on Tuesday (June 28) that he will consider calls for a ‘more substantial’ fuel duty cut. It comes after concerns have been raised that the previous reduction didn’t help.

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Rishi Sunak said when challenged in the House of Commons that he will take the recommendations “under advisement”. The four new laws are as follows.

EU speed limiters

From July 6, all newly launched cars will be legally required to be fitted with a speed limiter in the European Union. Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, said: “The new speed limiters, which are expected to be introduced on cars that are sold from July 6 2022, will hopefully see new drivers sticking to the recommended speed limits.

“The technology is designed to warn drivers when they are approaching the speed limit. If the driver doesn’t slow down, the speed limiter reduces the engine’s power and the vehicle’s speed.

Fuel prices

Petrol prices are continuing to rise. The RAC said there is “no rhyme or reason why average forecourt prices are still going up”, while the AA claimed drivers are “being taken for fools by retailers”.

Earlier this month, the Competition and Markets Authority launched a “short and focused review” of how much drivers are being charged for fuel after a request by Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. Chancellor Rishi Sunak told MPs on Tuesday that he will carefully consider calls for a “more substantial” fuel duty cut.

Manchester Clean Air Zone

Manchester’s charging area was supposed to launch on May 30 but was paused in February. In the meantime, Environment Secretary George Eustice has written to leaders here suggesting the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) be reduced in size to cover just the city centre.

Greater Manchester’s response has been to publish a new plan. Due to be submitted to the Government next month, it lays out the case for a scheme which incentivises drivers to buy cleaner vehicles, thereby removing the need for any charging. It also excludes van drivers from the proposal.

Electric vehicles

From June 30, all home and workplace electric vehicle chargers will be required to have smart charging capabilities. The new laws are aimed at helping to manage the strain on the National Grid and prompt drivers to switch to EV-friendly energy tariffs. It is hoped thousands of EV drivers will charge during off-peak hours, ensuring there is no strain and saving money at the same time.


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