New Driving Laws in 2023 To Beware Of

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) levy payments set to recommence from August 2023.

All heavy goods vehicles (weighing over 12 tonnes) are required to pay a levy cost to cover any wear and tear they cause on the roads. During the Covid 19 pandemic, the government waived this payment for all UK registered HGV’S. This was of great assistance to companies who were struggling to survive financially and facing a shortage of drivers due to the pandemic. As WHO ended its declaration of Covid 19 being a PHEIC on May 5th 2023, levy payments will now resume from August 2023.

New Number Plates

From March 2023, registration will open for new cars under the ‘23’ reg plate. From September 2023 you will also be able to register new cars for a ‘73’ plate.

20mph Speed Cap Limits

 In September 2023, motorists in Wales are to expect all speed limits on residential roads to be cut from 30mph to 20mph. Local authorities have already begin introducing the changes and they forecast these will be completed  by September 2023. This change has been introduced by the Welsh Government in an effort to improve road safety in the country. A report carried out by the Welsh Government references this by stating ‘We know from previous studies that 20mph encourages more walking and cycling and in doing so improves cardiorespiratory health, as well as reducing stress and anxiety, thereby improving mental health’.

Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

 In April 2019, The ULEZ was first introduced in an effort to help address London’s poor air quality and initially included only Central London. From August 2023, this will now extend to cover all 33 boroughs and operate for 24 hours a day. This is important for motorists to take note of because if you are found to be exceeding the minimum emission s standards, you can expect to pay a daily charge of £12.50. Currently Transport for London have advised that 4/5 vehicles are meeting the emission standards at present. Any vehicles not meeting this standard are subject to a £180 fine.

New Traffic Powers for Council

 Twelve councils in Britain are being granted powers to fine drivers for motoring offences committed . Councils whom have received these powers include: 

  • Surrey Council
  • Derby Council
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Norfolk Council

These councils will be monitoring yellow box junctions and awarding a £70 fine to those found to be guilty.

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