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Navigating the Roads: UK Driving Law Changes in 2024

12 January 2024

As we step into a new year, the United Kingdom is gearing up to implement several changes to its driving laws in 2024. At Startin Group, we are committed to providing you with comprehensive insights into the recent changes that impact your driving experience. This article aims to be your go-to resource for understanding and adapting to the driving laws and rules update. 

Keeping Up with Speed Limit Adjustments

Certain regions in the UK will witness alterations to speed limits based on extensive safety assessments. These adjustments aim to strike a balance between efficient travel and road safety.

It's crucial for drivers to stay informed about speed limit changes in specific areas to avoid unintentional violations and ensure a smoother driving experience.

DVSA eyesight test changes

While the DVSA is yet to confirm what changes will be made to the eyesight exam, many experts predict drivers might be tested in different lighting conditions.

As part of the DVSA’s plan for 2024, the eyesight test during a driving test might see some changes. Currently, if you can read a number plate from 20 metres away, you pass the eyesight test. This method of testing your eyesight might change in the future.

HGVs face new safety rules in London from 2024

Transport for London (TfL) has announced its plan to introduce a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit scheme that mandates heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) to have a safety permit before entering most parts of Greater London.

Assigning a star rating to vehicles based on the DVS which measures how much of the road and surroundings can the driver see through their cab windows to ensure that the other road users are visible and safe.

Fuel duty freeze

Fuel duty is payable when you buy petrol, diesel and other fuels and is included in the price you pay at the pump.

In Spring Budget 2022, the government announced a five pence per litre (ppl) cut to fuel duty to support households and businesses. This reduction was then extended by another 12 months to keep the fuel rates under check for the year 2023-24. Rates remain frozen till end of March 2024.

Stricter Penalties for Mobile Phone Use

Recognising the dangers of distracted driving, the UK is intensifying penalties for mobile phone use while behind the wheel. The updated law will impose heavier fines and stricter consequences for drivers caught using their phones, including potential licence suspension for repeat offenders.
This measure reflects the government's commitment to curbing distracted driving and improving overall road safety.

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs), the UK is reaffirming its commitment to sustainable transportation.

New laws will mandate the expansion of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country, making it more convenient for EV users to recharge their vehicles. This move aligns with the government's ambitious targets of the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate which aims at increasing the sale of electric vehicles to help reduce emissions. 

The evolution of driving laws in the UK in 2024 reflects the government's commitment to adapting to the changing landscape of transportation. From the integration of Speed Limit Adjustments to the expansion of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate, these changes aim to create a safer, more efficient, and environmentally friendly driving experience.

As these regulations come into effect, it's essential for drivers to stay informed and adhere to the updated laws to ensure a seamless transition and contribute to the overall improvement of road safety in the United Kingdom. Sometimes it's tricky keeping up to date with all the never-ending changes to motoring laws, but we hope to keep you covered with some of the updates. Stay Smart, Stay Safe with Startin Group.

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