Drivers could be hit with £70 fine under new rule – what you need to know

THE new year has brought with it a raft of new driving rules and regulations – and if you don't know about them you could get hit with a fine.

One new rule could give local authorities the power to fine drivers £70 for traffic offences.

Previously, local councils have only been able to fine drivers for parking and driving in bus lanes but now they'll be able to do much more.

Under new proposals, councils will be able to fine drivers for stopping in yellow box junctions and many other so-called "moving traffic" offences.

A moving traffic offence is an offence that hinders the traffic flow of the roads.

Parking offences are already dealt with by councils meaning these new road offences will give them additional authority.

Currently, police forces are the ones responsible for traffic offences, except in London and Cardiff where councils can already issue fines.

Under new proposals, councils across the country will have more say.

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But individual councils will have to apply for the right to issue penalties.

The Department for Transport said regulations were laid out in December and, while a date hasn't been set, they will come in effect this year.

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “We’re expecting regulations on the changes which will allow local authorities outside of London and Cardiff to enforce moving traffic offence to be put down in Parliament later this month and approved by the spring, barring no significant delays.

"Enforcement will no doubt follow soon after for those councils that wish to do so.”

What other new driving rules are happening in 2022

Using a mobile phone

While using a mobile phone while driving was already an offence, extra measures have been added.

There has now been a further ban on using your phone to take pictures and videos, change a song or play games.

Even if you are at a red light or going through a drive-through, using a phone is not allowed.

The only exceptions are when paying for goods through a drive-through or a toll via your phone.

If caught using a mobile phone, drives can face up to six points on their license and a £200 fine.

Highway Code hierarchy changes

The Highway Code has released a hierarchy to protect those most vulnerable on the roads.

This means that those driving with larger vehicles impose greater risk on those roads and must ensure they're not putting anyone in danger.

The hierarchy is:

  1. Pedestrians
  2. Cyclists
  3. Horse riders
  4. Motorcyclists
  5. Cars/taxis
  6. Vans/minibuses
  7. Large passenger vehicles/heavy good vehicles

Road Tax to increase

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), is set to increase in April 2022.

This is in line with RPI inflation.

The amount of tax payable is due to how much CO2 emissions your car makes and some drivers could see an increase of up to £130 in their tax.

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