This year, motorists can expect a series of new driving laws to come into effect. Failing to comply with these laws could result in a fine, penalty points, or even their car insurance being revoked.
Whether you’re a car driver or a truck driver, here are five changes you need to be aware of in 2021.
A loophole in the law which meant drivers were able to take photos or videos while behind the wheel without punishment has now been closed. The new rules state that drivers could face a fine of up to £200 and six penalty points for just holding a phone from now on. Check out our tips on how to avoid distracted driving.
Clean Air Zones
Plans for London’s ULEZ (ultra-low emission zone) system to be rolled out across more of the city’s boroughs will start later this year. This will mean millions more motorists will have to pay an additional daily charge of £12.50.
Away from London, Bath and Birmingham will also introduce Clean Air Zone charges in 2021 – the first UK cities outside of London to do so.
British drivers travelling to the EU this year will need a car insurance green card to prove they have a valid policy in place. If driving in the EU, motorists must have a paper copy of this document and their vehicle’s V5C logbook with them at all times.
Green number plates
Green number plates are now available for drivers of electric and zero-emission vehicles. The government has suggested that owners of full-electric vehicles could benefit from perks including cheaper parking and access to special zero-emission zones.
End of MOT extension
During the first lockdown, the government announced a six-month MOT extension between 31 March and 31 July. These test extensions ended on 31 January. From now on, drivers who do not have a valid MOT certificate could face a fine of up to £1,000.
Find out what other road laws you should know about.