New Year, new rules.
Just a few days into the New Year and you’ve already been drunk during Dry January and had a burger in Veganuary. But with the new year, sees a wave of new laws being brought into place over the next few months.
We’ve rounded up a few of the new law changes for 2020 that could affect you.
New MOT rules
We’ve all been there, sat in the MOT test centre waiting room, praying that it’ll pass. As effect of 2020, several new requirements are being introduced. They include checks for:
- Under-inflated tyres
- Contaminated brake fluid
- Brake pad warning lights and missing brake pads or discs
- Reversing lights (vehicles newer than September 2009)
- Daytime running lights (vehicles newer than March 2018)
As well as the new requirements, there are new categories for defects with cars which drivers will need to understand. They are:
- Dangerous – Direct risk to road safety or the environment. Results in a fail.
- Major – Could affect Safety or the environment. Results in a fail.
- Minor – No effect on safety, but should be repaired as soon as possible.
- Advisory – Could affect future.
- Pass – Meets the current legal standards.
Most drivers saw a rise in their vehicle excise duty in 2019. But owners of higher emissions will be charged up to an additional £15 with diesel car owners which fail to meet new mandatory emissions standard will continue to pay a higher tax rate.
Are you thinking of buying a new car in 2020? New car buyers could face an extra £65 on their first year’s car tax.
Low emission rules
London got a new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019, which currently applies to Central London. This is due to be extended to all of inner London in 2021.
However, the policy could be adopted by other parts of the UK in 2020. Birmingham and Leeds will be introducing their schemes in 2020. Bristol is also set to ban diesel cars, which has been passed by the council and subject to the Government law changes, will come into force in 2021. Cambridge, Cardiff, Newcastle, Derby and Edinburgh are also looking to introduce schemes.
Over the festive period is a great time to start planning the Summer holiday. And if those plans envolve driving in Europe, then you will need two vital pieces of information. Note. This is based on a no-deal Brexit and correct at the time of writing.
- International Driving Permit – These can be purchased via the post office. More information can be found by clicking here.
- Green Card – You will also need to carry a motor insurance green card when driving your vehicle in the EU and EEA. These can be obtained via your insurance company a month before travel. Have a policy with us? You can contact us to request one here
I’m sure that you’ve heard the radio and TV ads about it being illegal to drive in a lane closed by a red X on a smart motorway. If caught, you could receive a fixed penalty of £100 and three points.
Newly qualified drivers
The Government is looking to introduce a graduated driving licence. A pilot scheme for the licences is currently being tested in Northern Ireland and could be rolled out in England if successful. As it stands, new drivers who have been on the road for less than 2 years face stronger.
New restrictions could be imposed, and may focus on:
- Curfews – Limited to daylight hours driving
- Speed – Lower speeds than other drivers
- Alcohol – Lower limits on than the driving general driving population
- Passengers – A limit on the number of passengers that can be carried
- Engine size – Smaller, less powerful engines
- P Plates – A mandatory 2 years to display gree P plates