New 2022 laws affecting workers, drivers and more coming into force

Legal changes are common at the start of a new year, and 2022 is no different.

In addition to legislative changes, many more new rules will come into effect starting today after the UK leaves the European Union. reports LeicestershireLive

These aren’t just regulations that will have no impact on you – from the impact on your salary package to being safe on the road, this is a diverse list that will impact the daily lives of most of us.

Here is the list of new laws to watch out for.

Salary increases

If Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to keep his promise on the autumn budget, many people will receive a raise in April.

The National Living Wage, which is currently at £ 8.91 an hour for people 23 and older, will rise to £ 9.42 an hour from April to help those most in need, the reports Liverpool echo.

Elsewhere, the statutory maternity and paternity allowances as well as the shared parental allowance, adoption allowance and maternity allowance will also be changed.

Statutory parental benefit and statutory sickness benefit can also change.

Those of at least school leaving age will also benefit from an increase in the national minimum wage – the exact increase is not yet known.

There is also good news for apprentices who are entitled to a higher apprenticeship quota from 2022. This applies if they are either younger than 19 years or older than 19 years and are in their first year of apprenticeship.

Mandatory built-in EV chargers for new buildings

The construction work is already undergoing a major change: From this year new properties will be built in England that will have to have a charging station for electric vehicles as standard.

The legal requirement applies to all new apartments and buildings such as supermarkets and offices.

It also applies to completely renovated buildings with more than 10 parking spaces.

Previously announced by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the new law hopes to increase the number of electric vehicle chargers available to the public.

It’s also part of an effort to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles before banning sales of new diesel and gasoline cars from 2030.

Stricter laws on using phones while driving

Already illegal and deeply frowned upon by society, stricter laws on cell phones for motorists are to come into force from 2022.

The new tightened measures go further than before, so that it is now forbidden to take photos, scroll through playlists or play games behind the wheel.

The regulation, which also applies when there is a red light, supplements existing laws that prohibit making calls or sending text messages while driving.

Anyone who breaks the new rules could land a fine of £ 200 or six points on their license.

The only exception to the new legislation is that drivers can continue to use their device if it is “hands-free” while driving.

This applies to devices including a navigation device, but only if it is mounted in a holder.

Longer waiting times for ESA

As of March 24, people will have to wait longer than before before they can apply for Employment and Assistance (ESA).

The change was made as a temporary reduction in the number of days required to submit an application is now expiring.

ESA, worth up to £ 74.70, is designed to support people who are sick or disabled and unable to work.

Due to the pandemic, people could request ESAs on the first day of their absence from work – instead of the usual eighth day – a change that is now being rolled back.

Changes to the road traffic regulations

Improving road safety is a major reason for a number of new changes to the Highway Code, the rules of which will apply from January 29th.

The changes, which include the introduction of a hierarchy of road users known as Rule H1, will specifically curb:

  • Crossing of cyclists, riders or horse-drawn vehicles at crossings

  • Turning at an intersection can cause a cyclist or rider to stop or swerve

  • Do anything that would risk a collision with a cyclist

Rule H1 also means that motorists must be particularly careful when giving space to cyclists, riders and pedestrians.

Soon people should allow a distance of 1.5 meters for cyclists and two meters for horses.

Motorists are also instructed to drive less than 10 mph when passing horses and less than 30 mph when passing bicyclists.

This applies to situations where there is no sidewalk. The speed is also reduced to “low”, but no specific limit is set.

Speed ​​limiters are mandatory

To stay on the auto theme, all new vehicles sold in Europe will now be fitted with a mandatory speed limiter to keep cars within UK speed limits and improve road safety.

From July 6th, all new cars put on the market must be equipped with a speed limiter by law.

Red diesel and discounted biofuels are becoming illegal

Individual drivers are unlikely to be affected, but this fuel change from April 1st means companies will soon be restricted in the use of red diesel and cheaper biofuels.

Red diesel, mainly used on-site for bulldozers and cranes, is banned as part of efforts to promote more sustainable fuels.

The change, which also affects oil production drills, is set to help the UK meet its 2050 climate targets.

Changes to the universal credit

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will no longer be paying universal loans to postcard accounts from November

Since it won’t go into effect for many months, people should be aware that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will stop paying universal loans to postcard accounts as of November.

The change, which also applies to the state pension, means people will have to set up a new bank account before November in order to use the Payment Exception Service (PES).

The PES enables those who do not have a bank account to access benefit payments through the PayPoint network, which means that people can withdraw cash using either a payment card, a voucher via email, or an SMS with a unique reference number.

These methods can only be used by introducing yourself to a PayPoint branch that is in stores and newsagents so that people can access their benefits.

People who do not update the DWP with their new data by November will be automatically moved to the PES.

People who receive benefits from HMRC cannot switch to the PES.

A tax on plastic packaging

As of April, any UK manufacturer or importer will have to pay a Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT).

The tax, which affects all manufacturers and importers, applies to all plastic packaging that does not contain at least 30 percent recycled plastic.

The PPT rate is £ 200 per tonne of plastic wrap.

Clean air zones

As part of an effort to make big cities cleaner and safer for everyone by charging the most polluting vehicles, new clean air zones will be introduced later this year.

The first most notable is that of Greater Manchester, which introduces its zone from May 30th and includes Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Bradford will introduce its own Clean Air Zones in 2022, but a date is not yet known.


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