There are some new driving laws being introduced in march that all UK motorists should be aware of.
Changes include mobile phone laws being toughened up and number plate rules that will affect drivers around the country.
The new mobile phone law means that drivers could be faced with a £200 fine and six points on their driving license if they don’t comply with the new rules.
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Meanwhile, the number plate rule will see license plates on cars change for 2022.
Also new rules which could be introduced in March could see councils get powers to allow them to enforce fines to drivers.
Minor traffic offenses can get enforced by councils including illegal u-turns and driving the wrong way down a street.
Here’s all the changes being brought in for March 2022.
Mobile phone laws to be toughened up
Drivers who are caught could face a hefty £200 fine or six points on their driving license if they seen by traffic cameras or the police.
The current law bans drivers from making a call and texting while driving but the changes on March 25 will cover most scenarios including accessing the internet or taking photos.
The new law will stop drivers doing these things on March 25 – and if you do, you could be fined:
- illuminating the screen
- checking the time
- checking notifications
- unlocking the device
- making, receiving, or rejecting a telephone or internet based call
- sending, receiving or uploading oral or written content
- sending, receiving or uploading a photo or video
- utilizing camera, video, or sound recording functionality
- draft any text
- accessing any stored data such as documents, books, audio files, photos, videos, films, playlists, notes or messages
- accessing an application
- accessing the internet
Number plates to change
From March 1, cars registered will be given a 22 day – rather than the current 71.
And the new number plates for cars and vans will be made from a new material, which is supposedly tougher.
They are reportedly more resistant to damage and abrasion.
Number plates can now only display solid black lettering as two tone plates that used different shades to create a 3D or 4D effect have been banned.
Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will be able to read the plate more easily as a result, according to travel and traffic experts.
Councils to get more powers to enforce driving offenses
Sometime in spring, which could be brought in by March, councils in England and Wales will be given new powers to fine motorists up to £70 for minor traffic offenses such as stopping in yellow box junctions, illegal turns and driving in cycle lanes in 2022 .
It will be the first time that councils outside London and Cardiff will be able to do this.
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