Upcoming key driving laws and regulations for 2024

12 Jan 2024
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12 Jan 2024

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New driving laws and rules you need to know for 2024

Avoid surprises with the upcoming changes in driving laws and regulations in 2024. Check out our summary to stay informed.

The UK’s economy heavily relies on the automotive industry, and governing bodies consistently devise plans to facilitate its ongoing progress whether they’re focused on lowering CO2 emissions or endorsing technological advancements, numerous laws and regulations are in the pipeline each year that could impact you.

Here’s a summary of what to anticipate in 2024:

British car manufacturers must increase sales of electric cars and vans in 2024 or potentially incur fines

Starting from January 1, 2024, automobile manufacturers must have a minimum of 22% of their car sales and 10% of their van sales as fully electric, as per the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate. This initiative aims to boost the adoption of electric vehicles and reduce emissions. The government intends to progressively raise these percentages, targeting at least 80% electric car sales by 2030 and achieving zero-emission status for all cars sold in the UK by 2035, aligning with the ban on the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2023.

Car manufacturers falling short of the 2024 targets will face fines of £15,000 per car and £9,000 per van below the specified percentages. To meet these goals, manufacturers may need to expand their electric vehicle offerings, providing more choices to attract buyers. Competitive deals and incentives might also be offered to meet the mandated targets.

Proposed adjustments to the DVSA Eyesight Test

As part of the DVSA’s 2024 agenda, modifications to the eyesight test during a driving examination are being considered. Currently, passing the eyesight test involves reading a number plate from a distance of 20 metres. However, there is a potential shift in this testing approach. The DVSA is in the process of consulting a Medical Panel to determine the optimal testing procedure, seeking input from drivers and experts for improved methods.

The DVSA aims to enhance flexibility in the testing method and assess the driver’s eyesight under various lighting conditions.

London will implement fresh safety regulations for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)

To decrease fatalities and injuries on London roads, Transport for London (TfL) has unveiled plans to implement a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit system. This mandates that Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) must possess a safety permit before accessing most areas in Greater London. TfL assesses vehicles based on the DVS, assigning a star rating that gauges the driver’s visibility through cab windows, ensuring the safety of other road users.

Commencing from October 28, 2024, all lorries weighing over 12 tonnes must either have a three-star rating or incorporate a progressive Safe System to enhance safety, allowing them to continue operating in Greater London. Failure to meet these new requirements will result in drivers receiving a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

Additionally, HGVs are obligated to obtain a safety permit before entering and operating in areas covered by the HGV safety permit scheme. The permit application is free of charge, and details about the covered areas in Greater London can be found here.

The freeze on fuel duty could potentially end in March

Since January 2011, fuel duty has remained frozen to prevent its escalation with inflation. The standard rate for diesel and petrol has been 52.95 pence per litre (ppl), as indicated by the Office for Budget Responsibility, which includes the 5 ppl reduction granted by the government until the conclusion of March 2024 to alleviate the cost of living crisis. More details about the future of the fuel duty freeze and the 5 ppl reduction will be unveiled in the Spring Budget of 2024.

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