Four new driving laws and rules you need to know in 2024

There are several new motoring laws and rule changes coming into effect in during 2024, and it’s important that motorists stay informed about these. From electric vehicle mandates to updated DVSA tests, these changes aim to enhance safety, reduce emissions, and improve transparency for drivers across the UK. In this article, we provide a comprehensive overview of the key driving law changes and how they may impact you and your business on the road.

  1. Electric vehicle mandate

Effective from January 2024, significant changes have been made in the automotive industry, particularly concerning electric vehicles (EVs). Under the Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate, car manufacturers must ensure that at least 22% of their car sales and 10% of their van sales are fully electric. Failure to meet these targets will result in fines imposed by the government. This initiative aims to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, thereby reducing CO2 emissions and promoting sustainability in the transportation sector.

  1. DVSA eyesight test updates

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is planning revisions to the eyesight test conducted during driving examinations. Currently, candidates must demonstrate the ability to read a number plate from a distance of 20 meters. However, the DVSA seeks to enhance the testing procedure by introducing flexibility and assessing vision under varying light conditions. Consultations with a Medical Panel and stakeholders are underway to ensure that the updated test maintains rigorous standards while accommodating different driving environments.

  1. HGV safety rules in London

In a bid to enhance road safety in Greater London, Transport for London (TfL) will implement new safety regulations for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) from October 28th, 2024. The Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit scheme will require HGVs weighing over 12 tonnes to obtain a three-star rating or install a progressive Safe System to mitigate blind spots. Failure to comply with these regulations will result in penalty charges. Additionally, HGVs must acquire a safety permit before entering designated areas covered by the scheme, promoting safer interactions between commercial vehicles and vulnerable road users.

  1. Potential end to fuel duty freeze

Since January 2011, fuel duty in the UK has remained frozen to alleviate the impact of inflation on petrol and diesel prices. However, this freeze, including a 5 pence per litre cut, may come to an end in March 2024. The government is expected to address the future of fuel duty in the Spring Budget, signalling potential adjustments that could affect motorists’ expenses at the pump.

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