The nine amendments to the Driving Act will enter into force in 2022 – starting on 1 January

Inflation on many things this year has meant that the car tax will be one of many things rising in 2022, along with a new set of rules and emission zones.

As reported by the Mirror, road users are being warned that charges for clean air will start coming into force in more rural and urban areas, while brand new rules for those texting and driving will also come into force in 2022.

Below are all the nine new rules that will come into force across the UK next year.

Using cell phones will include taking selfies, switching songs, and recording video

At present, the only way motorists can be punished for using a phone at the wheel is through “interactive communication” – meaning that anyone using their device to record video, take pictures or change the song on a downloaded playlist can evade a fine and points on their driving license.

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However, this needs to change next year as all of the above will also be banned.

Doing any of these will result in a £ 200 fine on the spot and a full six points on their license.

A loophole that is often used to use phones by the steering wheel is about to be closed.

You will still be able to use a device ‘hands-free’ – such as a sat-nav.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries are happening while cell phones are being held back.

“By making it easier to prosecute people illegally by using their phone at the wheel, we ensure that the law is brought into the 21st century, while further protecting all road users.”

It is understood that this change will take effect from mid-January onwards due to a public consultation.

The only loophole in this law is that motorists can still make contactless payments with their phone as long as the car is stationary.

Rising vehicle tax (VED)

VED, often referred to as tolls, will also increase in 2022 in line with the retail price index’s inflation target, and this is due to happen in mid-April.

The government has not yet announced the latest rates, but as before, the amount of tax you will have to pay will likely depend on your new car’s CO2 emissions.

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This means that those emitting zero grams per kilometer of CO2 are expected to continue to pay zero, while petrol and most diesel-powered drivers (including hybrids) emitting between 1g and 50g per kilometer will pay £ 10 for the first 12 months.

Cars that emit between 51g and 5g per. kilometers, currently paying £ 25 for the first year.

Cars that emit between 76g and 150g per. kilometers of CO2, so their VED prices rise by £ 5 this year – to £ 220.

The more CO2 a car emits per kilometer, the more you are likely to pay next year.

Cars that emit more than 255 g CO2 per kilometers, is usually hardest hit. These currently give you £ 2,245 a year in tax – it then rises every April.

You can find out how much you are paying right now, here.

Fuel tax

The budget for 2021 has confirmed yet another freeze on the tax you pay per capita. liters of gasoline or diesel.

The fuel tax remains at 57.95 pence per liter – as it has been for the last ten years.

However, petrol prices continue to rise to record levels and will most likely rise next year as well.

The latest Highway Code hierarchy is coming into place

The ‘traffic hierarchy’ will be changed again in 2022, to protect the most vulnerable road users.

It has put cyclists higher up the list, which means that larger vehicles will be required to take extra good care of them, and if the accident is out, it will be the larger vehicle that is to blame.

The new system reads:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Riders
  • Motorcyclists
  • Cars / taxis
  • Vans / minibuses
  • Large cars / trucks

Council can issue fines of £ 70

Road users will be hit by extensive enforcement by municipalities to hit them with fines of £ 70.

The “moving traffic” offenses will allow local authorities to punish motorists for, among other things, stopping at yellow box intersections and performing bad turns.

At present, most municipalities can only issue fines for parking and driving on bus lanes.

The police are typically responsible for issuing fines for “moving traffic”.

But the new powers will mean that both municipalities and the police will be able to apply for the right to issue sanctions.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “We are afraid that some authorities may be over-enthusiastic about using their new powers for revenue-generating reasons.

“Citizens who openly ignore signage or motorway rules should expect fines, but there are cases that are not always unambiguous.

Potential ban on sidewalk parking across the UK

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London’s ban on sidewalks could be rolled out to the rest of the UK next year, MPs have suggested.

Scotland has already passed a new bill that will ban all sidewalk parking from 2023, but this could be a thing across the UK in 2022.

DfT’s consultation proposed three options for reforming the rules on sidewalk parking:

  1. Improving the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) process, after which local authorities can already ban sidewalk parking.
  2. A change in the law to allow local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to enforce “unnecessary sidewalk obstruction”.
  3. A change in the law to introduce a ban on London-style sidewalk parking throughout England.

Red diesel and reduced biofuels will be illegal for most vehicles

This measure will mostly affect companies rather than individuals, and it limits the legal use of red diesel and reduced biofuels from 1 April 2022.

Red diesel is diesel that is mainly used off-road, such as for bulldozers and cranes, or to operate drilling machines for oil extraction.

The amendment aims to promote the use of more sustainable fuels as part of the UK’s 2050 climate target.

Speed ​​limiters in vehicles

New cars will be equipped with speed limiters from July 6, 2022 to improve road safety.

Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance (ISA) black boxes will use GPS to find out what the speed limit is and will then ensure that the car does not break it.

A new regulation will be imposed by the European Commission in the General Security Regulation, which has been approved by the European Parliament in 2019.

ISAs will be mandatory for all new models that receive ‘type approval’ from 6 July. That means any new car coming on the market from that date, rather than new cars already in production.


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