Navigating the New 2024 UK Driving Laws and Rules
Navigating the New 2024 UK Driving Laws and Rules

Navigating the New 2024 UK Driving Laws and Rules

2 January 2024
0 Comments

As we step into the new year, the automotive landscape in the United Kingdom is set to undergo significant transformations with the implementation of several driving laws and rules in 2024. From electric vehicle mandates to safety initiatives and potential shifts in fuel duty, these changes will shape the way we drive and navigate the roads. Join us as we explore the key updates that will impact drivers throughout the year.

1. Electric Revolution: UK Automakers Face ZEV Mandate

Commencing on 1st January 2024, a groundbreaking Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate will require UK automakers to substantially increase the sale of electric cars and vans. Manufacturers must ensure that at least 22% of car sales and 10% of van sales are fully electric. Failure to meet these targets will result in significant fines, emphasizing the government’s commitment to reducing emissions and fostering the electric vehicle revolution.

2. DVSA Eyesight Test Evolution

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) plans to revamp the eyesight test during driving examinations in 2024. Seeking flexibility and improved accuracy, the DVSA is consulting a Medical Panel to explore better testing methods. This initiative aims to ensure that drivers can demonstrate good eyesight under varying light conditions, enhancing safety on the roads.

3. London’s HGV Safety Revolution

In a bid to reduce fatalities and injuries on London roads, Transport for London (TfL) is set to introduce a Direct Vision Standard (DVS) and safety permit scheme for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs). From 28th October 2024, HGVs over 12 tonnes must meet specific visibility criteria or implement safety systems to operate in Greater London. This initiative underscores the city’s commitment to enhancing road safety.

4. Fuel Duty Freeze Uncertainty

Since January 2011, fuel duty has been frozen to alleviate the impact of inflation. The freeze, including a 5 pence per litre cut granted until March 2024, has contributed to stable fuel prices. The Spring Budget 2024 will reveal whether this freeze will continue, providing insights into the government’s approach to addressing the cost of living crisis.

5. New Number Plates and Stable Benefit in Kind (BiK)

March and September of 2024 mark the introduction of new registration plates – ’24’ and ’74.’ Meanwhile, Benefit in Kind (BiK) rates remain stable until the end of the financial year 2024-25. Post-April 2025, expect a 1% increase in BiK rates across tax brackets, impacting the tax on zero-emission cars.

6. Electric Vehicle Incentives

Electric vehicle owners continue to enjoy incentives, including exemption from vehicle excise duty until March 2025. Beyond this period, they will transition to the lowest tax rate, contributing £10 for the first year and the standard rate of £165 per financial year. Additionally, electric vehicles remain exempt from the London congestion charge until 25th December 2025.

7. E-scooter Trial Conclusion and Cardiff’s Congestion Zone Contemplation

The e-scooter trial, initiated by Transport for London (TfL) in June 2021, concludes in May 2024. Insights gathered during this trial will shape the future of e-scooters on UK roads. Simultaneously, Cardiff Council contemplates the introduction of a congestion zone, with ongoing consultations aiming to reduce traffic, enhance air quality, and promote public transportation.

Conclusion

As we navigate through the twists and turns of 2024, these driving laws and rules reflect a commitment to sustainability, safety, and innovation. Stay informed, adapt to the changes, and drive responsibly as we journey into the future of UK motoring. Safe travels! For more insightful posts, don’t forget to visit our News Page.

Add a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Categories

Recent Posts

MotorHype
MotorHype is the UK’s leading online car selling website that advertises used cars for sale, motoring news, car shows and hosts an extensive car forum.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter

You can unsubscribe at any time. Read our privacy policy.

You can unsubscribe at any time. Read our privacy policy.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

MotorHype is a trading name of Hype Matrix Limited, 128 City Road, London, EC1V 2NX. All rights reserved.