UK motorists warned of major driving law changes in October – risk of fines and new rules

UK motorists warned of major driving law changes in October – risk of fines and new rules

Drivers in the UK have already seen countless driving law changes this year, with new Highway Code rules and motoring fines. October will see motorists warned of an increase in fines both in the UK and abroad, as well as the potential for major resolutions to be made for expats.

Speed limits

Drivers are being warned of a “stealth law” which was quietly introduced which could see thousands of drivers fined.

The Metropolitan Police have dropped their speed limit tolerance threshold by one mile per hour.

Drivers will now face prosecution if they break the limit by 10 percent plus 2mph.

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“I remain very optimistic that we will reach an agreement and hope it will be soon. But as I say, I can’t give you a definitive timetable.

“And so the advice that we have been giving all along, which is that you should consider taking the Spanish test if you need to drive urgently, remains valid.”

It is estimated that more than 260,000 British nationals live in Spain, with the number of expats declining after Brexit.

Mr Elliott maintained that “complex issues” still needed to be ironed out, with a solution potentially being possible in September.

Driving in France

From October, British drivers are being warned of potential fines when driving in France, especially if they own a petrol or diesel car.

In Marseille, police will begin issuing fines to any Euro 2 vehicles, with those registered between 1997 and 2000 likely to be affected.

October will also see the introduction of rules designed to help electric car owners, or they could risk a hefty €58 (£52) fine. Any EVs parked in front of a public charging station must be connected and charging.

Fuel prices

Petrol and diesel prices have been a sticking point for many drivers in recent months, following record costs seen in July.

Kwasi Kwarteng, who was Business Secretary at the time, ordered the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to investigate fuel prices.

The report is expected in the autumn, with many drivers hoping to receive some respite from the expensive costs.

Published at Thu, 29 Sep 2022 05:00:00 +0000