New Driving Laws October 2022
In addition to changes made to the highway code back in January 2022, motorists have been urged to familiarise themselves with the new driving laws October 2022.
So what’s the gossip this October? Here’s what we know so far –
Local Councils Given Power to Enforce Minor Traffic Offences
Stopping in yellow hatch areas and driving in cycle lanes has always been a must not rule in the highway code. However, fines for minor slip-ups on road positioning are few and far between. This could all change now as local councils have been given the power to fine drivers up to £70 for minor motoring offenses.
Speed Limiters Now Mandatory In All New Cars
As a result of research from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), speed limiters are now mandatory in all new cars. A speed limiter stops the driver from exceeding the speed limit of a road. Along with the life-saving potential this technology offers, speed limiters could also help with fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions, and also reduce car insurance premiums.
5 Year Delay On Smart Motorways
What is a smart motorway?
On certain sections of motorway, a smart motorway uses the hard shoulder to increase the number of driving lanes available. This can then help to reduce quing times, helping the road flow more freely.
The problem is –
A lack of a hard shoulder in certain sections of motorways has contributed to a number of deaths. As a result, the government has decided to pause the roll-out of smart motorways for 5 years.
Self-Driving Cars Allowed On The Road This Year
Automatic Lane Keeping Systems are to be allowed on the road this year. (ALKS) controls the lateral and longitudinal movements of the vehicle without any driver input. During such times the vehicle is in primary control ofthe vehicle.
More information on ALKS here.
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