Speed limit: Driving law changes are backed by road users as updates ‘echo frustration’

New driving rules will see speed limits across areas with roadworks increased from 50moh to 60mph. The scheme is set to reduce congestion and slash overall journey times for road users forced to travel through affected routes.  A new poll by Motorpoint has revealed the new rules have already received the backing of hundreds of road users.  The online survey revealed that 52.6 percent of 1,024 road users welcomed the change to the legislation.  Mark Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer at Motorpoint said the results “echo the frustration” of drivers who…

Classic cars: Drivers urged to pack these key parts before a UK driving holiday staycation

“Classic cars, that do a lot of work with, often like to leak a little bit, so often oils, fluids and coolants may leak out. “We always recommend people either take a good look around themselves and make sure the car is fit for purpose. “You’ve got the right oil in, it’s in good condition, you’ve got coolant in the car, the batteries are in good condition and basically making sure the car is prepped and ready to go.” The RAC confirms it is “crucial” to take time out to…

MOT test: Extension backlogs will cause delays as DVSA says garages will be ‘very busy’

The DVSA has warned garages will be packed across September, October and November which could make it difficult to book in tests. The increase in demand is down to the MOT test extension scheme, which came into effect from 6 March until the end of July. Current six month extensions will still be honoured, meaning some tests have been pushed back to January 2021. However, the first set of customers offered an extension will now be due an exam at the start of September. Garages will now be faced with…

London congestion charge: Sadiq Khan may face legal challenge from campaigners

Sadiq Khan may face a challenge from campaigners at Fair Fuel UK and the Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) who have confirmed they are seeking to legally challenge the Mayor. The campaigners say they have delivered a pre-action protocol to the Greater London authority and Mayor of London.  “He encourages us to drive during the Covid crisis, then with no supportive evidence to do so, he plucks a number, out of nowhere, to massively hike the C-Charge.  “And without any proof, he also increases the charging period to cover weekends,…

Caravan driving law: Drivers could be issued £1,000 fine for staycation holiday error

But thousands could be issued penalties such as driving fines and penalty points for failing to make a series of simple checks before they take off on their destination. Those looking to take a caravan away with them on holiday must have the correct licence to tow trailers or they could face heavy penalties. Rules around how heavy something can be are based on when you had your driving licence issued, with some older drivers able to carry heavier weights. According to the RAC, drivers who have passed a car…

Petrol and diesel car ban could see poorer drivers ‘excluded’ from owning cars due to cost

Petrol and diesel car bans could “restrict” market choice which could result in poorer drivers completely ”excluded” from the road. The damning verdict comes from several car makers who have all submitted their fears about the new proposals to ministers. Another carmaker with a UK manufacturing base warned the changes could ”prevent” the government from achieving its agenda by shutting the door in the face of poor drives. They warned: “Restricting customer choice to expensive electric vehicles would result in less affluent customers being excluded from mobility, preventing the government…

Car tax changes: Vehicle Excise Duty may be scrapped in favour of new road charge

“A charging mechanism should be based on distance travelled, time of day, location, and level of emissions and impact on the environment of the vehicle.  “Such variable, distance-based charging would reflect the impacts of individual journeys more appropriately and, unlike clean air zones or congestion charges, account for both pollution and congestion at the same time.” Chancellor Rishi Sunak froze fuel duty rates for a tenth year running during his budget statement in March.  However, some have called for the fuel duty to rise if a new road charge comes…

Highway Code updates will see DfT introduce these three new driving laws in 2020

The changes will see three new laws introduced to the road which will include extra safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists and a new “Hierarchy of Road Users” concept. This policy means those road users who can do the greatest harm will have the biggest responsibility to reduce road danger.  The DfT says the new hierarchy system is not set to give priority to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders in every situation but will ensure a “mutually respectful” and “considerate culture”.  New legislation says this will apply most strongly to…

Car insurance UK: FCA payment holidays will be extended but some will miss out on savings

Car insurance customers who have not already benefited from the deal will still have time to apply to the scheme which freezes all payments for those who may be struggling financially. The new extension will mean customers can apply for a three month extension up until 31 October. This means some motorists could end up with car insurance disruption into the start of January 2021. However, the new extension does not mean firms need to offer customers more than a three month freeze unless this is considered to be in…