All the new DVLA driving laws and rule changes for 2022 UK drivers need to know

New rules from the DVLA are set to hit drivers in 2022 with a greater focus on sustainability, the protection of pedestrians and cyclists, preventing mobile phone use and changes to the highway code

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The new rules will help protect vulnerable road users

The way people use the roads is set to change in 2022, with new rules set to hit motorists in the new year.

The aim of the changes is to protect road users, especially the most vulnerable — like cyclists and pedestrians.

The upcoming changes will impact the use of mobile phones and is also hoped to make driving better for the environment.

The changes have been rounded up by AutoTrader, with six crucial changes that are set to impact road users relationships with their cars. It even includes changes to the way houses are built.

Read on for all you need to know ahead of the rule changes

Speed limiters

Cars will have their top speeds limited

As of July 6 2022, all new cars will have to have speed limiters installed, which will cap vehicles’ top speeds.

Proposed by the European Commission in the General Safety Regulation it was passed into law by the European Parliament in 2019.

The UK is still likely to adhere to the rules despite Brexit, with it having kept most laws for new cars.

New mobile phone laws

While texting or calling while behind the wheel is already illegal, the laws surrounding other activities on your phone is about to get a lot firmer.

From 2022, taking pictures, selecting a song, playing games or videoing will all be illegal – even if you’re stopped at a red light.

Drivers will be handed a £200 fixed penalty and be slapped with six points on their licence.

Electric vehicle chargers in new homes

New homes will have to have EV charging points


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All new homes will now need to be fitted with EV charging ports from 2022 onwards. The government’s aim is to boost the public uptake of electric vehicles by making their use easier.

Non-residential buildings will also need to have ports fitted. This will include supermarkets and offices.

Buildings that undergo substantial renovations with 10 or more parking spaces will also have to have them fitted.

Illegal fuels

Rebated red diesel and biofuel using businesses will need to switch to white diesel which is taxed, as of April 1 2022.

The aim here is to get businesses to adopt more energy-efficient approaches and switch to more sustainable fuels.

Agriculture, horticulture, fish farming, forestry, rail and users of non-commercial heating systems will still be able to use rebated red diesel.

Clean air zone

From the 30th of May 2022 Greater Manchester is introducing a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) with Bradford to begin charging for polluting vehicles entering into its Zone.

The moves follow other British cities in having areas where polluting vehicles are discouraged from entering. If you’re driving to a city make sure you plan your journey in advance and find out about any potential fines you could be facing.

Highway code changes

Changes to road laws are planned to come into effect from January 29, 2022, with the aim of improving road safety and protecting vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists.

The changes will see a new hierarchy for road users – this rule will be called H1.

A second rule called H2 sees road users having to give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross at junctions.

A third, called H3, prevent drivers from cutting other road users like cyclists and horse riders off when turning into or out of a junction.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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