UK drivers warned of five laws introduced this month that could lead to a fine

Parking fines on a car

Five new or amended driving laws will come into force this month

Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler

Published: 07/05/2023

- 10:11

Drivers could be hit with points if they fail to adhere to the new rules

Five new or amended driving laws will come into force this month which could result in motorists being slapped with hefty fines.

The changes include electric car parking fines, further clean air zones and amendments to the Highway Code.

In addition, 12 councils across the UK have now been given new traffic powers, some of which are effective from this month.

Other new measures to help protect young drivers on the road are to be introduced, including the "graduated driving licence" which has already proved successful abroad, according to experts.

A car driving over a yellow box junction

From May councils across the UK will start monitoring yellow box junctions


The Government is currently consulting new measures which would allow fuel tankers to carry more fuel, with the present 44-tonne weight limit currently in place.

The initiative was launched in response to the fuel crisis in 2022 where drivers across the nation were left with huge disruption to supplies.

Consultations will run until May 17, with the Department for Transport accepting feedback until 11.45pm.

Changes in the law could also affect newly passed drivers under the age of 25, who may be stopped from carrying passengers under the same age limit in their vehicles in a bid to improve road safety.

Experts claims that the proposals could benefit all road users and reduce the risk of accidents.

Further talks are set to be debated by Transport Minister Richard Holden on May 16.

"We know that people of all ages rely on the freedom that driving provides, and graduated driving licencing risks placing restrictions on this," Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driver Training told The Mirror.

"However, data shows that in countries where graduated driving licencing is in effect, it is being received well and, in an environment where incidents on our roads are commonplace, taking steps to reduce the risks of death and serious injuries is a protocol we support."

In addition, twelve councils across the UK have now been given traffic powers which allows them to fine drivers for offences only previously dealt with by police.

From May, Surrey Council will start monitoring yellow box junctions, which could mean offenders are handed fines of up to £70.

While Reading and Hampshire council will also receive similar powers in "spring 2023".

Derby City, Buckinghamshire and Norfolk council have each received powers of their own but it is not clear which areas will be monitored.

The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) mandate is also set to promote electric vehicles and to ensure that manufacturers are meeting strict targets to build new EVs ahead of the petrol and diesel new car ban in 2030.

Person on a phone in their car

It is now completely illegal for those who are driving to hold or use their mobile phones, sat navs, tablets and any other devices


The consultation for the mandate's final design, as well as the CO2 emissions regulation will close May 24 at 11.45pm.

Changes made to Highway Code will impact drivers this month as those caught using or holding their phones will receive a fine of up to £200 and six points on their licence.

It is now completely illegal for those who are driving to hold or use their mobile phones, sat navs, tablets and any other devices that can send and receive data.

Motorists who run out of fuel and obstruct roads could also be slapped with a fine of £100 and points on their license.

While electric car owners also risk being caught out if their battery runs flat and they block a road.

Drivers were also told last month that they risk fines of up to £10,000 and 12 penalty points on their licence, which results in a road ban, unless they check their tyres are legally roadworthy.

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