5 New driving law updates for 2023

March 14th, 2023
Driving law changes 2023

Here are 5 of the driving law changes for 2023 that you should know:

1. HGV levy

The HGV levy was suspended during the COVID pandemic to help to support the haulage sector. However, as of July 2023, all HGVs weighing over 12 tonnes will be charged a levy for wear and tear of the road network.

2. Fuel duty rates

The government reduced the fuel duty cost last year by 5p per litre to support households and businesses at a time of very high oil prices. However, this reduction finishes in March 2023, meaning we should expect the fuel rates to return to normal. Furthermore, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, the rates are likely to rise! 

UPDATE:  The temporary cut in the rates of Fuel Duty introduced at the Spring Statement in March 2022 has now been extended for a further 12 months.

3. ULEZ – Ultra Low Emission Zone

From 29th August 2023, London Ultra Low Emission Zone is expanding across all 33 London Boroughs. This is to help clear London’s air and improve public health.

What does this mean to drivers? If you drive anywhere within the ULEZ, including the expanded area from 29 August 2023, and your vehicle does not meet the emissions standards, you could face a daily charge of £12.50. You can check if your vehicle meets the ULEZ emission standards here.

4. Scrappage scheme

To prepare for the expansion of ULEZ later this year, the Mayor of London has launched a new scrappage scheme. The £110m fund will help eligible Londoners on certain low-income or disability benefits scrap polluting cars, motorcycles and wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

The fund is available from January 2023. You can check the grant payment options and if you are eligible on the Transport for London website.

5. Speed Limits

Welsh Government is introducing default 20mph speed limits on restricted roads across Wales from September 2023. “Restricted roads” include street lights placed no more than 200 yards apart. They are usually located in residential and built-up areas with high pedestrian activity.

This measure makes Wales one of the first countries in the world and the first nation in the UK to introduce legislation to have a 20mph speed limit on roads where cars mix with pedestrians and cyclists. 

The benefits of reducing the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph include:

As a professional driver, it is essential that you keep up to date with all driving law updates and changes.

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