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The New Driving Laws You Need To Know In 2020 – Part 2

We’ve had a look at some changes that will be already on the books at the start of 2020, but there are plenty more on the horizon. Here’s a quick rundown of some changes that you should be on the lookout for over the course of the year;

Parking Enforcement

Parking on the pavement is currently only illegal in London. There is a push to make it illegal across the country. However, there is strong resistance to this change. It seems likely the law will change, but when exactly is anyone’s guess.

With so many issues around parking tickets being raised with the citizen’s advice bureau, there is a review of parking enforcement underway. The RAC is leading the charge for the development of a code of conduct for parking companies. The aim is to protect drivers from unfair practices and to create a simple appeals process.

Intelligent Speed Assist

Looking ahead a little to 2022. All new cars will be required to have intelligent speed assist. This is a system that uses a camera to look at road signs as you’re driving. The engine’s power will then be limited to prevent speeding. The aim is to make the roads safer.

Keep your ears open because it is probable that more safety features will become mandatory. Items like driver distraction warnings, parking sensors and cameras, and black box data recorders, might become the norm.

Driving OnThe Continent

If you are planning on driving on the continent after Brexit, then you may need to pick up an international permit. If there is a no-deal situation, your British driving license will definitely not be accepted, and even if there is a deal, it still may not be. At a cost of £5.50, it might be worth picking a permit up from the post office just in case.

You will also need to contact your insurer a month before you go. They will be able to provide you with an insurance green card if you are taking your own car.

Graduated Licenses

Currently, new drivers face harsher penalties if caught driving dangerously. However, if graduated licenses are brought in, they may be subject to further restrictions. The RAC has suggested that curfews, passenger limits, and lower speed limits are possible restrictions that may be in place on new drivers for the first two years of their license.


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