Here are the three changes you need to know about – some already in with force, others set to come into effect later this month. A change in the law over number plates is already in force and will take effect from next year. Plates will be affected from the March release onwards, and changes to motorway markings affecting rules H1-H3 came into force on 1/29/2022.
Changes to number plates
The rule also bans the use of two-tone reg plates that create a three-dimensional effect. The only allowed style is now solid black lettering. In addition, the government has changed the law to make it easier to help the readability of front and rear registration plates for ANPR cameras.
From March 1, 2022, new cars will be registered with 22 plates until September, when the 72 plates will take over. The new law will make plate numbers more readable and long-lasting. Cars registered in the future will have to have better plates that can survive rough usage or exposure to the elements longer.
Mobile phone law change
Every day new laws are coming into play that affects what people can do with their phones. For example, on March 25, you’ll need to follow more rules on using them.
Texting and calling whilst driving is already illegal. It will also be a crime to use your camera or change your playlists even at a red light.
If you don’t follow the new law, you could be fined £200 and lose 6 points from your license. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use your phone for directions as long as it’s secured in some holder or if you have access and control it with your hands.
Changes to the Highway Code in 2022
In the event of an accident, the order of importance is determined by those most likely to be injured in a collision. The top members of that hierarchy include children, disabled people and elderly individuals. This hierarchy is followed by cyclists, horse riders and then motorcyclists.
- Rule H1 says that drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles bear the most significant responsibility on the road, followed by buses/vans, cars/taxis and then motorcycles. Cyclists, horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles also have a responsibility to take care on roads.
- Rule H2 is the one that tells drivers to always stop for pedestrians, near zebra crossings and light controlled ones as well.
- Rule H3 dictates that when you’re turning into or out of junctions or changing direction or lanes, you need to prioritise cyclists.