The nine changes to the Highway Code entering into force in 2022 – as of January 1

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Inflation in many ways this year means the car tax will be one of the many things on the rise in 2022, alongside a new set of rules and emission zones.

As reported by the Mirror, road users are warned that clean air zone charges will begin to come into effect in more rural areas and cities, while completely new regulations for those who write and drive will also come into effect in 2022.

Below are the nine new regulations that will come into effect in the UK next year.

Mobile phone use will include taking selfies, changing songs and recording video

At present, the only way motorists can be penalized for using a phone while driving is through “interactive communication” – meaning that anyone who uses their device to record a video, taking photos or changing the song on a downloaded playlist can escape a fine and points on their license.

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However, that is expected to change next year, as all of the above will be banned as well.

Doing any of these will result in a £ 200 fine on the spot and a whopping six points on their license.



A loophole often used for using the phone while driving is about to be closed.

You will still be able to use a “hands-free” device – such as a satellite navigation system.

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries occur while cell phones are being detained.

“By making it easier to prosecute people who use their phones illegally while driving, we are ensuring that the law enters the 21st century while further protecting all road users.”

It is understood that due to a public consultation, this change will come into effect from mid-January.

The only loophole left in this law is that drivers can still make contactless payments with their phones as long as the car is stationary.

Increase in Excise Duty on Vehicles (VED)

The VED, often referred to as the road tax, will also increase in 2022 in line with the retail price index’s measure of inflation, and this is expected to happen in mid-April.

The government has yet to announce the most recent rates, but as before, the amount of tax you pay will likely depend on your new car’s CO2 emissions.



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This means those who emit zero grams per kilometer of CO2 should continue to pay zero, while gasoline-powered drivers and most diesel-powered drivers (including hybrids) who emit between 1g and 50g per kilometer will pay 10. £ for the first 12 months.

Cars that emit between 51g and 5g per kilometer currently pay £ 25 for the first year.

Cars that emit between 76g and 150g per kilometer of CO2 have seen their VED rate increase by £ 5 this year – to £ 220.

The more CO2 a car emits per kilometer, the more likely you are to pay next year.

Cars that emit more than 255g of CO2 per kilometer are generally the most affected. These currently cost you £ 2,245 a year in taxes – they then increase each April.

You can find out how much you are currently paying, here.

Fuel tax

Budget 2021 confirmed a new freeze on the amount of tax you pay per liter of gasoline or diesel.

Fuel taxes will remain at 57.95 pence per liter, as they have been for the past ten years.

However, oil prices continue to rise to record highs and will most likely rise next year as well.

The new hierarchy of the highway code is being put in place

The “hierarchy of road users” will change again in 2022, in order to protect the most vulnerable road users.

This put cyclists higher on the list, which means larger vehicles will have to be extra careful around them, and in the event of an accident the larger vehicle will be at fault.

The new system reads:

  • Pedestrians
  • Cyclists
  • Riders
  • Motorcyclists
  • Cars / taxis
  • Vans / minibuses
  • Large passenger vehicles / heavy goods vehicles

Councils can impose fines of £ 70

Road users will be hit with widespread enforcement by the councils to impose fines of £ 70.

The offenses of “moving traffic” could be sanctioned by the local authorities for in particular the stops in the yellow crossroads and the bad bends.

Currently, most municipalities are only able to send penalties for parking and driving in reserved bus lanes.

The police are usually responsible for imposing fines for “moving traffic” offenses.

But the new powers will mean that councils will be able to claim the right to impose sanctions as well as the police.

RAC spokesperson Simon Williams said: “We are concerned that some authorities are too enthusiastic about using their new powers for revenue reasons.

“Drivers who blatantly ignore signs or the rules of the road should expect penalties, but there are cases that are not always clear.

Potential UK-wide pavement parking ban



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London’s sidewalk ban could be extended to the rest of the UK next year, MPs have suggested.

Scotland has already passed a new bill that will ban all parking on sidewalks from 2023, but that could be a UK-wide thing in 2022.

The DfT consultation proposed three options for reforming the sidewalk parking rules:

  1. Improve the traffic control ordinance (TRO) process, under which local authorities can already prohibit parking on the roadway.
  2. Legislative change to allow local authorities with civilian parking enforcement powers to tackle “unnecessary pavement obstruction”.
  3. A legislative change to introduce a London-style parking ban across England.

Red diesel and discount biofuels will be illegal for the majority of vehicles

This measure will primarily affect businesses rather than individuals, and it restricts the legal use of red diesel and discount biofuels from April 1, 2022.

Red diesel is a diesel used primarily off-road, such as for bulldozers and cranes, or to power drills for oil extraction.

The change aims to promote the use of more sustainable fuels, as part of the UK’s climate targets for 2050.

Speed ​​limiters in vehicles

The new cars will be fitted with speed limiters from July 6, 2022 to improve road safety.

The Intelligent Speed ​​Assistance (ISA) black boxes will use the GPS to determine the speed limit and then ensure the car does not exceed it.

New regulations will be imposed by the European Commission in the General Safety Regulations which were approved by the European Parliament in 2019.

ISAs will be mandatory for all new models that have received “type approval” from July 6. This means any new car put on the market from that date, rather than new cars already in production.


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