‘Year of rapid change’: Experts predict huge driving law changes and e-scooter legislation

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Many are expecting 2022 to see a continuation of many of the changes made in 2021, with a heavy focus on electric vehicles, “greener” E10 petrol and Highway Code law changes. Some things have already been announced including driving law changes coming in January, clean air zones being set up around the UK throughout the year and the introduction of speed limiters.

Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk commented on what may happen in 2022: “It’s been a year of rapid change, especially in the switch to greener transport.

“We expect that to gather pace in the next year and well beyond, encouraged by local and central Government using a range of approaches.

“Electric scooters will come into focus and there will be a debate in the media and in Parliament on how to resolve safety concerns.

“It can’t be left to continue as it is now, so regulation seems likely and that means insurance will most probably be mandatory.”

Highway Code changes

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) September report indicated that 53 percent of respondents surveyed would be encouraged to get in the saddle if the roads were safer.

New measures such as Highway Code guidance on cycling safety, the DfT’s £338million investment package to boost cycling and many local initiatives might remedy reservations.

These measures are to be introduced on January 29, 2022, and will create a “hierarchy of road users”.

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Green motoring

The Prime Minister has served notice on fully petrol- and diesel-powered cars, with new versions of these vehicles no longer able to be sold in the UK from 2030 as part of the “green industrial revolution”.

Government figures released in October show that from the second quarter this year there were falls of 27 percent and 60 percent for petrol and diesel vehicles respectively over a two-year period, while the sale of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles went up by 300 percent over the same period.

This trend towards low-emission vehicles is likely to pick up pace in 2022, particularly since London’s ULEZ expanded in October and Bath, Birmingham and Portsmouth launched their clean air zones.

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