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Every year, there are adjustments to the rules of the road, encompassing changes such as the ULEZ expansion or updates to the Highway Code. Staying informed about these regulations is crucial for drivers, as they often entail tighter restrictions.

Autotrader has compiled a list of law changes affecting drivers in the UK, with a focus on London. Transport for London (TfL) is implementing notable changes for drivers of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and e-scooters.

TfL Enhances Safety Standards for HGVs in London:

  • TfL mandates that HGV drivers obtain a special safety permit before entering many areas of Greater London.
  • The direct vision standard rates vehicles based on the driver’s visibility of the surrounding area.
  • Starting from October 28, 2024, lorries weighing over 12 tonnes must have a rating of three stars or higher.
  • Non-compliant vehicles must install a safety system to drive on London roads or face a penalty charge notice (PCN).

Potential Changes to Eyesight Test Rules:

  • The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is considering modifications to eyesight test rules during driving tests.
  • The current requirement is to read a number plate from 20 meters away; proposed changes could include flexibility or testing drivers in various lighting conditions.

Possible End to Fuel Duty Freeze:

  • Fuel duty has remained frozen since January 2011 to prevent inflation-related price increases.
  • The freeze may conclude in March 2024, pending decisions in the spring budget.

Conclusion of TfL’s E-Scooter Trial:

  • TfL’s trial, featuring Dott, Lime, and TIER, allowing the use of rented e-scooters is scheduled to conclude on May 31, 2024.
  • Post-trial, changes in e-scooter rental availability and driving rules may align with the gathered data.

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