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New Driving Laws for 2021

Last updated on February 26th, 2021 What does this mean?

With the new year comes a few new driving laws that motorists need to be aware of. In this article, The Windscreen Company will detail these new rules and how they’ll affect you and your vehicle.

2021 driving laws

Driving in the EU in 2021

In 2021, you’ll still need to carry your UK driving licence with you when driving in the EU. In certain EU countries, you’ll need an International Driving Permit (IDP) – you can buy your IDP from the Post Office at a cost of £5.50. In order to get an IDP, you must be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • A Great Britain or Northern Ireland resident
  • A holder of a full UK driving licence

Vehicle registration rules

If you’re taking your vehicle to the EU for less than 12 months, you’ll need your vehicle logbook if you have one. If you’re hiring or leasing a vehicle in the UK and taking it abroad, you’ll need a VE103 form to show you’re allowed to take your hire car overseas. 

You must also display a GB sticker on the rear of your vehicle. This still applies if your vehicle has a Euro or GB symbol on its number plate. 

What if I have a collision when I’m driving in the EU?

If you have a collision whilst driving your car in the EU, the first thing to do is contact your insurance provider. Any insurance proceedings will need to be taken care of in that country. In some countries, you won’t be compensated if you have a collision with an uninsured or untraceable driver. 

Daily Charge for Petrol & Diesel Cars in Birmingham

In 2021, Birmingham is introducing a Clean Air Zone, which means that drivers of petrol and diesel vehicles will have to pay £8 per day to use the area’s roads. Vehicles include ‘non-compliant’ cars, as well as taxis, Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs) and minibuses.

This charge covers all roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, and the charges will be applicable 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The government is introducing these Clean Air Zones in cities with high pollution levels in order to help them achieve their ‘zero carbon’ targets. Bath and Leeds will also be receiving designated Clean Air Zones in 2021.

Inner London Becoming Ultra Low Emission Zone

Central London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be extended to the entirety of inner London by 2021. Under these rules, drivers of vehicles that don’t meet the emissions standards will have to pay a fee to drive in the ULEZ.

Beyond 2021: 2030’s Ban on New Petrol & Diesel Cars

The Government has announced a plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. This move is aimed at helping the UK combat climate change, as well as creating approximately 250,000 jobs. The ban was previously announced for 2040, but it has been brought forward to help expedite the fight against climate change and our impact on the environment. 

The Government has also committed over £1.3 billion for improving electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and £582 million has been allocated to help lower the cost of electric vehicles. A further £500 million will be spent on the production of electric vehicles. 

Hybrid cars and vans can still be sold in 2030 – the Government stated that cars that “can drive a significant distance without carbon coming out of the exhaust” can be sold until 2035. 

Brexit and a renewed focus on sustainability and our impact on the environment will lead to significant changes in the automotive industry. Some are more transformative than others, but the changes mentioned in this piece will nevertheless make a difference to a lot of UK drivers.

No matter the car you drive and no matter its emissions, you can rely on The Windscreen Company to provide you with the most effective, efficient and reliable windscreen repair and replacement services on the market. Through our mobile windscreen services, we can come to you wherever you are to repair or replace your windscreen – we’re never more than a phone call away.

For more information about our windscreen services, either at our HQ or on a mobile basis around Ipswich and Essex, contact our friendly team today.

The information within this article was accurate on the date the article was last updated based on the information that was openly available on the topic online. The Windscreen Company accepts no liability for any loss or damage caused by or connected with any error or omission in this article. You should make your own judgement in regards to use of this document and seek professional advice on your particular circumstances.

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