New Uk Driving Laws 2017

MANY driving laws and rule changes have been introduced in 2017. Here is a breakdown of all the new driving laws, legislation and rule changes, you should be aware of or risk facing fines, driving bans or even a criminal record.

Car tax

From which could mean millions of drivers end up paying more money to tax their vehicle.

Britons who bought and registered cars on April 1st or after that date would have to pay the new tax rates.

Only electric cars which produce zero emissions and cost less than £40,000 will be completely exempt from the car tax rates.

Cars costing over £40,000 will be expected to pay an additional £310 surcharge on top of the car tax rate for five years.

Cars registered after the date will be expected to pay a standard rate for their car tax after the first year rate.

Speeding fines

Under the drivers can be charged up to 175 per cent of their weekly wage.

There is a cap of £1,000 on minor speeding offences or up to £2,500 for major ones.

A three band system will determine the severity of an offence and corresponds to different charges.

These charges are calculated on a percentage basis.

A minor offence constitutes a band A charge. Band A charges are for drivers who exceed the stated speed limit between one and 10mph.

So, if a driver travels 31mph up to 40mph in a 30mph zone, they can be charged between 25 per cent and 75 per cent of their weekly income.

Drivers who exceed the stated speed limit by 11mph up to 20mph will be charged between 75 per cent and 125 per cent of their wage.

Major offences, which are for speed limit breaches of up 22mph and above will be charged between 125 per cent and 175 per cent of their week wage.

In addition to the variable fee motorists could land themselves with a driving offence of this nature, they could also receive between three and six penalty points.

Child car seats 

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Under the new rules, it is illegal to have your child’s car seat fitted incorrectly. Under the new rules, only children who weigh 22kg or more, or are 4ft 10in (125cm) tall will be recommended to use the backless booster seats.

All children who are under 12 years old or less than 4ft 5in tall (135 cm) will be required to travel in car seat. Once the child is older than 12 or reaches the height guideline, then they will be allowed to travel in the regular adult car seas.

Only EU approved seats can be used in the UK.

Here is what you need to look out for to ensure you’re buying an appropriate seat:

Make sure you also check for an orange ‘approved’ label. On the orange approved labels there should be a capital E as well as the code R129. This signifies therefore it is a correct and suitable seat to buy.

If your baby is 15 months old or younger, their car seat must be rear-facing, any child older than that can ride in a forward-facing seat.

Car seats should be replaced when a baby’s head is level with the top of the seat. Babies that are under 9kg should also travel in a baby carrier and not a child seat.

When fitting a seat parents must ensure that only a belt with a diagonal strap is used unless the seats are specifically designed for use with a lap belt or you use ISOFIX anchor points.

It should be noted that if you are caught with an ‘unsuitable’ or wrongly fitted car seat then you could charged £500

Child car seats 

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Under the new rules, it is illegal to have your child’s car seat fitted incorrectly. Under the new rules, only children who weigh 22kg or more, or are 4ft 10in (125cm) tall will be recommended to use the backless booster seats.

All children who are under 12 years old or less than 4ft 5in tall (135 cm) will be required to travel in car seat. Once the child is older than 12 or reaches the height guideline, then they will be allowed to travel in the regular adult car seas.

Only EU approved seats can be used in the UK.

Here is what you need to look out for to ensure you’re buying an appropriate seat:

Make sure you also check for an orange ‘approved’ label. On the orange approved labels there should be a capital E as well as the code R129. This signifies therefore it is a correct and suitable seat to buy.

If your baby is 15 months old or younger, their car seat must be rear-facing, any child older than that can ride in a forward-facing seat.

Car seats should be replaced when a baby’s head is level with the top of the seat. Babies that are under 9kg should also travel in a baby carrier and not a child seat.

When fitting a seat parents must ensure that only a belt with a diagonal strap is used unless the seats are specifically designed for use with a lap belt or you use ISOFIX anchor points.

It should be noted that if you are caught with an ‘unsuitable’ or wrongly fitted car seat then you could charged £500

 

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