Five new driving laws and changes for motorists in 2022 explained

DRIVERS need to know about five new road rules and changes being introduced next year.

It's best to be clued up on the latest updates to avoid an accident, fine or other penalty in 2022.

There will be updates to the Highway Code as well as additions to existing laws.

We explain everything you need to know about how the rules of the road will change in 2022.

Hierarchy of road users changes

The government confirmed last month that changes to the Highway Code will come into force on January 29.

The updates are designed to make the roads safer for walkers and cyclists.

There will be a "hierarchy of road users" in the new version of the Highway Code.

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It's based on the idea that those who can do the greatest harm – for example, lorry drivers – have the most responsibility on the road.

Pedestrians, and especially children, the elderly and other vulnerable people, will be at the top.

They’ll be followed by cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists and cars, with vans, HGVs and buses at the bottom.

It's intended to make it clearer who is at fault in the event of an accident.

However it doesn't come with any new punishments such as fines.

There is also guidance on safe passing distances, including that drivers should give way to cyclists in a cycle lane, including when they are approaching behind you.

Slow traffic rules

If drivers are stuck in traffic – or moving slowly – the new Highway Code rules say that you should allow pedestrians to cross in front of you.

That means those walking across the road should be allowed to do so by drivers.

This rule also applies to cyclists looking to cross the road too.

Flashing your lights

Previously, rules stated that you shouldn't wave or use your horn to invite pedestrians to walk across a zebra crossing.

Now, flashing your lights has been added to the list.

You should also not rev your engine as well as this could intimidate walkers.

Using phone while driving

Everyone knows that being on the phone or texting while you're driving is an offence, and has been for a long time.

Anyone that does that risks being fined as much as £200.

From 2022, motorists will be banned from using their phones in other situations, such as taking photos or videos.

Drivers won't be able to scroll through playlists or play games while on the road either.

More clean air zones

From May next year, Manchester will join other UK cities such as London in introducing a new Clean Air Zone.

That means the most polluting vehicles will have to pay a fee to travel within the zone, including some vans and buses.

The charge is different depending on which vehicle you drive, but coaches will have to pay £60 from May 30 while light goods vans will pay £10 from June 1.

More electric car chargers

From 2022, all new homes built in England will have to have electric car charging points installed.

It's part of a drive to encourage motorists to use the more environmentally friendly vehicles.

The new law will also apply to new workplaces, supermarkets and buildings undergoing major renovations.

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