DRIVERS might now face a £200 fine and 6 points on their license for a common habit under a Highway Code change.
New changes to driving guidelines coming into power on the finish of January imply motorists might be slapped with fines and points for habits some individuals are used to doing.
Everyone is aware of that being on the telephone or texting whilst you’re driving is an offence – and has been for a very long time.
But from January 29, motorists will not be capable to take pictures or movies, scroll by music playlists or play video games whereas behind the wheel.
Drivers can nonetheless use a “hands-free” system when driving – such as a sat-nav.
It’s already unlawful to textual content or name utilizing a hand-held telephone whereas driving – however now motorists face fines for altering music or taking pictures.
Drivers will not be capable to scroll by playlists or play video games whereas on the highway both.
As properly as these new changes, there’ll even be updates to the Highway Code in 2022.
For instance, new automobiles are set to be fitted with tech to curb their pace, whereas houses constructed from subsequent year might be kitted out for electrical automobiles.
Some issues do not come into power till later within the year, however different changes start as early as the tip of January.
In the brand new guidelines, there might be a “hierarchy of road users” within the up to date model of the Highway Code.
It’s primarily based on the concept that those that can do the best hurt – for instance, lorry drivers – have essentially the most accountability on the highway.
Pedestrians, and particularly kids, the aged and different weak individuals, might be on the prime.
They’ll be adopted by cyclists, horse riders, motorcyclists and automobiles, with vans, HGVs and buses on the backside.
EYES ON THE WHEEL
It’s supposed to make it clearer who’s at fault within the occasion of an accident.
However, it would not include any new punishments such as fines.
There can be steering on secure passing distances, together with that drivers ought to give approach to cyclists in a cycle lane, together with when they are approaching behind you.
And from 2022, all new automobiles might be prevented from going to quick as they’ll be fitted with a pace limiter.
The determination was handed by the EU parliament however the UK is predicted to associate with the brand new rule regardless of leaving the European Union.