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Four new driving law changes this October with parking, tax and driving licence updates


Road users are being urged to have their say over a range of driving law plans which could impact their future from parking changes to tax fees.

September was a busy month for rules updates with new number plates launched and a shock announcement from Rishi Sunak which delayed the 2030 petrol and diesel car ban.

Parking changes

The Government’s private parking call for evidence consultation is set to close on Sunday, October 8. This has called for industry experts and the public to have their say on plans to make parking laws more consistent across the UK.

According to GOV.UK, one of the Government’s main objectives is to reduce the number of unjust small claims against drivers. 

However, the new rules will ensure there is “sufficient deterrent against the non-payment of legitimately issued parking charges”. The consultation will gather views with any new changes likely to be enforced from 2024.

London traffic fines

London Councils are running a consultation on the level of fines for parking and traffic laws across the capital. Stakeholders can have their say on the plans until the call for evidence closes on Monday, October 23.

The current penalty for breaking the law on roads is £130 but this could be set to change with boroughs concerned the current levels are not high enough to act as a deterrent.

London Councils claims that the number of penalty charge notices issued in London has risen by 50 percent over the past 12 years.

Mayor Philip Glanville, London Councils Executive Member for Climate Change, Transport and Environment said the consultation was a “crucial part” of the decision-making process.

He added: “We are dedicated to ensuring the plans don’t negatively impact lower income and more vulnerable people and welcome all input into this consultation.”

Oxford Clean Air Zone tax

Oxford launched its Clean Air Zone back in February but council chiefs are demanding opinions to drive the future of the scheme.

Oxfordshire County Council’s consultation ends on Tuesday, October 24, giving locals a chance to consider proposed changes to the system.

On the table are continuing discounts for Blue Badge holders, disabled tax class vehicles, ZEZ business vehicles, and ZEZ residents’ vehicles indefinitely by removing the discount end dates.

The council is also looking at keeping the ZEZ pilot charges at their current level by removing the planned increase in daily charges from August 1, 2025.

Spain driving licences

British drivers are still banned from using their UK driving licences on the roads in Spain with the Department for Transport still negotiating with Spanish chiefs. It means Britons now have to ditch their licence for a Spanish photocard and cannot use the roads until an application is approved.

However, UK Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliott said there had been hope negotiations on resolving the issue would have ended “by the summer”. But, he stressed there were only a couple of issues left with the Government working on solving the deadlock “every day” meaning an announcement could be made this month.

He reiterated this was still a priority and revealed there was a lot of work going on behind the schemes. Mr Elliott added: “Many of you have quite rightly mentioned that I expressed the hope to you that we’d have you back on the road by the end of July.

“Now the truth is it has taken much longer, as there have been unforeseen issues that we have been working very hard to resolve. And I’m as disappointed as you are by the length of time that this is actually taking.

“But, please, be assured that we are resolving those issues, one by one. There are only a couple of issues left, but they are complex.”

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