DRIVERS in the UK are facing a range of new rules coming into effect from April.
The big changes include a rise in car tax, a crackdown on people using their phones behind the wheel and limits on parking.
Drivers could be hit with penalty points and even fines if they don’t follow the rules.
Here are seven things to look out for.
Mobile phone ban
Drivers could be fined £200 and slapped with six penalty points for using their phones while behind the wheel.
The new rule stops a loophole which allows drivers to use their phones to take photos and and videos.
Pavement parking ban
The government is considering extending London’s ban on parking on pavements to the rest of the country
Those who break the rules could face £70 fines.
The new rule has not yet been confirmed, but according to the Department for Transport it could soon be introduced.
Fuel duty freeze
The 57.95p a litre tax on fuel will remain frozen.
The announcement was made in this year’s budget by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Mr Sunak listened to calls in the lead-up to the spring Budget to freeze the tax, including The Sun’s Keep It Down campaign.
Local clean air zone charges
Local clean air zones charges aim to decrease the number of journeys and lower pollution.
Motorists in Bath and Birmingham face an extra daily road charge.
Birmingham’s scheme will charge drivers up to £8 per day in the city centre while a clean air zone is also being considered in Bristol.
Vehicle Excise Duty
Another possible change is an increase in VED, which normally rises every year with inflation.
An increase in VED could mean petrol and diesel cars might cost drivers up to £155.
A new purchase tax has been proposed by the UK Energy Research Centre.
In a bid to make British streets more eco-friendly, the new tax is aimed at petrol and diesel car owners.
The purpose of the tax is to make environmentally-friendly vehicles more affordable while those whose cars emit more than 225gCO2/km will be required to pay a 50 per cent purchase tax from this year, which would increase in instalments.
Outer London driving charge
An outer London driving charge would see drivers having to pay £3.50 a day to enter the outer boroughs.
‘Benefit in Kind’
The reintroduction of the Benefit in Kind rates is also considered after they were scrapped last year.
Starting from April, drivers might need to pay up to £390 per year to use their vehicles.
Initially, there will be a 1 per cent charge, based on income and vehicle value, but it is likely to rise to 2 per cent in 2022.
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Driving lessons can begin again from April 12 as part of the lockdown easing.
Millions had to stop lessons due to the Covid lockdown being brought in at the end of last year.
Practical driving tests will have to wait until April 22 at the earliest, however.