New laws for U.K car drivers and manufacturers from 2022
Mandatory speed limiters for all new cars
All new cars will be fitted with speed limiters from 6th July 2022 onwards to improve road safety. This regulation was proposed by the European Commission in the General Safety Regulation and was approved by the European Parliament in 2019. The UK is likely to follow this legal requirement despite Brexit, as the UK has retained most EU laws for new cars and this would also help standardise the car manufacturing process across Europe.
New buildings in England to have compulsory built-in EV chargers
All new properties built in England from 2022 onwards will have to have an EV charging point installed as standard. – This includes all new homes and non-residential buildings such as supermarkets and offices, as well as substantially renovated buildings with more than 10 parking spots.
The government hopes that the new legislation will help boost the number of EV chargers available to the public and further accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles, before the ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars in 2030.
Red diesel and biofuels to become illegal for most vehicles
Most businesses will be forced to switch from rebated red diesel and biofuels to taxed white diesel from 1st April 2022 onwards. This is to promote the use of more sustainable fuels and encourage energy-efficient ways of doing business.
Rebated red diesel will only be allowed for agriculture, horticulture, fish farming, forestry, rail and non-commercial heating system users.
Introduction of new Clean Air Zones
Greater Manchester is set to introduce its own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) from 30th May 2022 onwards. The Manchester Clean Air Zone will cover Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.
Bradford too will start charging polluting vehicles entering its Clean Air Zone from 2022 onwards. The Bradford Clean Air Zone will cover the Bradford outer ring road and extend out along the Aire valley corridor which comprises of Manningham Lane/Bradford Road and Canal Road area and will include Shipley and Saltaire. The start date is yet to be announced.
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