Four new driving laws set to be introduced in June with drivers facing heavy fines

Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city

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A range of changes will be introduced from the establishment of a new Clean Air Zone to the expiration of driving licences. The ending of lockdown is also scheduled for the end of this month which will see drivers given more freedoms on the road.

Clean Air Zone – 1 June

Birmingham has launched its new Clean Air Zone from today with drivers of non-compliant cars forced to pay £8 per day to use the roads.

Larger vehicles such as lorries, coaches and buses will face a higher rate of £50 per day.

It is expected around 25 percent of cars which currently use the city’s roads will be forced to pay the new fee.

However, some drivers can apply for temporary exemptions if they live or work inside the new charging zone.

The new scheme will be active 7 days a week, 365 days a year on roads situated inside Birmingham’s Middleway covering many of the biggest landmarks.

Drivers who fail to pay the charge will likely be issued a higher £120 fine.

Low Traffic Neighbourhood – 9 June

Campaign group One Lambeth is set to start court proceedings against Lambeth Council this month over the introduction of Low Traffic Neighborhoods.

The group has rejected the council’s justification for LTN’s after the roads were installed without consulting residents.

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A GoFundMe page set up by the group has almost raised £30,000 to help with the legal fees in bringing the case.

The legal challenge is being brought by Sofia Sheikh who believes her access to carers has been “severely impacted” by the new LTNs.

If successful, it is expected the controversial LTN schemes could be removed from Lambeth.

However, it is possible this case could set a precedent for residents of other areas to take on similar action.

End of lockdown – 21 June

Under the current coronavirus roadmap, all legal social distancing rules will come to an end on 21 June.

For drivers, this will open up a range of extra freedoms to see friends and family over the summer.

Under current rules, drivers are not allowed to share a private vehicle in groups of more than six, except where everyone is from no more than two households.

The current regulations also mean drivers cannot stay overnight in holiday accommodation or in a second home with groups larger than six.

These are expected to be dropped on June 21 while international travel is expected to slowly come back to life.

Driving licence expiration – 30 June

Driving licences that expired between February and November 2020 were extended by 11 months last year due to the pandemic.

This means licences that were due to run out in August 2020 will now become defunct from July 2021.

Experts at Peter Barden have warned those who have a card expiring next month will need to renew their licence before the end of June to avoid being caught out.

Drivers are likely to be issued a £1,000 fine and between three and six penalty points for not driving with a valid licence.

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