07.07.2023

New Driving Laws for 2023

Councils to have authority to fine drivers

Twelve councils now have the authority to fine drivers and enforce ‘moving traffic offences’. Areas to be monitored include; illegal U-turns, incorrectly driving in a bus lane, ignoring a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), stopping in a yellow box junction, going the wrong way down a one-way street, and banned left or right turns.

It is hoped that giving Councils the power to issue fines for moving traffic offences will reduce road collisions and improve road safety, as well as providing support for police force workloads.

The following is a list of the councils who will be able to fine motorists as well as monitor traffic:

Council Start Date Areas to be monitored
Durham Oct 2022 1 weight limit bridge
Luton Jan 2023 Pedestrian zones
Oxfordshire Feb 2023 School pedestrian-only zones
Reading Spring 2023 15 yellow box junctions
Hampshire Spring 2023 School yellow markings at 10 sites
Surrey May 2023 Yellow box junctions
Kent Spring/Summer 2023 Multiple sites
Bedford Summer 2023 Undecided/unspecified
Bath & NE Somerset TBC “5 sites, yellow box junctions and left turns”
Derby City TBC TBC
Buckinghamshire TBC TBC
Norfolk TBC TBC

New 20mph speed limits to be introduced in Wales

From 17th September 2023 some 30mph roads in Wales will be reduced to 20mph.

Most of these changes will be happening on roads in residential or built-up areas with high pedestrian activity. The restrictions will apply to streets that have street lights placed no more than 200 yards apart.

Eight areas in Wales implemented the 30mph to 20mph speed limit reduction between July 2021 to May 2022. Data collected shows this reduction had a positive effect with 64% of drivers travelling at, or below, 24 mph. Before this, only 45% travelled below the speed limit.

Reducing speed limits from 30 to 20 in Wales is expected to reduce the risk of collisions and casualties, making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers driving steadily at a slower speed will also reduce noise pollution, cut fuel consumption and help reduce impacts on air quality.

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