Four new driving laws in UK now in force

Drivers are being warned about four new driving laws that could result in hefty fines if ignored. The changes, which kicked off from Saturday, will be particularly felt in three Scottish cities where petrol and diesel drivers will be impacted by the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ).

These zones, operating round-the-clock, will use Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras linked to local and national vehicle licensing databases.

Manchester Evening News reports how vehicles not meeting the required standards will be identified and fines issued. This rule will be enforced 24/7, throughout the year.

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In other news, local authorities currently running e-scooter trials can now request modifications to the trial area and fleet size. Any approved changes will come into effect from today, according to Birmingham Live.

Here's a rundown of the four new laws:, reports the Manchester Evening News.

E-scooter trials

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revised its regulations regarding e-scooter trials across the UK, giving more power to local councils. Those presently undergoing e-scooter trials can now apply for alterations to the trial's geographical area and fleet size.

These applications can be made to the DfT up until 5th of April, with approved adjustments coming into force from 1st of June this year.

Low Emission Zone - Dundee

Dundee has become the second city in Scotland to enforce a low emission zone (LEZ), banning certain vehicles from its city centre. Glasgow recently announced it had collected over £1m in penalty charges from 33,000 drivers of non-compliant vehicles who entered the restricted zone, after becoming the first Scottish city to introduce such regulations.

Low Emission Zone - Edinburgh

From today, both Aberdeen and Edinburgh are expected to instate their Low Emission Zones (LEZs). University of Dundee researcher Prof Jill Belch suggests that it could take a couple of years for these areas to significantly impact the health of those living or employed within them.

Nevertheless, she predicts an imminent drop in acute asthma incidents. "The first thing we'll see is that the pollution levels will come down and that's great," she noted.

"But it's not just hospital admissions, it's the long-term effects with dementia and heart attacks."

Low Emission Zone - Aberdeen

Kicking off from today, LEZs in Aberdeen and Edinburgh will start to take affect. The scheme has been designed to combat city centre air pollution, largely due to road traffic emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).