The four new UK driving laws coming into force from today

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Motorists are being alerted to four new driving laws that come into effect from today. The changes, which start from Saturday, June 1, could result in hefty fines for some drivers if ignored.

Major rule changes will be felt in three Scottish cities where petrol and diesel drivers will be affected by the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ). These zones, which will operate continuously, will utilise Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras linked to local and national vehicle licensing databases.

Vehicles that fail to meet the required standards will be identified and fines issued. This regulation will be enforced 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

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In other developments, local authorities currently conducting e-scooter trials can now request modifications to the trial area and fleet size. Any approved changes will take effect from today, reports Birmingham Live.

Here is a breakdown of the four new laws:

Low Emission Zone - Dundee

Dundee has become the second city in Scotland to implement a low emission zone (LEZ), prohibiting certain vehicles from its city centre. Glasgow recently revealed 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

Aberdeen and Edinburgh are set to enforce their Low Emission Zones (LEZs) from today. Prof Jill Belch, a researcher from the University of Dundee, has suggested that it may take a few years for these zones to show a significant impact on the health of those residing or working within them.

However, she anticipates a swift decrease in acute asthma attacks. "The first thing we'll see is that the pollution levels will come down and that's great," she said. "But it's not just hospital admissions, it's the long-term effects with dementia and heart attacks."

Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone (LEZ)
Edinburgh's Low Emission Zone (LEZ) which is set to be enforced from 1st June 2024 -Credit:Daily Record

Low Emission Zone - Aberdeen

Starting from today, Aberdeen and Edinburgh will begin enforcing their LEZs. The initiative aims to tackle air pollution in the city centre, primarily caused by road traffic emissions of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

E-scooter trials

The Department for Transport (DfT) has revised its regulations concerning e-scooter trials across the UK, granting more authority to local councils. Those currently conducting e-scooter trials can now request alterations to the trial's geographical scope and fleet size.

These requests can be submitted to the DfT until April 5, with approved changes taking effect from June 1 this year.