Motorists face new £1,000 fine from tomorrow – three urgent driving changes YOU need to know about now
DRIVERS need to be up to speed with the latest regulations as they are facing new £1,000 fines starting tomorrow.
Here are the three urgent changes you need to know about now.
First of all, motorists are set to use a more environmentally-friendly fuel from today as E10 replaces E5 as the standard petrol.
The new fuel has been introduced as the standard petrol in a bid to reduce transport-related CO2 emissions.
The key difference between E10 petrol and E5 is that E10 contains 10% renewable ethanol compare with the 5% in E5.
However, not all cars are compatible with E10 which means some drivers might need to pay a bit extra to fill their tanks.
Most vehicles made after 2011 and even in the late 1990s should also be able able to run on E10.
Anyone who drives a diesel or electric car won't be impacted by the change.
Another change that is set for motorists is the end of the extensions of driving licences.
During the pandemic, the DVLA would extend driving licences expired between February 1 and December 31 for another 11 months.
But now the new deadline to renew your licence is September 2021.
Drivers need to wait to receive a reminder their extension expires before applying for renewal.
However, drivers are urged to ensure their licence is up to date otherwise they could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.
Lastly, the final change that is set to launch is for the number plates design.
The new technical standards will make the plates more durable and clear to register with Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
The front should display black letters on a white background, while the rear must show black characters on a yellow background.
And drivers are urged to ensure their number plates are clean as those with a dirty licence plate have been warned they could face a whopping £1,000 fine.
The chassis can be filthy – as long as the plates, lights, indicators and reflectors are clean and clear.
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