New 2022 UK laws for car manufacturers and drivers

21 Dec 2021 by Megan Maxwell

New Year is fast approaching (in a blink of an eye, we’re already coming into Christmas?!) and 2022 is set to bring a lot of changes in the car industry.

New rules and laws are heading our direction in the UK for both drivers and car manufacturers, so here is a round-up on everything we can expect in 2022:

Updates to The Highway Code

In a recent blog, we covered the changes from The Highway Code. 33 significant changes have been introduced to improve road safety for more vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians – those most likely to get injured in an accident.

Another significant change to The Highway Code is the use of the hard shoulder. Drivers are not allowed to use the hard shoulder except in an emergency or if directed to do so by the police, traffic officers or a traffic sign.

A brand new rule will also come into effect about stopping your vehicle in the event of a breakdown or incident. The Highway Code states: “If you need to stop your vehicle in the event of a breakdown or incident, try to stop in a place of relative safety… where you, your passengers and your vehicle are less likely to be at risk from moving traffic.

The safest place to stop is a location that is designed for parking. On motorways and other high-speed roads, the safest place to stop is a service area.

Other places of relative safety include lay-bys; emergency areas; hard shoulders. Be aware that hard shoulders provide less protection than other places of relative safety because they are so close to high-speed traffic.”

Learn more about the Code

New cars fitted with mandatory speed limiters

As of 6th July 2022, all car manufacturers will fit their newly produced cars with speed limiters to improve road safety.

Although this regulation was proposed by European Commission in the General Safety Regulation, the UK is still likely to follow this legal requirement, despite Brexit. This is due to the UK retaining most of the EU laws for new cars, with the additional help to standardise the car manufacturing process across Europe.

Clean Air Zones Introduced

Bradford and Greater Manchester are set to introduce their own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) from 2022 onwards.

From 30th May 2022, areas of Greater Manchester Clean Air Zones will include Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

Regarding Bradford’s Clean Air Zone, they too will start charging polluting vehicles entering the zones from 2022. These areas will cover the Bradford outer ring road and extend out along the Aire valley corridor – which comprises of Manningham Lane/Bradford Road and Canal Road area – and will include Shipley and Saltaire.

The start date is yet to be announced.

Stricter laws about mobile phone use whilst driving

Meanwhile, in a world where we are consumed by being connected to the internet, there is a heavy temptation to look at your phone whilst driving – especially if a notification flashes up. However, as of 2022, the laws on using your phone while driving is changing with stricter laws coming into place.

Whilst texting and calling on your mobile is already illegal; the new laws will cover taking photos and videos, selecting a song from your playlist and even playing games on your phone – even if stopped at a red light.

If these laws are broken, drivers will face a £200 fixed penalty and six points on their licence.

On the other hand, using your phone for directions will be allowed. However, the phone must only be used hands-free: i.e. in a secured cradle that doesn’t affect the driver’s visibility.

New buildings in England required to have built-in EV chargers

All new properties built in England from 2022 – including new homes and non-residential buildings (supermarkets and offices) – are compulsory to have an EV charging point installed into them.

This new legislation was set by the government in the hope to boost the number of EV chargers available to the public, encouraging drivers to purchase an electric vehicle.

Find out more about the benefits of EVs.

Stuck for choice? Take a look at our Top Five Electric Cars and Hybrids.

Red diesel and biofuels will be illegal for most vehicles

Finally, from 1st April 2022, most businesses will be forced to switch from rebated red diesel and biofuels to taxed white diesel. This is to promote the use of more sustainable fuels and encourage energy-efficient ways of doing business.

Rebated red diesel will only be allowed for agriculture, horticulture, fish farming, forestry, rail and non-commercial heating system users.


There we have it, all the rules and regulations to look out for in 2022.

For now, Stoneacre would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very safe New Year.

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