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Three new driving laws to launch in November – from clean air zones to licences

This year we've seen a lot of motoring laws come into place.

Most recently London drivers reacted to the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone which covers more parts of the capital.

It was launched in a bid to respond to illegal levels of air pollution in London's residential streets.

Other parts of the UK have followed in introducing their own zones to help curb the usage of cars to lower pollution levels.

Now Brits must be mindful of three new laws that are coming into power later this month.

One of the new regulations includes a Clean Air Zone that sees drivers hit with a daily charge.

New caravan towing rules: November 15

Changes to the rules mean anyone who passed their car driving test after January 1, 1997, can now tow trailers up to 3,500kg.

Under the current regulations, drivers who passed after this date had to go through an extra test to tow anything heavier.

The DVLA will automatically update your driving licence record to show you can tow trailers.

To show this, an extra BE category will be added to your driving licence when you get your next photocard.

Drivers could risk a £1,000 fine, issued penalty points or even banned from the roads if they tow anything heavier before it changes.

New Clean Air Zone: November 29

Portsmouth will become only the third city outside London to introduce a Clean Air Zone charge later this month.

The charge will not impact private cars but it could affect private hire vehicles and some businesses in the city.

Back in September, Portsmouth Council said the scheme was "not a preferred option" to reduce emissions.

  • Final warning to renew driving licence as failing to could result in hefty fine

Driving licence extensions: End of November

Due to coronavirus, licences which were due to expire between February and December 2020 were given a 11-month extension.

This means any licences which were due to expire last December will need to be renewed by the end of November.

But drivers may be caught out by delays with social distancing measures in place at the DVLA headquarters.

They warn paper applications are taking between six and ten weeks to process but there "may be longer delays".

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