New Driving Laws to Look Out for in 2023

It’s important to be aware of any new driving laws in 2023, so we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about driving in the UK throughout this year. You can check all highway code changes in 2023 on the GOV.UK website which should be updated from January.

Fuel duty rises

In 2022, fuel duty was cut by 5p to help with the cost-of-living crisis. However, the reduction will end on 23 March 2023. With fuel prices reported to potentially rise by around 23% in the coming months, drivers face seeing fuel prices rise by 12p a litre.

Low Emission Zone expansion in Scotland

In Glasgow, Low Emission Zones (LEZ) already apply to buses. For other vehicle types, enforcement will start on 1 June 2023 (1 June 2024 for residents within the zone). You can find all the rollout plans for Scotland on the official website.

Scotland’s potential ban on pavement parking

Scotland’s ban on parking on pavements and dropped kerbs are yet to be implemented because of delays caused by the pandemic. In 2021, the then-transport secretary said that the ban will be enforced before 2023 - which suggests that it needs to happen this year.

New number plates

As per the Highway Code 2023, from March cars with 23 registration plates will appear on the road. New cars will be registered under the 73 number plate from September.

Electric car owners still pay 0% Vehicle Excise Duty

Electric car owners will continue to pay no VED for two more years, while diesel and petrol car owners pay the minimum flat rate of £165. However, take note that electric car owners will have to start paying VED in April 2025.

Benefit in kind (BiK) to remain the same

If you drive a company car, you pay a BiK tax contribution - a petrol car emitting 100g/km emissions today pays 25%. The government has announced that BiK contributions will remain the same until April 2025, with the aim of encouraging employees to choose electric cars.

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) levy payment to recommence

During the pandemic, the government paused levy costs for vehicles that weigh over 12 tonnes. In August 2023, the suspension will end which means that freight companies will go back to paying the levy costs.