The Latest MOT and Driving Law Changes for 2020

As cars change and technology develops, driving laws and requirements need to evolve alongside them. To make sure you’re aware of the latest MOT and driving law changes for 2020, we’ve gathered all of the information that you need to know.

Low Emission Rules

The UK is aiming to become more environmentally friendly and reduce air pollution levels, particularly in high traffic areas. A number of cities across the country will see the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZ) or Clean Air Zones (CAZ), which will carry a fee if you want to drive through these areas with a vehicle that doesn’t meet emissions standards. This fee can vary depending on your vehicle.

London, Edinburgh, Birmingham and York are just some of the cities that will be introducing Low Emission Zones. Other cities, including Bristol and Birmingham, are even considering committing to a complete car ban within the next few years.

Driving Permits and Green Cards

This isn’t a definite change but, depending on the deal the UK gets when we leave the EU, you may be required to get a driving permit when travelling abroad to Europe.

You already need to do this for some countries, but the list of countries could potentially expand after Brexit.

Mobile Phone Laws

By spring 2020, the law that prohibits mobile phone use while driving will extend to all types of phone use.

As it stands now, the law states that mobile phones cannot be used to ‘communicate’ while driving, such as talking or texting. The new law will mean that using your phone in any way while behind the wheel, including changing a song on a playlist, for example, will be illegal.

MOT Changes

There will be new categories for cars being MOT tested this year:

  • Dangerous – Direct risk to road safety or the environment. Results in a fail.
  • Major – Could affect safety or the environment. Results in a fail.
  • Minor – No effect on safety, but should be repaired as soon as possible.
  • Advisory – Could have an effect in future.
  • Pass – Meets the current legal standards.

There are also other requirements that will be included in the MOT for the first time. These include:

  • Under-inflated tyres
  • Contaminated brake fluid
  • Brake pad warning lights and missing pads or discs
  • Reverse lights (for vehicles newer than September 2009)
  • Daytime running lights (for vehicles newer than March 2018)

Grace Period for Parking Charge

All council car parks in 2015 introduced a 10-minute grace period before issuing a parking charge. This was a voluntary period for private parking firms, however, this year it will apply to all car parks.

If you’re looking to upgrade your car this year to meet lower emissions, or perhaps you just want a newer model, use our quote form to see how much you could get for your old car.


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