Several major new laws covering everything from crime to carbon emissions are due to come into force next year.
Motorists in and around Birmingham will soon be banned from scrolling on their phones, while changes in the traffic law will give cyclists and pedestrians more protection on the roads.
Meanwhile, the controversial law on police, crime, sentencing and courts is likely to give police extensive powers to deal with protesters. It will also increase prison sentences for child murderers in the wake of the shocking murder of six-year-olds Arthur Labinjo-Hughes in Birmingham.
New ones are coming environmental rules to crack down on CO2 emissions across the country along with other rules that could affect people’s daily lives in the West Midlands.
We have compiled some of the great new laws you should be aware of next year, including:
1) New motorway rules
New rules must be in place by January 2022 to provide cyclists, riders and pedestrians more protection on the roads.
Changes will be made to the Traffic Act, which will make it law for motorists to treat these groups with more consideration than they currently do.
They provide guidelines for what motorists should do when overtaking cyclists and riders, and also give cyclists and pedestrians priority at some intersections.
They are expected to be welcomed Worcestershire, which has plenty of country roads popular with riders, cyclists and hikers.
Documents are now for the Folketing which, all right, will be enacted and added to the Highway Act in January 2022.
According to the new requirements in the Highway Code, drivers are prohibited from:
– Across cyclists, riders or horse-drawn vehicles at intersections.
– If you turn at an intersection, it will cause the cyclist or rider to stop or turn.
– To do something that would risk a collision with a cyclist.
2) Use of mobile phones while driving
Police will soon be able to more easily prosecute motorists using a handheld mobile phone at the wheel after the government has strengthened existing laws to crack down on irresponsible motorists.
It is already illegal to text or make a phone call, other than in an emergency, using a handheld device while driving.
Next year, laws will go further to ban motorists from using their phones to take pictures or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.
This will mean that anyone caught using their handheld device while driving will face a flat fine of £ 200 and 6 points on their driving license.
Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “Too many deaths and injuries are happening while cell phones are being held back.
“By making it easier to prosecute people illegally by using their phone at the wheel, we ensure that the law is brought into the 21st century, while further protecting all road users.”
3) Covid rules
Due to the alarming spread of Omicron variant across the country, it is possible that we may see further restrictions in the new year.
After the vast majority of Covid rules were removed earlier this year, the government reviewed the remaining rules and decided that it was necessary to extend the following until at least March 24, 2022:
- The regulations for health protection (Coronavirus, restrictions) (self-isolation) 2020, which set legal requirements for self-isolation of positive cases and unvaccinated close contacts.
- The Health Protection Regulations (Coronavirus, Restrictions) 2020, which enable local authorities to respond to serious and imminent threats to public health.
Plan B restrictions were also recently introduced despite Boris Johnson suffering a significant Tory uprising during the vote.
The new rules mean you have to show one Covid pas for access to some venues, including nightclubs, indoor venues without seating for more than 500 people, outdoor venues for more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.
4) Mandatory vaccination for NHS workers
Nursing staff and NHS staff must now have their coronavirus vaccine in order to work after MPs voted through a new law in December.
MPs voted 385 to 100 for the new rules, which will require the NHS and social workers to be vaccinated by April 2022.
This means that those who have not received their vaccine only have a few months to get it or are faced with being unable to work.
While the new regulation was approved in parliament, it met with opposition from some MPs, including dozens from Conservative Party.
5) Arthur’s Law
Boris Johnson has supported proposals to introduce Arthur’s law as he promises to increase prison sentences for child killers.
His comments came as the government prepared to launch a national inquiry into the death Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, a six-year-old boy tortured and killed by his “evil” father and stepmother in Birmingham.
Under Arthur’s law, anyone who commits the murder of a child will be sent to prison indefinitely, with a minimum of life sentence.
At present, life sentences apply to any case involving the abduction and subsequent murder of a child, or the murder of a child with a sexual or sadistic intent.
The government is set to amend the bill on police, crime, sentencing and courts, which is currently being reviewed by parliament, to add premeditated child murder to the list of the most serious offenses against children.
6) Protesting laws
Controversial new laws currently going through parliament could result in protesters being jailed for six months.
It reports Mirror Online that new offenses will force prison sentences on activists who lock, chain or glue to railings, gates or other objects.
Last minute changes to the bill on police, crime, courts and sentencing would also impose on activists six months in prison that ‘intentionally’ blocked highways or the construction of larger works like HS2.
Courts will have the power to impose “prevention orders” on the future conduct of protesters, even if they have not been convicted of a crime.
And police would have extensive new powers to stop and search protesters, even without suspicion of a crime being committed.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the laws should crack down on groups like Insulate Britain, but opponents say they will “limit and criminalize protests” on top of measures already agreed in the bill.
7) Harper’s Law
Emergency workers will soon receive greater protection from violent criminals as the government plans to introduce ‘Harper’s Law’ as soon as possible.
The new law, introduced after the death of police officer Andrew Harper, would mean mandatory life sentences for offenders whose crimes lead to the death of a relief worker in the service.
The ruling follows a two-year campaign by Lissie Harper, whose husband was killed while answering a burglary call late at night.
It writes The Guardian that the new legislation will pass on to the law books through an amendment to the existing bill on policing, crime, courts and sentencing and is likely to enter into force in early 2022.
8) Rules for electric cars
From next year, new homes and buildings such as supermarkets and workplaces, as well as those undergoing a major renovation, will have to install charging stations for electric cars.
The government has said it wants to start a decade delivering hundreds of thousands of charging points while creating additional green jobs across the country.
9) New homes to produce less carbon
New homes and buildings in England will have to produce significantly less CO2 under new rules announced by the government to help the country move towards net zero.
According to the new rules, CO2 emissions from newly built homes must be about 30 percent lower than current standards, and emissions from other new buildings, including offices and shops, must be reduced by 2 percent.
The government says installing low-carbon technologies, such as solar panels and heat pumps, and using materials in a more energy-efficient way to retain heat will help reduce emissions – and help meet Britain’s climate change ambitions.
The amendments announced this month by the Government’s Building Regulations, which set the standards in England for the design, construction and alteration of buildings, follow a public consultation and take effect from June 2022.
10) Parking ban for the sidewalk
Parking on all sidewalks is already illegal in London – and will also be banned in the rest of the UK.
It reports The Sun. that breach of the law could result in fines of £ 70 nationwide once the much-discussed change is confirmed in the new year.
11) Banking rules
It reports Mirror Online that under new security checks, both debit and credit card providers will be required to verify online payments with customers with a £ 25 trigger in place to detect ‘abnormal’ transactions.
The law is part of the rollout of ‘Strong Customer Authentication (SCA)’, which banks, such as Santander, have phased in since last year. It will officially become law next spring, but banks were advised to enforce it from September.
In short, this means that lenders and loan providers will start contacting customers more often to confirm that the payment is legitimate.