Original article from Kent Live
Drivers are being warned about three new rules set to come into force in less than one week.
Ranging from driving licence changes to a new type of fuel being introduced, these new laws might have a considerable impact on your life from next month onwards.
Although these changes might not affect the bulk of drivers, it's important to be aware of the new rules before driving on Britain's roads.
We've taken a look at all the new driving laws and changes coming into force in the coming months, below.
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1. The driving licence extension is ending
The DVLA extended driving licences which expired between February 1 and December 31, 2020 for 11 months at the height of Covid restrictions last year.
It meant drivers whose licences were due to end in October 2020 would instead be valid until late 2020 – however the deadline to renew many of them is now September 2021.
Motorists do not need to apply to renew their licence until they receive a reminder before their extension expires.
It all depends on when your extension started. For example, if your licence was due to expire in December 2020, you'll need to make sure it is up to date by November 2021.
Drivers who fail to renew their licence could be issued a £1,000 fine so have been urged to update it as soon as they can.
The DVLA says drivers can continue driving if they receive confirmation their application is being processed.
2. Changes to number plates
September’s number plate changes will see the new ‘71’ designs launch on brand new vehicles.
However, the new designs are not the only update for number plates as a new technical standard launches.
The new BS AU 145e plate will replace the old BS AU 145d standard which has been used since 2001.
3. New E10 fuel will replace regular petrol
On September 1, the default petrol available in all forecourts will switch from E5 to E10, SussexLive reports.
That means most vehicles that run on petrol will no longer see E5 in petrol stations in the UK.
The difference between E10 and E5 is that E5 contains just 5% of renewable ethanol, whereas the new edition contains 10%, reducing the amount of CO2-based vehicle emissions produced.
E10 petrol is already widely used around the world, including across Europe, the US and Australia.
All cars made after 2011 should be fine to fill up with E10, as well as the majority of vehicles made since the late 1990s.
If your car is incompatible, you’ll have to use super grade E5 unleaded instead.