From January the 29th, new rules have been introduced by the Department of Transport with regards to the Highway Code. The new code is basically affecting cyclists on the road. There are also new penalties to be aware of if the new rules are broken.
Now all cyclists are given the right of way to be in the middle of the road in situations where required. Instead of taking the normal position of being on the left-hand side when approaching junctions and on empty roads. No change in this rule even if there’s a cycling lane, they’re not obliged by law to use it.
The new changes will mainly affect cyclists and pedestrians, giving them more priority on the roads and drivers having to yield whenever the situation arises. However, some critics have voiced concerns about a possible increase in accidents and tensions between cyclists and drivers.
Part of the new rules states that drivers will now have to leave a gap of at least 1.5 metres when overtaking cyclists. Those who do not follow the new rules will incur much heavier penalties such as £200 fines and up to six points for motorists. With the announcement of the new changes, road safety charity IAM RoadSmart has added to the concerns by saying these changes may cause an upturn in road rage involving cyclists and drivers.Director of Policy
Neil Greig, the Director of policy and research explained to The Times newspaper: “A lot of drivers are going to think that somebody cycling in the middle of the lane in front of them is doing it to deliberately slow them down. That leads to conflict and road rage and inappropriate overtaking. Everybody needs to know all of these changes at the same time for it to work.”
Another part of the changes being made by the Highway Code is how drivers will now use roundabouts and the law will now require those who can cause the greatest harm to others to have an increased level of responsibility to reduce the danger.
Under rule 186 which is an added new section, drivers on the road will need to give priority to cyclists at roundabouts. The new rule states the following: “You should give priority to cyclists on the roundabout. They will be travelling more slowly than motorised traffic.
“Give them plenty of room and do not attempt to overtake them within their lane. Allow them to move across your path as they travel around the roundabout.”
“Cyclists, horse riders, and horse-drawn vehicles may stay in the left-hand lane when they intend to continue across or around the roundabout and should signal right to show you they are not leaving the roundabout. “
“Drivers should take extra care when entering a roundabout to ensure that they do not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse-drawn vehicles in the left-hand lane, who are continuing around the roundabout.”
In all changes, it will be the driver’s responsibility to remain up-to-date with changes to the Highway Code, but in a recent AA survey, only a third of motorists were aware of the amendment.
The UK used car market is currently in the process of transitioning due to climate change and advancements in technology. Once upon a time, we solely relied on fossil fuel cars, and now as you probably know, these are going to start being phased out, and we will be more reliant on used electric vehicles like, used hybrid cars, used electric cars. With more cities launching Ulez car zones, car owners are having to upgrade their old cars in order to comply with the new emission standards which are being placed within these zones, or the alternative is to pay charges and steep fines if drivers do not comply.
At Best Price Car Sales, we not only stock Ulez compliant used cars but also quality used hybrid cars and used electric cars. We can even take your old car so you can use it as part-exchange and we’ll value it fairly for you over the phone and happily pick it up after we deliver your car to your doorstep or place of work totally free of charge.
With one of the widest selections of quality used cars in the UK, we’re sure we can find the right quality used car for you. Even if you have outstanding finance on your old car, we can get it settled so you’re able to drive away in a newer used car within a few days.
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In most vehicles these days, the car or van manufacturer fits as standard an emergency kit. Normally consists of bandages, plasters, micro scissors, and gauze. When it comes to buying a used car or used van, there may be incidents where there’s no kit at all or the previous owners of the vehicles have removed it. If you will be travelling to Europe, it is also important to note that many European countries have laws that require you to carry a first aid kit in your vehicle at all times.
At Best Price Car Sales, we are proud to say, all the used cars and used vans we sell come fully HPI checked and mechanically inspected. Each vehicle is cleaned and prepped for sale which gives peace of mind to our customers, knowing that we are selling high quality used cars with a full list of inspections to ensure all our customers are happy at the point of delivery or the point of sale on the forecourt.
Did you know that around 9 out of 10 new cars sold in the UK are through PCP finance? Purchasing this way gives buyers the chance to make lower payments to buy their dream cars. Normally a deposit will be required, but in some cases, there are options for no deposit too.
PCP is a definitely a popular way to go about buying new cars off the forecourt and also gives you the option to keep the car at the end of the term, or choose another new car and start a new contract term. Unfortunately, PCP finance can also be a bit of a sore point if mis sold, which has recently been brought to light in the media.
What Is PCP Finance?
PCP finance is the abbreviation for Personal Contract Plan. The finance option itself can be more than adequate for most consumers seeking to buy a brand new car with low instalments. The reality is that PCP can be a cost effective way of sticking within your monthly budget. The issues tend to lie in not the product itself, but how it’s been sold to customers.
What’s Been The Common Issue?
There are a few but the most common mis-selling issue has been the dreaded final Balloon payment which has to be made at the end of the term, in order to complete the purchase of your car. This can range into many thousands of pounds. In many cases, for some reason, this has not been mentioned at the point of sale or the customer had a ‘misunderstanding’ on how the final payment will be made. This can be perilous because if you can’t pay it, you are at risk of losing your car and having a CCJ on your credit file.
Things To Also Be Wary Of
The PCP finance contract usually states a limitation on yearly mileage, penalties for scratches and dents, and possible negative equity of your car, meaning you may have to make up any shortfall of value in order to change the car and start a new PCP contract.
Of course, there is! Firstly, yes it’s great owning a brand new car and nice to show off to the Jones’ next door. But we all know, once that car leaves the forecourt and is heading its way back to your home, it’s lost value. In some cases, depending on the make and model of the car, the drop can be staggeringly unbelievable.
Wouldn’t it be more logical to buy a high quality used car, a few years old, with a full service history? Firstly you’re getting it at a much cheaper price, and secondly, you can buy it through hire purchase finance. This means after the final payment, the car is yours, no small print on mileage, dents or scratches, etc. What’s even better is that Best Price Car Sales Will offer to use your car as part exchange which you still have on finance to upgrade for a bigger, better, or more fuel-efficient one. And if you have been making all your payments on time, you could even get an even better deal on the payments. This can all be done, after only one year!
Why not visit Best Price Car Sales and see our vast range of used cars and used vans, and speak to one of our friendly advisors today or call us on 02382 544 186.