New driving laws ‘should be updated’ to account for 2030 petrol and diesel car ban

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The AA Driving School is calling for more information on electric vehicles to be included in the Highway Code to account for the increasing numbers of EVs over petrol and diesel cars. Research has shown that nearly two in five drivers are uncertain about driving and maintaining an electric vehicle.

Almost two fifths said they would not feel confident knowing which chargepoint would be compatible with an EV and a third said they were not confident they could charge the car correctly at a public chargepoint.

Currently there is no dedicated advice on electric vehicles in the Highway Code.

This is despite the Government’s 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in only eight years’ time.

Mark Oakley, AA Driving School Interim Managing Director, called on the Government to take action to help drivers learn more about EVs.

He said: “With the ban of new petrol and diesel cars just eight years away, the Highway Code should be updated to reflect the future direction of driving.

“EVs have been growing in popularity for years, and we are pleased to be introducing them to the AA Driving School from March.

“But it’s clear from our research that our instructors will need to play a key role in helping educate learner drivers about the technology and terminology around them.

“New drivers are still getting to grips with EVs and learning what’s best for them.

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“We’re committed to playing our part in the early adoption of EVs for new pupils to learn in, but would call on the Government to improve the information and guidance publicly available.”

The AA says a Highway Code change would help drivers understand EVs more and integrate them onto roads more seamlessly.

Annex three of the Highway Code currently addresses petrol stations and fuel tanks, which could also contain information about EV chargepoints, battery range and warning lights in the future.

In December, it was announced that there will be an update to add a warning section targeting EV drivers.

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