Home News New Highway Code rule sees change in the way drivers can listen...

New Highway Code rule sees change in the way drivers can listen to music – and new fine


Motorists have been warned about changes to the Highway Code when listening to music on the road.

Drivers using streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music will be the most impacted by the updated rule, which is one of 11 being rolled out today.

From Friday (January 28), anyone caught changing a song while behind the wheel could risk an immediate £200 fine, Manchester Evening News reports.

READ: South Bristol traffic ‘chaos’ feared over plans to change road

This warning comes in the wake of several rule changes to the Highway Code today (January 28), which is set to shake up the hierarchy of people on the road to make it safer for more vulnerable users.

Finance firm CarMoney’s Andrew Marshall says: “More and more drivers are being caught out on the roads by unexpected fines. The new changes to the Highway Code will place more responsibility on road users and it will be a criminal offence to disobey them.

“More publicised offences, such as making phone calls whilst driving, are already deemed unacceptable in our society but simple things such as throwing a cigarette out of a window are what we see on journeys every day, and often without consequence.

“We are reminding road users to be considerate of other road users and obey driving laws for their own safety and the safety of others whilst travelling.”

With a whole new set of codes about to come into action, read on for easy to miss rules already in place, according to CarMoney.

Here’s a list of some of the least known rules coming into place from today:

Stopping beyond the white line at traffic lights

Crossing this line can cost you up to £100 and can even add three points to your licence.

Advanced Stop Lines, or ASLs, mark areas reserved for cyclists. Motorists who creep over the line and stop in the box risk getting slapped with both the fine and the points.

Using mobile phone to change song while driving

New laws aimed at cutting out dangerous driving now state that people changing the song on their phone while they drive can be hit with a fine.

This also includes other actions like taking pictures or videos. Fiddling with your phone in this way while driving may get you slapped with a £200 fine and even a possible six points on your licence.

Under the law as it stands, drivers are banned from texting or making a call other than in an emergency, wording that dates back to when phones were more limited when rules were first introduced in 2003.

This latest change catches up with other phone usage laws, making motorists who use their smartphone in different ways responsible for dangerous driving.

Sign up for our new Bristol’s Court Insider newsletter for the latest court and crime news – from arrests to trials and sentencings

Throwing cigarette butt out of a car window

“Incorrect disposal of a cigarette” can land motorists a fixed penalty notice fine of anywhere between £50 and £100. Throwing a cigarettes butt is considered littering and therefore an environmental offence.

Smoking in a car is not a crime as long as the passengers are over 18, however, the fine was introduced to cut down littering and prevent the level of plastic-based butts discarded to align with current littering laws.

Having a dirty number plate

It can be easier for muck and grime to build up on your licence plate from driving on wet roads, especially in winter. But failure to keep your plate clear and visible can result in a whopping £1,000 fine.

If your plate is unreadable then you are breaking the Highway Code, which says: “Lights, indicators and number plates must be kept clean and clear.”

Drivers should remember to clean their vehicles soon after driving on muddy or wet roads.

There are more major changes coming to the Highway Code this weekend that are set to drastically change the hierarchy of road-user.

The Government has said the changes to the code are “designed to enhance safety for all road-users – particularly those most at risk”.

Some fear the changes will lead to a spike in road rage incidents.

Drivers will also be advised to follow the ‘Dutch Reach’, by which they must open the door next to them with the opposite hand so they look over their shoulder, meaning they’re less likely to injure passing cyclists and pedestrians.

What do you make of these changes? Let us know in the comments section below

Previous articleBest supplements: The water-soluble pill that may lower cholesterol levels and blood sugar
Next articleADVERTORIAL: Escape to paradise and visit the idyllic island of Sri Lanka this year


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here