Drivers are set to be hit with widespread enforcement of £70 fines as councils are given more power against motorists.

The "moving traffic" offences local authorities will be able to punish drivers for include stopping in yellow box junctions and performing bad turns.

At the moment, most councils are only able to send out penalties for parking and driving in bus lanes.

The police are typically responsible for issuing "moving traffic" offence fines, apart from in London and Cardiff.

But the new powers will mean almost 300 councils in England will be able to apply for the right to issue these penalties as well.

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According to the Department for Transport, the regulations will be laid in December but they will likely not come into force until next year.

Councils have to apply for the powers which will be granted through Designation Orders.

Motoring groups have previously warned drivers could be hit by a huge number of fines if councils use the new powers as an opportunity to grab cash.

Research carried out by RAC found drivers in London and Cardiff were collectively fined £58million in a year for “moving traffic” offences.

RAC spokesman, Simon Williams, said: “We’re fearful that some authorities may be over enthusiastic in using their new powers for revenue-raising reasons.

“Drivers who blatantly ignore signage or highway rules should expect penalties but there are instances which are not always clear-cut.

“Large yellow box junctions can be particularly problematic to get across without stopping.

“So it’s important common sense is applied rather than instantly issuing penalties to drivers.

“The first thing councils should do is review the road layout at these junctions.”

The update comes as drivers face tougher laws when it comes to using a mobile phone behind the wheel from next year.

It is already illegal to text or make a phone call while using a hand-held device while driving.

But from 2022, drivers will be banned from using their phones to take photos or videos, scroll through playlists or play games.

This will mean anyone caught using their hand-held device while driving will face a £200 fixed penalty notice and six points on their licence.

Drivers will still be able to continue using a device "hands-free" while driving.

We've also rounded up seven changes you need to declare to DVLA - from eye tests to getting married - or face huge fines.

For example, if your residential address does not match your licence address you could be hit with a £1,000 fine.

You also need to tell the DVLA if you have sold, transferred or bought a vehicle.

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