Drivers risk £5,000 in fines for wearing holiday clothes | Popgen Tech
As the holiday season approaches, driving becomes unavoidable for many as they go Christmas shopping or attend winter festivities. However, car hire comparison website Moneyshake has warned of five laws drivers could be breaking this festive season, which could see them fined, points on their license or even banned. And one of them is wearing Christmas clothes.
During the festive season, there are fun items of clothing such as Santa outfits, sparkly clothes and jumpers with twinkling lights.
However, Rule 97 of the Road Traffic Code states that drivers “must ensure that clothing and footwear do not interfere with your proper use of the controls”.
This means that driving while wearing any clothing that impairs the driver’s vision or prevents the driver from using the vehicle’s controls can be classified as driving without due care and attention.
Failure to maintain proper vehicle control can result in a £100 on-the-spot fine, three license penalty points and in more serious cases, drivers can face fines of up to £5,000 and disqualification.
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Car decoration for Christmas
While Christmas car decorations can add to the holiday spirit, avoid placing lights, reindeer antlers, ribbons and tinsel inside and outside the car.
Any decorations that obstruct the driver’s view can result in three points on your license and a £1,000 fine.
And if any decorations become detached from the vehicle, they can become a hazard to others on the road.
If this happens, drivers can be charged with ‘careless driving’ and face a fixed penalty of £100 and three points on their licence.
In more serious cases, motorists risk nine points on their license and a £5,000 fine – or they could be disqualified from driving altogether.
He sleeps in the car while intoxicated
After the Christmas party, drivers may be tempted to take a nap in the car. While it is not against the law to sleep in a car, it is illegal to be under the influence.
If drivers are caught sleeping over the alcohol limit, even with the engine off, they can be charged with “drink driving”.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988, a motorist can be found guilty of “driving on a road or other public place after consuming so much alcohol that the proportion of alcohol in the breath, blood or urine exceeds the normal limit. set limit.”
Drivers can face a maximum fine of £2,500 if they are caught driving over the legal limit. They can also be deprived of their driver’s license, and in more serious cases, face imprisonment for a term of up to three months.
Eben Lovatt, CEO of Moneyshake, said: “This is the time of year for celebrations. Drivers should take care over the festive period to drive safely and carefully, avoid distractions and overload their vehicles. Although it may seem unlikely, you can receive a fine, it is still possible that you may be penalized, so we advise you not to take any chances.
“The festive season is for fun with family and friends, not for getting into trouble and potentially disqualifying or causing harm.”