MOTORS can face hefty fines of up to £10,000 as they drive around the country picking up loved ones this Christmas.
Here’s how to make sure you and your car are properly prepared for the festive season.
From Christmas shopping to parties at the office or just seeing friends and family, there are plenty of reasons why you might be behind the wheel for the next few weeks.
But festivals and winter weather bring more risks to the road.
Here are the main driving fines that can affect your Christmas break.
Drunk driving – fine £2,500
Health experts may warn us to reduce our social contact in the run-up to Christmas due to Omicron variant, but motorists should also be vigilant about how much they drink at a party or festive gathering.
You can be fined, lose your driver’s license or even go to jail if caught drinking and driving plus the risk of causing an accident.
Many alcohol limit when driving and people react differently depending on factors like their age and weight.
It’s best to avoid drinking if you’re driving or taking a taxi home, especially when Maximum fines for driving while intoxicated is £2,500.
In more serious cases, such as if you refuse a ventilator test or cause an accident, you could lose your driver’s license or be taken to court, which could result in jail time.
Charge the elevator – £2,500 fine
If you decide to be the designated driver for a night out over the festive period or are driving friends or family home for Christmas, be careful when it comes to gas bills.
Road users are not allowed to profit from letting other passengers ride the elevator unless they have a valid taxi driver’s license or private hire.
You run the risk of breaking the law and being be fined up to £2,500 if you try to profit from letting someone else lift your car.
The Public Passenger Vehicles Act of 1981 states that passenger contributions cannot exceed the operating costs, including wear and tear, of the vehicle for the trip.
That usually means you can only charge for gas and are not allowed to profit from providing lifts.
Illegal tire – fine £2,500
The tread depth of car tires should be at least 1.6mm on each tire – or 1mm for motorcycles, large vehicles and passenger cars.
Anything below is illegal and can be dangerous in cold, wet and icy conditions as there is a greater chance of skidding and causing an accident.
If you are found with Illegal tires, you could get a £2,500 fine and three penalty points – for each foul, this means a total of £10,000 if all four are understaffed and have 12 points on your licence.
Decorating your car- fine of £1,000
It might feel festive adding tinsel, fairy lights, or Santa hats to your motorcycle so you can have some fun on the highway, but it can be risky for motorcyclists. another driver.
If your ornament falls on the road and causes an accident, you can be fined £100 for careless driving and have three points added to your license.
In addition, the Road Traffic Law provides that “no one may operate a motor vehicle on the roadway if he is in a position where he cannot … see the entire road and the traffic ahead.”
Driving with obstructed vision could land you with a £1,000 fine.
Dirty windshield – £1,000 fine
Rain, snow, and ice can all stain your car’s windshield, making it harder for you to drive.
Erase your windshield using de-icer or air-com to remove it or you could get fined £1,000 for driving wiis an obscured view.
Same with the snow on your roof.
Make sure you clear off excess snow before you drive, otherwise it could get in your windows and obstruct your vision.
If a dirty or obscured windshield causes you to lose control and cause an accident, you could face criminal prosecution or a £10,000 fine.
Dirty license plates – £1,000 fine
You may not worry about a little bit of snow and sleet getting your car dirty, but it’s important to check that your license plate is not blocked or obscured.
The sign must be clear to register with Automatic license plate recognition (ANPR) camera, so make sure it’s clean before you set off.
Otherwise, you could be fined up to £1,000.
Wearing inappropriate footwear – £100 fine
Rule 97 of the Highway Code states that motorists must wear “shoes and clothing that do not prevent you from using the controls correctly.”
You need to have the right pedal control for your shoes, so you might have to wait until you reach your destination to change into your party heels or winter boots if they’re hard to get into.
If caught, you may face a spot fine of £100 for careless driving and there are three points added to your license.
In more serious cases or those requiring a court, charges can result in fines of up to £5,000, up to nine penalty points and even a driving ban.
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