MOTORCYCLE could be fined £2,500 for this simple driving offense during the festive season.
Police have warned that motorists could be forced to split huge sums of money if they take the money to get friends on board.
Taking your friends or family on an elevator ride can be a great way to travel in a more eco-friendly way and share the cost of gas.
But you risk voiding your insurance or breaking the law if you lose too much money to provide the lift.
There are even laws governing car sharing.
The Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 states that passenger contributions should be arranged prior to travel and should not exceed the operating costs, including wear and tear, of the vehicle for trip.
That usually means you can only charge for gas and are not allowed to profit from providing lifts.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police told the Bournemouth Echo that illegal elevator sharing services could lead to prosecution.
They said: “We are aware of several Facebook groups that have been created to share lifts in and around the Bournemouth and Poole areas.
“When you get in a car with an unlicensed and unlicensed stranger, you have no knowledge of their background and put your personal safety at risk.
“Before offering to raise money in exchange for money, you should talk to your insurance company as this could void your insurance and possibly lead to your car being seized by the police. , fixed penalties or prosecution resulting in fines, license points or disqualification from driving. ”
According to experts, insurance companies will allow motorists to receive certain payments to cover personal elevators, but they will still not be able to profit from them.
Neil Greig, Poilicy and Director of Research at IAM RoadSmart, said: “The government wants to encourage car sharing to reduce congestion so it has agreements in place with all the car insurance companies that allow you to get paid. charges from car-sharing friends without voiding your insurance. .
“However, if you overcharge or start doing it for profit, your insurance may not be worth it. You could also be in violation of local regulations set by the umbrella rental board. Your private bowl poses.
“If you plan to share a car, always check with your auto insurance company first and be transparent about what you’re planning to do and how often it might happen.
“Remember, not all of your co-workers can be safe drivers, so you should always check their driving before entering into a car-sharing agreement.”
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