Fines are a sure way to ruin anyone’s day. Unfortunately for drivers, there are all sorts of things they can be fined for. Whilst we all know about speeding and parking fines, there are many others you might not be aware of…
1) Using Your Phone As A Sat Nav
Smart phones are getting, well, smarter. Many motorists are choosing to use theirs as sat navs. The problem is they’re often balancing them precariously on dashboards or holding them as they drive. They must be properly secured with an appropriate holder or you risk a £200 fine and six penalty points.
2) Having A Dirty Number Plate
There’s not much point in a number plate if it’s impossible to read. If yours becomes so dirty and grimy that it can’t be made out, police officers can issue eye-watering fines of up to £1,000. Make sure to check yours before long journeys and after going off-road.
3) Using Your Phone To Pay At Drive-Thrus
All sorts of payment methods can now be used via your phone. You might be tempted to use these at fast food restaurant drive thrus. Unfortunately, this counts as using your phone whilst driving (even if you’re stationary). That means risking fines and penalty points.
4) Middle Lane Hogging
When you’re not overtaking, you should on on the inside lane on the motorway. It’s that simple. If police find you ‘hogging’ lanes, especially you middle lane, it can be classified as negligent driving. That means potentially facing fines up to £100 and three penalty points.
5) Using Your Horn To Scold Road-Users
It’s such a frequent occurrence that it’s easy to see it as acceptable, but using a car’s horn to tell people off isn’t proper use. The horn should be used to alert other driver’s to your presence and nothing else. Using it for any other reason can, in theory, see you face a £30 fine.
6) Sleeping In Your Car Whilst Drunk
This is probably one of the weirdest driving ‘offences.’ As far as the police are concerned, a drunk driver IN their car is still in charge of it. They’re therefore in charge of a vehicle on paper; that means ten penalty points and a hefty bill to the government.
7) Taking Prescription Drugs
Over the counter prescription drugs can affect a person’s ability to drive. New laws introduced in 2015 acknowledged this. Police sometimes now carry screening devices designed to pick up popular prescription drugs, including codeine, diazepam and amphetamine.
8) Not Clearing Your Windscreen
Your windscreen is your central point of view whilst driving; it’s hardly rocket science. If it’s obstructed, it means you can’t see clearly ahead. It’s remarkable, then, that police officers often share images of motorists attempting to driving essentially blind. Keep yours clear to keep police away.
9) Smoking With Young Passengers
Since 2015, it’s been illegal to smoke in a car with passengers younger than 18. This is to protect minors from the dangers of second-hand smoke. As a vehicle’s owner, you’re also responsible for other passengers who decide to light up, too.
10) Driving With Snow On The Roof
When it snows, you’ll naturally clear your windscreen and mirrors. However, leaving snow on top of your vehicle can also land you in trouble. Why? Because loose snow can dislodge itself whilst you’re on the road, this can distract other drivers and road-users. According to the RAC, fines have been issued.
The Road Traffic Act 1988 states, “you must not leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road.” Since being issued, there have been further clampdowns because of the emissions idling cars release; especially around schools and hospitals. How much this is enforced, however, varies from region to region.
12) Not Telling The DVLA About Medical Conditions
Many motorists are unaware of the fact that they must inform the DVLA if they’re diagnosed with a ‘notifiable’ medical condition. These can include anything from anxiety to deja vu! Failing to do so means facing a charge of £1,000 and even prosecution.
13) Parking Too Close To A Junction
Junctions can be dangerous places that require a driver’s full attention and clear space to manoeuvre in. This is why it’s a driving offence to park within ten metres of one (unless there’s clearly marked and authorised space).
14) Misusing The Hard Shoulder
The hard shoulder is for emergency situations. Period. These include your car facing a major fault or a medical emergency. The only exceptions are on so-called ‘smart motorways.’ These sometime use the shoulder as an additional lane.
15) Crawling (Driving Too Slowly)
When we think of speeding offences, we usually think of petrol heads putting their foot down. But driving too slowly is also an offence and can be just as dangerous. In fact, around 140 accidents are caused every year by drivers who crawl. If you’re found to be presenting a danger by driving too slowly, you can be issued with a whopping nine penalty points and an unlimited fine.
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