Drivers could be slapped with £5,000 fine for chanting ‘It’s Coming Home’ in cars during Euros

England flag on the car

Drivers could be fined for breaching Rule 160 of the Highway Code

Hemma Visavadia

By Hemma Visavadia

Published: 10/07/2024

- 09:44

Updated: 10/07/2024

- 09:46

Motorists could face hefty fines if caught breaching driving laws

Drivers have been warned they could be fined a staggering £5,000 for singing the national anthem in their car during the Euros.

As England get ready for their semi-final against The Netherlands, experts have urged motorists not to sing or dance behind the wheel.

Under Rule 160 of the Highway Code, drivers must drive or ride with both hands on the wheel or handlebars where possible.

As excitement over the European Championships continues, motorists could risk heavy fines for driving recklessly.

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Experts at Motor Match explained that the Highway Code requires drivers to maintain “full control” of their vehicle while travelling.

“Engaging in activities like dancing breaks these fundamental rules and increases the risk of accidents. We urge drivers to keep both hands on the wheel and their focus on the road,” the expert stated.

Another rule drivers could potentially fall foul of is placing flags on their car which could see them fined up to £1,000 and receive three points on their licence if they are not fitted correctly.

England flags fitted to cars must be positioned safely, and not obstruct the driver or other road users’ vision.

Motor Match added that flags must be smaller than an A4 piece of paper and cannot be fitted to the bonnet or leading edge of the vehicle.

The expert detailed: “It is vital that drivers do not place flags on the driver’s side of their car or in front of their windscreen or mirrors as this could obstruct vision.

“If drivers have a roof rack this is a good place to securely fasten a small flag to so long as there are not sharp edges which could be harmful to pedestrians.

“You can enjoy your favourite songs, but always ensure you are driving with care, especially during the excitement of Euro 2024.”

Football fans must also adhere to the strict drinking limits in place before travelling during the tournament.

Drivers could face three months’ imprisonment, up to a £2,500 fine or a possible driving ban if caught behind the wheel intoxicated.

A conviction for drink-driving could also see car insurance costs increase significantly while an employer will see the conviction on a driving licence.

Motorists should allow one hour for each unit of alcohol consumed to exit their system, plus an additional hour for the first drink to enter the bloodstream before setting off.


Drink driving

Drivers could be fined £2,500 for drink driving


Alcohol consumption also depends on factors like gender, age, weight and height, which can determine the limit of a driver.

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