Motorists warned of Highway Code breaches which could lead to £6,000 worth of fines

Motorists warned of Highway Code breaches which could lead to £6,000 worth of fines

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Hemma Visavadia

By Hemma Visavadia

Published: 22/05/2024

- 11:39

Experts urge drivers to travel with caution to avoid fines this bank holiday

Highway Code rules could catch drivers out this year with little-known driving laws potentially seeing them hit with fines worth more than £6,000.

Ahead of the upcoming bank holiday weekend, drivers have been urged to be cautious about key mistakes which could see them slapped with penalties.

Drivers taking bikes on holiday this weekend have been advised to make sure any bike rack does not block the number plate or brake lights. If found to be an obstruction, drivers could be fined up to £1,000.

One car expert said that bike racks are a "cheap and easy" way to transport them when going on holiday, but urged drivers to remain cautious.

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Police issuing a driver a fine

Drivers are being warned ahead of the bank holiday weekend


Darren Miller, from, warned that drivers need to ensure their car's number plate and brake lights are always visible.

If they're not visible Miller stated that it could be “unsafe” with drivers risking fines of £1,000.

Offering an easy solution, he explained that a light board or detachable number plate can fix this issue allowing motorists to “transport bikes safely and legally”.

Another issue drivers may not be aware of which could lead to fines comes when travelling with pets.

Drivers could face fines of up to £5,000 as well as points on their licence for letting pets hang their heads out the window.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states that when in a vehicle, drivers must make sure dogs or other animals are “suitably restrained” with a seatbelt harness, pet carrier or cage for the whole duration of travel.

The restrictions are in place to prevent pets from distracting drivers with the police potentially issuing a £5,000 fine if ignored.

Overloading a car for the bank holiday could also see drivers penalised, with drivers at risk of a £300 fine if they ignore rules.

Rule 98 of the Highway Code warns drivers of the risks of overloading a vehicle as it could impact the stopping and reaction time of the vehicle.

He commented: “When packing for a trip, it's easy to get carried away and overload the vehicle, but this can affect its handling and braking. Pack wisely and adhere to the recommended weight limits to avoid this.”

During the busy bank holiday, it's “more important than ever” to stay focused and be mindful of rules to avoid unnecessary fines, which can be a costly addition to holiday expenses, Miller remarked.

He said: “Safe driving isn’t just about avoiding penalties; it’s about ensuring everyone reaches their destination without incident.


Dogs in back of the car

Rule 57 of the Highway Code, states animals must be “suitably restrained” while in a vehicle


“Let’s prioritise safety and respect on the roads for a fine-free, enjoyable holiday for all."

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