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Drivers could be fined £5k for wearing winter coats, Christmas jumpers and sparkles

Daily Post 30/11/2021 Aaran Lennox

Christmas party-goers are being warned they could be hit with a £5k fine if their outfit restricts their ability to drive.

As the celebrations get set to gear up since Covid restrictions were fully lifted earlier this year, it is expected that millions will be out in search for the perfect yuletide outfit.

Motoring experts at National Tyres and Autocare urge those taking to the roads to be wary of what they’re wearing in case it lands them in trouble with the law.

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While not technically against the law, failing to wear the correct footwear while behind the wheel breaches Rule 97 of the Highway Code and could be classed as driving without due care and attention.

The Highway Code states: “You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in any manner.”

Your outfit could land you in trouble with the law © Evening Gazette Your outfit could land you in trouble with the law

Footwear such as high heels or boots can limit the movement of your ankles; shoes with a thick platform sole can impact the use of pedals, especially your vehicle’s clutch. Inflatable fancy dress costumes are extremely popular, but trying to drive in one can seriously affect your visibility and your ability to handle your vehicle’s steering wheel, gear stick and other controls.

Failure to have proper control of your vehicle could lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 and/or a discretionary disqualification and nine points on your licence.

Michael Bourne, Group Marketing Director at National Tyres and Autocare says “Driving in outfits that impact your driving ability could cause an accident. Any piece of clothing that impairs your vision or prevents you from using the car's controls, could lead to a £5K fine and potentially three points on your licence.”

Brits are also warned to take care in their outfit choice as costumes or anything that can be deemed distracting to other drivers, for example, a Santa outfit or sparkly clothing can be classed as ‘careless and inconsiderate driving’ according to The Highway Code.

If your outfit is deemed as careless or inconsiderate, it could lead to an unlimited fine and/or a discretionary disqualification and 3 - 9 points on your licence.

Michael added: “We recommend making sure your outfit doesn’t impact your driving ability as well as others, and if it does, take your outfit to the venue and then get changed there.”


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