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4 Common Motoring Offences You Have Probably Never Heard of

Motoring offences are on the rise and let’s be honest, when was the last time you have read the Highway Code? The Highway Code has hundreds of rules and some of them are often missed or ignored by drivers, leading to unnecessary fines and penalties on their licence. Many of us skimmed or read through the highway code before their driving test, but how many of these rules do you remember? To find out the most common missed offences, read our article. If you have been charged with a motoring offence, contact our experienced motoring lawyers now. 

Dirty Number Plates

Even though commonly missed, the rules on number plates in the UK are strict. It is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their number plate meets the UK requirements, otherwise, they are likely to face points, fines and penalties. The numbers on a driving plate mustn’t be obscured, they are designed in a way that makes them visible to other drivers and traffic cameras. If dirt or grime is obstructing the visibility of your licence, you can face up to 9 points on your licence and an up to £1000 fine. 

Driving with unrestrained pets 

The Highway Code states that it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure the safety of ALL their passengers, including pets. If you are planning on travelling with your pet, make sure that your investment in pet restraint, such as a pet carrier, a harness or a pet seatbelt. It doesn’t cost a lot, but is essential for your pet, and can save you from getting a £200 fine and 4 points on your licence. 

Parking at Night

Think twice about how and where you park at night. It is illegal to park on the road at night facing the direction of traffic. This offence can result in you in up to a £1000 fine, depending on the severity of the offence.

Leaving your engine on  

This offence is not only dangerous but can leave you with hefty penalties and fines. The highway code states that you must not leave your engine running when stationary in traffic on a public road. This rule does not apply to being stuck in traffic. However, if found committing this offence, you can be fined up to £20 and up to £80 in London. 

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