There is a number of driving offences that can see motorists face penalties and fines
We all like think we’re fantastic drivers that have impeccable standards when we’re on the roads.
The reality is though we forget certain rules while driving and acquire bad habits that affect the way we drive.
Motorists often flout row Highway Code whether through forgetfulness or just laziness.
Flouting the Highway Code can not only be dangerous to other drivers but also pedestrians, reports the Liverpool Echo.
Mike Bristow, spokesperson for Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are operating within the law.
“The Highway Code is freely available and exists to keep drivers informed on how to use our roads safely.
“Ignorance is no excuse.”
Not only is it dangerous to repudiate or be unaware of these rules and laws, it can also be costly.
Certain offences can land you a huge fine but others could see you lose your licence or face a prison sentence.
Drivers can attract a £1,000 fine for a number of reasons
Here are 17 rules and laws you might have forgotten:
-You must inform the DVLA if you change your name or address.
-You mustn’t use your car’s horn when the vehicle is stationary. The only circumstance when you are allowed to is when the other vehicle poses a danger.
Fines for flouting this rule range from £30 up to £1,000, depending on the severity of the offence.
-It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device, when stopped at traffic lights or queueing in traffic.
Mobile phone laws introduced earlier this year increased the fine and penalty point endorsement for drivers flouting this rule to £200 and six penalty points.
-On roads with more than one lane, you must stay in the left hand lane unless overtaking, or turning right.
-You must not drive on a pavement, footpath or bridleway, unless gaining access to a property, or in an emergency.
-Drivers must not stop or park within 10 metres of a junction, unless in an authorised space.
-New drivers must not get six penalty points on their licence within two years of passing their test. Those that do must take their theory and practical test again.
-If parking on the roadside at night drivers must not park facing agains the flow of traffic expect in a dedicated space.
-Vehicles towing a caravan or trailer on a motorway must not exceed 60mph.
-Drivers must not stop to set down and pick up passengers on school entrance markings.
-Children must use a car seat suitable for their weight, up until their 12th birthday, or until they reach 135cm tall – whichever comes first.
Under the new child car seat laws were introduced this year drivers can face fines between £100 to £500 for ‘unsuitable’ or wrongly fitted seats.
-It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
-It is illegal to not tell the DVLA of a medical condition, or disability, such as epilepsy, strokes, neurological and mental health conditions, physical disabilities and visual impairments.
Much like failing to inform the DVLA about an address change, you can face £1,000 fine and could be prosecuted if you have an accident.
Littering out of a car window carries a £75 fine
-Drivers must not throw anything out of a vehicle, including food and cigarette ends.
Drivers who litter can now face a fine of up to £75, von if they didn’t throw it themselves.
-You must not wait on single yellow lines, during the times stated.
-A rear-facing baby seat must not be used in a seat with an activated front airbag, as this could cause harm to the baby if it goes off.
Under the new child car seat laws introduced this year drivers can face fines between £100 to £500 for ‘unsuitable’ or wrongly fitted seats.
-Drivers must only flash their headlights to let other road users know they are there – not to convey other messages or intimidate people.
Some motorists may think they are big a good samaritan by warning others of an upcoming speed trap for example but you could land a fine for obstructing the police.
The maximum fine for obstructing a police officer is capped at £1,000.