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Motorists may be caught out by 10 little known driving rules from parking to number plates


There are over 300 rules in the Highway Code with Vanarama claiming it is “almost impossible” road users will be able to remember every single one. Simply leaving a car in a dangerous position forgetting to clean your number plates or warning other drivers of a speed limit change could all see road users issued fines.

Night-time parking

Rule 248 of the Highway Code confirms vehicles “must not” be parked at the side of the road facing against the direction of traffic.

This is only allowed if road users are in designated and recognised parking spaces.

Breaking the rule can have dangerous consequences with a possible £1,000 fine on the table for any rule breakers.

Leaving your engine running

Drivers could be issued up to £80 fine for leaving their engine running unnecessarily while stationary.

Charges can fall to £20 if you break the rule outside London and police officers ar likely to ask you politely first before enforcing charges

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Dirty number plates

Number plates must be readable at all times so police can pick up your reg details on Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras.

Drivers whose plates are obscured by dirt, mud or even snow can face fines of up to £1,000 in a major blow.

Refusing an eye test

Under Section 96 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 police officers can ask you to submit an eyesight test.

This can be used if police officers have a suspicion you are driving without a clear vision of the road which could be a safety risk.


Driving with unrestrained pets

An unrestrained pet puts drivers at risk of distractions which can lead to accidents.

Police officers are likely to claim you were driving without care and attention which can lead to a £200 fine and between three and nine points on a licence.

Play street offences

Drivers can be issued two points on their driving licence when a vehicle is driven on a road which has been designated for play.

These points will remain on a driver’s record for four years from the date of the offence but can be easily broken if road users are new to an area and not aware of the rules.


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