Revealed: Britain’s concerning knowledge gap of everyday motoring laws

Written by Ellie

A significant number of British motorists are unwittingly breaking many recently introduced motoring laws and running the risk of incurring a fine, points on their licence or even having their vehicle confiscated.

Out of the 200 motorists quizzed by Allianz Global Assistance, 61 per cent of them weren’t aware that the rules surrounding babies and children in cars changed in 2017.

Additionally, they didn’t know that they could be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt.

Every motorist knows that exceeding the speed limit is illegal, but almost two-thirds (64 per cent) weren’t aware that driving too slowly is deemed as ‘careless driving’, potentially earning them a fine and up to nine points on their licence.

More than one in four (27 per cent) admitted to ‘middle lane hogging’ despite one in three knowing that it’s illegal, with a minimum £100 fine attached and up to three licence points.

Two in five admitted to swearing at other road users and if caught using offensive language, verbally or by using gestures, a driver could be fined up to 75 per cent of their weekly income.

Mobile phone technology means that an increasing number of people are using their phone as a contactless payment card, but doing this from behind the wheel of a vehicle is technically illegal.

Almost three-quarters of drivers didn’t know that paying at a toll road with their smartphone counts as using a phone behind the wheel and if caught, they could earn a minimum £200 fine or receive up to six licence points.

Motorists can also be penalised for eating, drinking or putting on a spot of makeup at the lights as it is considered ‘careless driving’, carrying up to nine licence points. Nearly half (49 per cent) of respondents admitted to these activities while driving.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, commented: “This survey makes it clear that many motorists either overlook or don’t know about certain laws.

“We advise all drivers to make the time to refresh their knowledge of UK driving laws – it could be a costly and painful lesson otherwise.”

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Posted on 30th April 2018

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