BRITS could be fined £5,000 for stopping traffic with caravans while thousands flee this weekend.
Those who go out with their RVs on the holidays can be penalized for their large vehicles.
According to the leading insurance company for agricultural vehicles Quotezone.co.ukthe police will pay particular attention to the road traffic regulations over Easter.
Rule 169 states that road users must not form or hold up long traffic queues – which could prove difficult on such a busy weekend.
The rule pays particular attention to drivers of large or slow vehicles such as caravans or tractors.
Congestion could see drivers slapped with 3-9 points on their license and a hefty fine of up to £5,000.
Brits traveling with motorhomes, trailers and horseboxes need to stay alert and know how their extra load is affecting other cars.
If you find yourself forming significant queues due to your extra load, stop when it’s safe and let the traffic pass you by.
The Highway Code and the police use this protocol because slow movements can cause other motorists to make dangerous maneuvers to try to get past larger vehicles.
But by regularly checking your mirrors and showing reasonable consideration for road users, you should avoid prosecution.
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For drivers attempting to overtake a large vehicle, it is best to take the time to prepare your maneuver and read the road.
Make sure there is enough space to overtake as it will inevitably take longer to pass a larger vehicle.
If you doubt the security of the move, avoid it.
Drivers should not assume that they can follow a driver who is already overtaking a large vehicle, as there may be other traffic ahead.
Greg Wilson, founder of Quotezone.co.uk, said: “Congestion could become more frequent and prolonged as holidaymakers shun international trips due to chaos and cancellations at airports and ports – with the addition of mass work on rail technology bringing alternative modes of transport closer exclude themselves homeland.
“Farmers are incredibly busy and it’s not always possible to stop, but it’s really important to be as safe as possible on the roads and also to protect finances.
“Penalty points could see insurance premiums go up by as much as 25% for 6 points – given that tractor insurance can be quite expensive, it’s not worth the financial risk, or potentially losing a driver’s license, if the new penalties increase the total score to more than 12.”
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