Drivers face a £2500 fine for following the car camping craze

DRIVERS are warned of a potential £2,500 fine for following a recent TikTok trend.

The #carcamping craze has now exceeded 176 million views on the social media platform as people look to convert their cars to sleep and save money amid the cost of living crisis.

There are potential fines for not following the Highway Code when car camping

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There are potential fines for not following the Highway Code when car camping

But GSF Car Parts warns that wild camping in their cars puts drivers at risk of trespassing, which could result in a fine of up to £2,500 or even three months in prison.

The laws differ depending on whether you are in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, wild camping is legal in most areas as long as you follow the rules of conduct set out in the Access Code.

Everywhere else, apart from parts of Dartmoor and the Lake District, you need permission from the landowner before you can park and spend the night.

Otherwise, there may be severe fines. You’ll likely be asked to move first, but if you don’t you’ll likely be fined around £200-300 as a first-time offender.

However, if you do not remove your vehicle from the area when requested, the landowner may take civil action against you.

If you continue to disturb or intimidate the landowner, you could be convicted of aggravated trespassing – a much more serious offense punishable by a fine of up to £2,500 or even three months in prison.

GSF’s Simon Moore said: “The most important thing to do before you set off is to make sure your vehicle is up to the task.

“As well as keeping the car in good condition, you should also check the weather and the terrain you will be driving in before your trip to make sure your car can withstand it.

“By keeping your car in good condition and personalizing the route to minimize problems, you should be able to have an enjoyable vacation.”

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