Drivers warned you could be fined for breaking unusual parking rules without knowing it

THIS forgotten rule could get you in trouble when parking your car at night.

Motorists could be hit with a fixed fee of up to £75 for not doing this one thing.

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When parking on a street or rest area with a speed limit in excess of 30 miles per hour, drivers must park with their headlights on to avoid breaking the law.

Leaving these parking lights on all night allows other vehicles to see where your car is parked on poorly lit streets.

The much-ignored provision of the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 could land you an unacceptable fixed amount notice from the police.

This could cost you between £35 and £75, according to the RAC.

You’re most likely to catch stretches of road leading into towns and cities where the speed limit is 40 or 50 mph and there are no streetlights.

Road law also dictates that drivers keep these little parking lights on when parking anywhere in the fog.

The parking lights are usually located next to the headlights in the front corners of a car and have their own switch location on the dashboard on most engines.

If you’re running at a much lower wattage than your regular headlights, you should be able to leave the parking lights on all night without draining the battery.

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An RAC spokesman said: “For many drivers, their knowledge of the laws and rules relating to parking and the use of parking lights is sketchy at best, if not non-existent.

“The law states that you should use your side or parking lights when parking in the hours of darkness on any street with a speed limit above 30mph.

“Failure to comply can result in an unacceptable offense and a fine of up to £75.

“The law on the use of parking lights is minimally enforced.

“We would like to encourage motorists to use common sense when parking in unfamiliar places or areas and to use their parking lights where they think they are warning other drivers, particularly in fog – or alternatively park elsewhere.

“Many drivers worry that leaving these lights on will quickly drain their battery, and some modern vehicles do not allow them to be left on at all when the vehicle is locked.”

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And that’s not the only bizarre rule that might get you in hot water.

Drivers could be fined up to £2,500 or even up to three months in prison for parking a vehicle on a private residential street for too long.

Under Section 2 of the Waste Disposal Act 1978, anyone leaving a vehicle or parts of a vehicle outside on roads or property may be subject to a fine or prosecution by the authorities.

And that also applies to private properties and private roads.

Similarly, angry drivers who honk their horns in traffic when they see red with road rage could be slapped with a hefty £1,000 fine.

A car’s horn is designed to warn or warn another driver of your presence, not for aggressive purposes.

Rule 112 of the Road Traffic Act states: “The horn. Only use it when your vehicle is moving and you need to warn other road users of your presence.

“Never honk aggressively. You must NOT sound your horn while stationary on the road when driving in urban areas between 11:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. unless another road user poses a hazard.”

Police can fine drivers for illegally using a car horn, which means a fixed £30 fine in most cases. Drivers warned you could be fined for breaking unusual parking rules without knowing it

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