British drivers are warned of a possible £5,000 fine if their summer outfit limits their ability to get behind the wheel.
aBern weather warning Extreme heat has been reported across much of the UK ahead of further rising temperatures this week.
The rare alert was first issued last July. It says there might be risk of death or potential serious illness as a result of the scorching temperatures.
Other problems could include road closures and delays or cancellations of train and air travel.
To keep warm, many Britons opt for lighter clothing and shoes.
car experts at National Tires and Autocare have urged those taking to the streets this summer to be careful about what they wear in case it gets them in trouble with the law.
What the law says about driving with unsuitable footwear
While not technically against the law, not wearing the correct footwear behind the wheel violates Rule 97 of the Highway Code and could be categorized as driving without due care and attention. The Highway Code states: “You should ensure that clothing and shoes do not in any way prevent you from using the controls.”
Shoes such as heels or boots can limit the movement of your ankles; Shoes with a thick platform sole can interfere with the use of pedals, especially your vehicle’s clutch.
Failure to properly inspect your vehicle may result in a maximum penalty of £5,000 and/or disqualification at your discretion and nine points on your driving licence.
Warning to British drivers
Michael Bourne, Group Marketing Director at National Tires and Autocare said: “Driving in outfits that affect your ability to drive could cause an accident.
“Any piece of clothing that obstructs your vision or prevents you from using the car’s controls can result in a £5,000 fine and potentially three points on your driving licence.”
If your outfit is found to be negligent or reckless, it may result in an unlimited fine and/or disqualification at your discretion and 3 – 9 points on your license.
Michael continues, “We recommend making sure your outfit doesn’t interfere with your ability to drive or others, and if this is the case, take your outfit to the venue and change there.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20272301.highway-code-uk-drivers-face-5-000-fine-footwear-amid-uk-heatwave/?ref=rss Highway Code: UK drivers could face a £5,000 fine for their shoes amid the UK heatwave