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How driving in flip flops can get you a £5,000 fine, NINE penalty points and a ban from the road

SLIDERS became very popular especially among young adults to wear regularly throughout the day.

People should beware though because if you are caught riding in flip flops or sliders you could be fined.

If you cause an accident while wearing flip flops or sliders, you could be in big trouble

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If you cause an accident while wearing flip flops or sliders, you could be in big troublePhoto credit: Getty – Contributor

While riding in flip flops or sliders is not, per se, illegalWearing them can lead to a charge of negligent driving if they impair your ability to drive.

Rule 97 of the Highway Code recommends that drivers “wear shoes and clothing that do not prevent you from using the controls in a correct manner”.

Flip-flops could slip off, get caught under the pedals, or prevent you from pedaling with enough force to brake quickly, which could cause you to ride erratically or even lead to a collision.

If you are stopped by the police while driving potentially dangerously, or if your shoes are a cause of an accident, you can be charged with careless driving (negligent driving).

Careless driving will result in a fine of £100 and three penalty points on your driving licence.

But in more serious cases, or those contested in court, charges can carry a maximum fine of £5,000, up to nine penalty points and even a court-ordered driving ban.

A study by insurance brand ingenie previously found that 27 percent of drivers could risk this penalty if they shed their shoes in favor of flip-flops behind the wheel.

And despite the large number of Britons taking the risk in warm weather, around one in three actually believed it was illegal to drive in loose-fitting shoes.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, told Sun Motors: “Before you set off you should make sure that clothing and shoes do not prevent you from using the controls properly.

“If flip-flops prevent you from maintaining control, you could be prosecuted for breaking Highway Rule 97.

“Inadvertent driving is primarily judged by the impact your driving has on others around you. So if you’re spotted erratic swerving or braking and then stop and realize you have inadequate footwear, you could be prosecuted.

“If you cause an accident, that could also be an aggravating factor against you in court and result in a slightly larger fine or a longer ban.”

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Selim Cavanagh, chief executive at ingenie, said: “It’s encouraging that almost a third of motorists assume that driving in flip-flops is illegal because it’s genuinely dangerous.

“They slip, slide under the pedals, get caught between your feet and the pedals and when your feet are wet they affect your ability to brake when you need to.

“Apart from the actual rules, riding in flip-flops can create a dangerous driving environment and endanger you, your passengers and other road users.”

https://www.thesun.ie/motors/2896123/driving-flip-flops-5000-fine-sliders/ How driving in flip flops can get you a £5,000 fine, NINE penalty points and a ban from the road

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