Angry or angry drivers who honk their horns in traffic for 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. When driving in built-up areas between 11:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., you MUST NOT honk while stationary on the road, unless another road user is a hazard.”
Police can fine drivers for illegally using a car horn, which means a fixed £30 fine in most cases.
However, should a driver challenge the decision in court and lose, they could face the prospect of a fine of up to £1,000.
Municipalities can also take action against the illegal use of car horns using noise abatement laws.
A council can contact anyone who causes excessive noise pollution and breaks the law, including using car horns.
If nothing changes and the noise persists, the municipality can issue a reduction notice.
Failure to do so can result in a maximum fine of £5,000 for residential and £20,000 for commercial premises.
Research from 2018 found that only 38 percent of motorists were aware of the horn rules.
At the time, Philip Ward, the managing director of Warranty Direct, urged drivers to brush up on their knowledge of the rules of the road.
He said: “Our latest survey shows that there is a strong need for UK drivers to refresh their knowledge of driving laws.
“The results suggest that many errors could be due to ignorance of the relevant laws, which can easily be corrected.
“We recommend all unsafe drivers to read the road traffic regulations again to avoid dangerous situations on the road.”
In another little-known highway code, drivers should only flash their headlights to let other road users know they are there, and not be used to intimidate others or to convey any other message.
The Highway Code warns motorists: “Never assume that flashing headlights are a signal telling you to move on.
“Use your own judgment and tread carefully.”
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