MOTORISTS are being warned of a common driving mistake that could cost them £2,500 in fines at Christmas.
In the face of the cost-of-living crisis, many drivers are considering offering rides to friends to earn some extra cash on the side.
Surprisingly, it’s also common among strangers.
There are hundreds of Facebook groups set up for organizing lifts in UK cities.
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People usually offer a ride home to others in the area for a cheaper price than a taxi.
However, it may be illegal to ride for money, even if you know the person.
car experts at Veygo have warned drivers and partygoers this holiday season.
James Armstrong, CEO of Veygo, said: “Under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, what is known as ‘taxi taunting’, whereby an unregistered vehicle is used as a taxi in a public place to carry passengers for money, is illegal .
“If you are caught by the police that is a Level 4 offense. You could be fined £2,500 if found guilty.
“This would apply to any driver using their private vehicle essentially as a taxi service, making a profit and not holding the necessary taxi licences.
“It has to be organized in advance and the money you take from the passengers should never be more than the running costs, such as. B. Fuel.
“To ensure you don’t profit from your courtesy, you can use carpooling apps like Liftshare to calculate the suggested price per passenger of the ride.
“This takes into account the mileage of your trip and uses the Mileage Payment Allowance Approved by HM Revenue and Customs.”
According to the Association of British Insurersyour insurance will not be affected if your passengers contribute to your fare as long as ridesharing is offered in a vehicle with eight or fewer seats.
If you’re using apps like BlaBlaCar or GoCarShare, you should also check your insurance company’s terms and conditions.
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