UK motorists warned of £2,500 fine if they drive with a Christmas tree

British drivers are being warned they could face a fine of £2,500 and three penalty points on their driving license if they carry a Christmas tree in their car this holiday season.

According to a survey, more than a quarter of us will start decorating our homes for Christmas next week, with Christmas trees being the key to getting into the Christmas spirit for many of us.

However, Julie Daniels of Comparethemarket’s car insurance team has warned drivers to ensure they don’t put themselves at risk of a hefty fine if they pick up their tree this year.

Ms Daniels said: “Even though there are no laws specifically relating to the transport of a Christmas tree, drivers can still face fines or penalty points for driving with a tree or in their vehicle.

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“Regulation 100 of the Road Vehicles Regulations 1986 requires that all cargo be adequately secured to prevent it from falling or being blown off the vehicle – and if the police or even other witnesses believe a tree is unsafe or unsafe they might Drivers who do so face three penalty points or a fine of up to £2,500.

“Additionally, Regulation 30 clearly states that drivers must have a full view of the road ahead. So if the tree obscures this or causes damage that could affect the driver’s view of the road, they could be at risk of a £1000 fine or three penalty points.

“Even drivers who are not transporting a tree must be aware that they can be penalized because if a road user witnesses a Christmas tree causing an incident and does not stop or report it, they risk an unlimited fine or up to 10 penalty points.”

These are her top tips for driving safely with your Christmas tree this festive season:

  • Measure the tree to ensure it will fit securely in your vehicle without interfering with the steering wheel, shifter, turn signals, mirrors, or front and rear windshields.
  • If you must use a roof rack, tie the tree securely with ropes or bungee cords, making sure the stump faces the front of the car. It is important that none of the branches protrude and obstruct your view.
  • Finally, remember to slow down a little and be extra careful when braking to avoid sliding the tree and causing injury or damage. UK motorists warned of £2,500 fine if they drive with a Christmas tree

Fry Electronics Team

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