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Strange UK Driving laws

This blog post explains some of the UK driving laws that you may not be aware existed.

You cannot use your phone to pay at a drive-through.

Driving laws are in place which do not allow holding or using a mobile phone when in control of a motor vehicle.  As going through a drive-through is still classed as being behind the wheel this is considered against the law.

Drive through

You cannot splash people with puddles on purpose. 

Although you may see this as a funny joke between friends, you should not do this. You can find yourself with a fine and penalty points on your license. 

splashing with a puddle

You cannot beg others for change for a parking meter. 

Begging others for change can lead to a charge under the Vagrancy Act 1824, this makes begging for change no matter what the situation illegal. It is important to keep change at hand so that if you are faced with this situation you will be able to pay the meter. 

Pay and display - Wikipedia

Failing to clear snow. 

You may feel reluctant to clear snow away before making your journey to work in the morning, especially if it is cold outside. You may want to get in your car as quickly as possible to warm up. Even if you do clear the snow off of your windscreen and blind spots, many people forget the roof. Forgetting the snow on your roof, based on driving laws can land you a £60 fine and 3 penalty points. As leaving the snow on your roof can cause accidents for other road users, behind.  

Snow on car

Warning other drivers of speed cameras. 

Whilst you may feel that you are doing a good deed, you are putting yourself at risk of getting a fine. Flashing your lights at the oncoming vehicles as a warning is classed as obstructing police of their duties. You can be fined up to £1000 for doing this, based on driving laws. 

speed camera

Failing to restrain a pet. 

Even if you have a small pet that can be held, such as a Chihuahua, although they are small enough to be held on a person’s lap, you still need to use correct restraints. The correct restraints include a seat belt harness, dog cage, or pet carrier. You could receive a £5000 fine and 9 penalty points on your driving license. 

Pet restraint

 

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