EVER turned your driving licence over and wondered what the seemingly random collection of numbers mean? If not, you should and FAST because the secret codes could land you with a fine and penalty points if you're not careful. Listed under section 12 of the driving licence are "information codes" that relate to rules and regulations about what and how you can drive. The most common is "01", which relates to eyesight. Every driver, whatever size or class of vehicle, with a 01 restriction on the rear of their licence must always wear glasses or contact lenses if they have informed the DVLA they require them for driving. If you're stopped and police find you're not wearing glasses or contacts, you could be slapped with a £100 on-the-spot fine. Top 10 most common driving licence codes and what they mean01 - eyesight correction, for example glasses or contact lenses 02 - hearing/communication aid 40 - modified steering 101 - not for hire or reward (that is, not to make a profit) 105 - … [Read more...] about The secret codes on YOUR driving licence that could land you with a £1,000 fine and six penalty points
IT'S a well-known fact that it's near impossible to keep your eyes open when you sneeze. That poses a rather tricky issue for drivers suffering from a cold or hay fever who get the urge. It'll start with a twitch or sometimes come from nowhere but, either way, if you're on the motorway you'll blindly travel several metres while you recompose yourself afterwards. And should you have a crash in this time, police could claim you were driving without due care and attention. That carries a fine of up to £2,500 and between three and nine penalty points depending on how severe the case is. Cops will take an especially dim view if you're driving with a visible cold: red eyes, streaming nose and a chesty cough. Plus, if you're on tablets you could be leaving yourself open to a drug-driving charge - depending on medication. That's especially important to know for anyone on hay fever meds as the punishment for this is a minimum one year driving ban and unlimited fine. But if the … [Read more...] about Can SNEEZING while driving land you a hefty fine and penalty points – even if there’s nothing you can do?
DRIVERS could be hit with a fine and penalty points on their licence simply by reversing their car too far up the road. An investigation by The Sun Online has found motorists could potentially face a hefty penalty for simply driving backwards on residential streets. While there is a strict maximum £2,500 fine and three points for reversing on a motorway or main carriageway, the law for residential streets is left up to the interpretation of traffic cops. The Highway Code states that "you must not reverse your vehicle further than necessary", which is also backed up in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. Section 106 of the law says: "No person shall drive... a motor vehicle backwards on a road further than may be requisite for the safety or reasonable convenience of the occupants of the vehicle or other traffic." So if a police officer deems your reversing to be reckless or potentially dangerous to your passengers, pedestrians or other road users, you … [Read more...] about How this simple manoeuvre could land you a £100 fine and THREE penalty points
AS MANY as nine million British drivers could be risking a £1,000 fine and three penalty points for ignoring one of the most basic road laws. Disobeying traffic lights can carry harsh penalties for reckless motorists, but a recent study has found that a shocking number of Brits admit to running a red light. Conducted by uSwitch, the study revealed that 21 per cent of drivers had run a red light in the past year. Failing to comply with traffic lights usually carries a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 and three penalty points, but the offence can carry a fine up to ten times that if it is deemed more serious and goes to court. And the law isn't just being broken by motorists. Just over a quarter of cyclists also admitted to running a red light, putting themselves and other road users in danger. The study also found that drivers are regularly breaking basic road laws despite hefty new penalties. Around 62 per cent of drivers admitted to speeding in the last year, while one in six … [Read more...] about Nine million Brits risking fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points for ignoring one of the most basic road laws
BRITISH drivers could be stung by police for having a new MOT test carried out before their current certificate expires. Stricter MOT tests are coming in next month and motorists are being warned over fines of up to £2,500 for failing a test and continuing to drive their motor until the previous certificate runs out. Many drivers put their car in for an MOT early to find out if any faults need repairing, thinking they can still use the vehicle until the old test runs out despite any discovered issues. But if their car fails, it's immediately recorded on the national database as no longer road legal, regardless of how long the previous MOT's validity has remaining. Under new rules being introduced from May, problems will now be classed as dangerous, major and minor - with cars listed with a "dangerous" or "major" defect automatically failing the MOT. While "major" issues can still mean the car is safe to drive, "dangerous" motors should not be driven at all. Either way, cops can … [Read more...] about The MOT loophole that can get you a £2,500 fine and three penalty points as tough rule changes come in to force next month