The short-term car insurer Veygo has warned drivers of getting behind the wheel in full costume as it could land them with a fine of £1,000 or even a driving ban
Motorists have been warned of driving in Halloween costumes this week as it could potentially see them face a fine of £1,000 – or even more.
Millions of Brits enjoy the spooky season every year with many getting into the spirit by dressing up for the occasion. However, the short-term car insurer Veygo has warned drivers of getting behind the wheel in full costume.
James Armstrong, CEO of Veygo said: “Getting dressed up for a Halloween party is half the fun, but getting behind the wheel to go to one in-costume may be more frightening for your bank balance and licence points, as many outfits will contradict Highway Code laws and compromise motorist safety.”
James recommends drivers who are travelling to a Halloween event to change into their customers once they arrive. Rule 97 of the Highway Code says that drivers must ensure their clothing and footwear do not hinder their ability to use vehicle controls correctly.
This could see you landed with a £1,000 fine and three penalty points, or even a discretionary disqualification in some instances.
James added: “So if you’re rocking the latest Dead Barbie trend with killer high heels, be mindful that it might hinder your braking skills. Oversized Frankenstein shoes can also lead to pedal confusion too. And it’s not just about footwear; make sure you can comfortably sit in the driver’s seat and buckle up correctly.
“Beware of excessively bulky clothing like traditional pumpkin costumes that might mess with your seatbelt’s functionality.”
James also noted that drivers should also avoid coloured contact lenses for their journey to a Halloween party. This is because they can obscure peripheral vision, and move around in the eye, which could cause dangerous driving, or worse, an accident.
James added: “Dangerous driving comes with an unlimited fine and potentially two years’ imprisonment and driving disqualification. Whether you’re going for a skeleton, Pennywise clown, or zombie look, wait till you have reached your destination before you complete your costume with contact lenses. Stay safe and dress wisely on the road.”
Drivers are also warned of decorate their cars for the occasion too. If drivers want to add something like spiderwebs to their dashboard, their mirrors, or even back window, then they need to make sure they can still see the road and their surroundings at all times.
Under Regulation 30 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, drivers must keep all glass clear of obstruction. If you are found to have an obstructed view of the road, you could be fined £1,000 and get three points on your licence.
Also decorating your number plate with fake blood, spiderwebs, stickers or anything else may not be a good idea this Halloween. If your car has a dirty, unclear or illegible licence plate again you could potentially be landed with a £1,000 penalty and 3 points.
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