Research has recently put together the top seven driving regulations that are likely to be forgotten by motorists on the road. And, with tradesmen driving regularly to and from site, Leasevan.co.uk has issued a warning for them to be careful.
First up, renewing your driving licence was one of the top things that is often forgotten by workers. Only needing to be done every ten years, it can be easily forgotten. However, if not done, it can result in a hefty fine of £1,000!
Road tax was another thing found to be forgotten by drivers. With getting rid of the tax disks back in 2014, it has become harder for people to remember their renewal date. However, forgetting to renew your road tax could also result in another big fine of up to £1,000!
Registering vehicles off road is another one. Whilst not having to pay road tax or insurance, it is important that the vehicle is registered for Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). If not, and your vehicle is kept off the road, you could receive an automatic fine of £80. And, if you then drive the vehicle on a public road (aside from driving it to and from an MOT) you could be prosecuted and fined up to £2,500.
Vehicles must also be registered as SORN if it isn’t insured or taxed either.
Not insuring an off-road vehicle though is another issue. Whilst most of us remember to insure our vehicles, many don’t realise that the same needs to be done for vehicles that are being kept off the road too. Of course, if registered as SORN, the vehicle does not need to be taxed or insured. However, if not registered for this, the vehicle needs to be insured, even if it is being kept off the road. If not, this could result in a fixed penalty charge of £100. But that’s not all, you could also receive a court prosecution too with a fine of £1,000 and your vehicle clamped or even destroyed.
Driving without an MOT certificate. This is one of the most forgotten rules amongst drivers and could land you a fine of up to £1,000. You are able to drive a vehicle without an MOT if it is directly to the test centre. However, you must ensure that you make no stops along the way in order to avoid receiving a fine!
Renewing a lorry license is also commonly forgotten. Specifically, drivers aged over 45 need to renew their license every five years. And, for those aged over 65, they need to be renewed annually.
Seatbelt offences are one of the biggest offences though. Of course, there are certain situations where you don’t need to wear a seatbelt, such as when reversing. However, more generally speaking, not wearing a seatbelt can result in facing a fine of up to £500.
So what do you think of this? Have you been caught out by any other fines? Let us know in the comments below.