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Drivers in Christmas party outfits face £5,000 fine and nine points if festive clothes stop you from being able to drive


MOTORISTS could be face a whopping £5,000 fine for wearing their Christmas Party outfit behind the wheel.

There’s no law that says you can’t dress-up and drive, but motoring experts suggest that certain party outfits could impede your ability to drive, which could leave you with a hefty fine for Christmas.

Dressing up as Santa could leave you with a £5,000 fine and points on your license if the costume obstructs your ability to drive

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Dressing up as Santa could leave you with a £5,000 fine and points on your license if the costume obstructs your ability to driveCredit: Getty

With Christmas celebrations in full swing it is estimated that millions of Brits will be celebrating the festive season in style.

Internet searches for “Christmas outfit” have risen by 1,280% over the past 12 weeks, and with lockdown lifted for the holidays, the party season is in full swing.

But motoring experts at National Tyres and Autocare have urged those taking to the roads this festive season to be wary of what they’re wearing in case it lands them in trouble with the law.

Failure to have proper control of your vehicle could lead to a maximum fine of £5,000 and a discretionary disqualification and nine points on your licence. 

While not against the law, failing to wear the correct footwear while behind the wheel breaches Rule 97 of the Highway Code and could be classed as driving without due care and attention.

The Highway Code states: “You should ensure clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in any manner.”

Footwear such as high heels or boots can limit the movement of your ankles; shoes with a thick platform sole can impact the use of pedals, especially your vehicle’s clutch.

Inflatable fancy dress costumes are extremely popular, but trying to drive in one can seriously affect your visibility and your ability to handle your vehicle’s steering wheel and other controls.

Michael Bourne, Group Marketing Director at National Tyres and Autocare, said: “Driving in outfits that impact your driving ability could cause an accident.

“Any piece of clothing that impairs your vision or prevents you from using the car’s controls, could lead to a £5K fine and potentially three points on your licence.”

Brits are also warned to take care in their outfit choice as costumes or anything that can be deemed distracting to other drivers.

For example, a Santa outfit or sparkly clothing can be classed as ‘careless and inconsiderate driving’ according to The Highway Code.

If your outfit is deemed as careless or inconsiderate, it could lead to an unlimited fine and/or a discretionary disqualification and up to nine points on your licence. 

Michael said: “We recommend making sure your outfit doesn’t impact your driving ability as well as others, and if it does, take your outfit to the venue and then get changed there.”

‘MISTLETOE AND FINES’

Drivers are also being urged against singing and dancing in their car, as well as decorating it for Christmas.

According to the Highway Code, if you play your music too loud it could be classed as a distraction, leaving you with up to three points and a £100 fine.

Decorating your car can also lead to fines, and could even invalidate your insurance and result in driving bans.

Despite not being illegal, experts recommend lights, reindeer antlers, ribbons and tinsel should all be avoided inside and outside of your vehicle this Christmas.

If your view out of the windscreen is obscured, it can lead to three points and up to £1,000 in fines.

Fairy lights in your car can also be very dangerous and can confuse road users and cause collisions.

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