Driving with a Pet in the Car in the UK Could End With a 5,000 Pound Fine

by admin on November 12, 2018

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In the UK, most drivers are completely unaware that driving with an unrestrained pet in the car could land them a hefty fine of up to 5,000 pounds.

The reason? Well, not restraining a pet while driving violates Rule 57 of the UK Highway Code:

“When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

While there are no penalties in UK law that directly punish abusers of the Highway Code, due to the language of the code, drives could be punished by police officers for driving without due care and attention thanks to their unrestrained furry friend.

Additionally, UK drivers don’t realize that driving with their cat or dog in the car could also invalidate their insurance coverage should an accident occur.

Read the full story here.

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