A massive 62.8 percent of motorists said they had committed one or more offences on a shocking list provided by the Department for Transport (DfT). Offences motorists admitted to breaking included common and well-known dangerous driving laws such as speeding and drink driving. However, the Department for Transport data also shifted focus on offences Britons may not be aware of such as eating while at the wheel and playing music too loudly. Drinking non-alcoholic beverages even if they had no alcohol in them was also revealed as a driving offence by the DfT.
Swearing or gesturing to other road users was also highlighted as an offence, while motorists can also be stopped for driving with snow on the roof of their car.
Over half of drivers said they admitted to playing music too loudly during their car journey despite devastating consequences for doing so.
A massive 58 percent of those surveyed said they regularly played loud music when in their cars.
Drivers could be warned if the music is deemed to be excessively loud, but officials could seize the car under section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
The Act states a police officer can warn a motorist to turn the volume down if the stereo is loud but ignoring the warming could lead to a car being seized.
A staggering 48.8 percent of drivers revealed they regularly eat while at the wheel and a further 40 percent said they drink non-alcoholic drinks frequently.
Over one in three drivers surveyed said they would be happy to park their car in a pavement even if it meant potentially blocking a walkway.
Pavement parking is illegal in London and those caught can be slapped with a £70 fine. There are even calls from some politicans to extend the ban across the entire nation to avoid regional confusion.
The survey of 1,000 UK adults and conducted by ZenAuto aimed to reveal how often drivers break laws they were not aware even existed.
Vicky Kerridge, Head of Consumer Experience at ZenAuto said: “As our research shows, many British drivers admit to breaking a law or two at some point during their time on the road, however, intentional ort not, it’s more than just the points or fine that you could be landed with.
“Safe driving is something we’re keen to propose so our best advice to you is to put that coffee down, make sure the volume isn’t too loud and put all your focus on your actions and the road ahead.”
Despite this, they also shockingly found drivers often break common road laws that could have dangerous consequences.
A whopping 37.5 percent of Generation Z road users said they knowingly drive over the drink-drive limit, even if it’s just by a single drink.
One-fifth of millennials also said they are often distracted from the road because they are applying makeup while at the wheel of a car.
The offences listed mostly fall under committing careless driving charge. This means a motorist is driving without reasonable consideration of other road users.
Drivers will usually be dealt with under a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice but drivers who fail to comply with requests could be charged more.
The maximum penalty stands at £5,000 and between three to nine penalty points on a driving licence depending on the severity of the offence.
Express.co.uk have contacted the Department for Transport for comment.
Published at Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:01:00 +0000