Drivers could be fined thousands for wearing too baggy jeans – Highway Code rule

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Motorists have been warned about wearing everyday items that could land them in trouble with the police if caught. Currently, a driver who is found wearing inappropriate clothing that could restrict manoeuvring can face on-the-spot fines of £100 plus three penalty points.

However, these fines can increase to £5,000 plus nine penalty points and even a driving ban if the case is taken to court.

Aside from DVLA scams, drivers are being urged to familiarise themselves with part of rule 97 in the Highway Code.

The rule states drivers must have “footwear and clothing which does not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.”

As a result, motorists have been warned by experts not to wear jeans that are too baggy.

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Open-back slippers are considered unsafe footwear because the driver’s feet could slip out when using the pedals.

Chunky boots

These might look ideal but oversized boots or chunky shoes can result in the driver touching more than one pedal at once.

Mr Grier recommended choosing footwear that is “narrow enough” to touch pedals individually.

Sunglasses with too dark lenses or chunky frames

While sunglasses are an essential eye protection accessory, some styles can restrict vision while driving.

For instance, some lenses might be tinted too dark and restrict daylight vision on the road.

Additionally, bulky frames can cause a blind spot, so drivers have been advised to test them out first or stick to using just the built-in car sun visors


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