Night-time parking – £1,000 fine
Rule 248 in the Highway Code states: “You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
This is because when a car is parked against that traffic flow, there’s no indication to catch the headlights of an approaching vehicle, and therefore, your car may be a potential hazard.
Unrestrained pets – £5,000 fine
Rule 57 in the Highway Code states: “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 isn’t a direct penalty for unrestrained pets, motorists could be charged for driving without due care if distracted – and that’s why it’s important to restrain them properly.