Flashing Your Headlights Could Land You With A £1000 Fine


Flashing your headlights in order to warn other drivers of a speed trap on the road ahead could now land you with a £1000 fine if you’re caught by the boys in blue.

Drivers are told that they should to use their headlights ‘only to let other road users know that you are there’, and not to attempt ‘to convey any other message’ as part of the highway code.

According to the Department of Transport, this means that flashing your headlights to warn of a speed camera or roadside police speed check is in breach of rules 110 and 111 of the Code.

Such an act would be a breach of section 89 of the Police Act 1997, which dictates that it is an offence to ‘wilfully obstruct a constable in the execution of his/her duty’.

The offence is punishable with a fine of up to £1000, or a maximum of one month’s imprisonment.

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This isn’t the only thing that drivers need to remember to swerve, back in March it emerged that drivers across Britain who park on kerbs and pavements could be on their way to a £70 fine.

The Local Government Association (LGA) is urging the Government to spread the law beyond the capital, which outlawed it in 1974.

LGA spokesperson, Martin Tett, said: “Local authorities need this power to respond to concerns raised by their communities, for example if a street is becoming dangerously congested or pedestrians are being forced to step out into the street to get round parked vehicles.

“This is particularly dangerous for blind or partially sighted people and mums and dads with prams.”

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Charity, Living Streets, is also hoping to make the ban nationwide.

The organisation says: “Pavements are for people to walk on.

“Vehicles parked on the footway can cause an obstruction and inhibit the independence of many vulnerable people, especially older or disabled people with visual or mobility impairments.

“And when pedestrians, for example families with pushchairs, are forced into the road and into oncoming traffic, pavement parking is simply dangerous.

“Pavements are not designed to carry the weight of vehicles, and the added maintenance cost of repairing cracked and damaged paving adds an unnecessary financial burden to already cash-strapped councils.

“We should all be able to walk on pavements without worrying about vehicles blocking our way.

“That’s why Living Streets is calling for UK-wide action on pavement parking.”

I’m just thinking about how much of a game-changer this is for kids playing kerby.

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