Forgetfulness could cost you deeply in motoring fines

By simply forgetting to ‘clunk click’ every trip could result in a £500 fine

If a driver makes a mistake on UK roads they know it could lead to a fine and/or points on their licence but many motorists forget a number of other driving responsibilities that could see them punished in a huge way.
A recent study found a staggering 7 occurrences where a driver could be hit with a hefty fine of up to £2,500 simply because they’ve forgotten.
If you plan to keep your vehicle off the road for a while for whatever reason, then you must declare it SORN. The penalty for driving a SORN vehicle is an £80 fixed penalty notice but this could rise to £2,500 if the case ends up in court.
If however the car is booked in for an MoT test and you’re just driving it to the centre this will be acceptable to the police if proven.

By simply forgetting to 'clunk click' every trip could result in a £500 fine

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If you’re keeping a car off the road but it isn’t SORN then you must ensure the car is taxed and insured or you could be hit with a £100 fixed penalty notice, or a £1,000 fine if it goes to court.
Motorists could also find themselves in hot water if they forget to renew their driving license. Every 10 years drivers must renew their photo-card licence, however drivers aged 65 or over must renew their licence every year. Failing to do so could result in a fine of £1,000 for drivers of all ages.
If you drive a bus, minibus or lorry and you’re aged 45 or over then you must renew your licence every five years or face a £1,000 fine.
Many motorists forget to renew their MoT certificate and road tax but did you know that a £1,000 fine could be handed out if caught without either?
Since the paper tax disc was abolished back in October 2014, many drivers forget to renew their road tax. The DVLA have now set up a text reminder service but you must register to be able to receive them.
If you’re on the way for an MoT test and can prove if then you should be okay but if your car fails its MoT before the expiry date on your current certificate, you could end up being fined a huge £2,500 because of a loophole in the law.
Any driver who doesn’t make sure to ‘clunk click’ every trip could find themselves in trouble with the law. You could be handed a fine of up to £500 if you get caught without your seatbelt on.
You could also be hit with a similar fine if you allow a child under the age of 14 to travel in the car without a seatbelt on or not in the correct car seat.
However, if you’re aged 14 years or over and the police discover you’re not wearing a seatbelt, you could be personally fined.
It’s important that drivers remember to keep up-to-date with all paperwork and motoring responsibilities to avoid huge fines – saying ‘sorry, I forgot’ isn’t an excuse that many police officers will listen to.
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