Wearing the wrong ones could land you a fine of up to £2,500!
Motorists in the UK are being warned ahead of the summer months about the type of sunglasses they might choose to wear whilst driving, as some could be illegal and land you with a hefty fine.
As the weather warms up, it’s inevitable that at some point most drivers will turn to a pair of sunglasses to help block out the suns rays from blinding them on a journey but wearing the wrong ones could see you in trouble with the law and may lead to a fine of up to £2,500.
According to the Highway Code, rule 237 states: “if you are dazzled by bright sunlight, slow down and if necessary, stop.”
In the Highway Code it also says sunglasses or tinted lenses should never be worn for driving at night, or when there’s poor visibility.
When it comes to sunglasses, there’s two main points to consider – how much light do they let in and how dark is the tint.
Sunglasses must in no way impair your visibility and must not be too darkly tinted. This means that drivers should stay away from Class 4/Category 4 sunglasses because they are only capable of filtering out between three and eight per cent of light.
The recommended sunglasses for safe daytime driving are Category 2 lenses, as they transmit between 18 and 43% of light.
“Filter category 4 lenses only transmit between 3 per cent and 8 per cent of light and are not suitable for driving at any time,” claims the AA, adding: “Sunglasses with these lenses should, by law, be labelled “Not suitable for driving and road use”.
If a driver ignores the Highway Code or becomes dazzled they could be punished for careless driving and be issued with an on-the-spot fine and three penalty points however, if the case goes to court the fine could rise to a whopping £2,500 and nine points on your licence.
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