With the imminent introduction of a new motoring law to deal with motorists who drive while under the influence of illegal drugs, campervan drivers may be surprised to know that quite a number of other motoring laws, that they may not be aware of, could cause them to pick up points on their licence and lead to more expensive campervan insurance quotes.
The new law for instance will be targeted at drivers using illegal drugs and the new “drugalyser” will be designed to pick up traces of about a dozen of these. However, a motorist using prescription drugs that cause his driving capabilities to be impaired can still be breaking the law and could be charged under several different laws. It is the same with eating and drinking, many people eat sweets or suck mints when driving but is it legal? In a case earlier this week one van driver was charged with not being in proper control of his vehicle after police officers noticed him eating what the driver described as a chocolate teacake, which suggests that drivers must be careful of eating anything in their vehicles at the moment especially with the proliferation of CCTV cameras in our towns and cities.
Even warning a fellow motorist about a speed trap by flashing your lights can get you in trouble, as a Lincolnshire motorist discovered, and don’t think it is safe to pull over to the side of the road to make a call from your mobile phone, one campervan driver in Cornwall did just that but found himself with a fine and points on his licence because he had not turned the ignition off. In the same vein sounding your car horn is illegal when your vehicle is stationery and how many grandparents are aware that carrying a babe in arms in a vehicle is also illegal.
Speaking about the more obscure motoring laws and regulations, Natali Farrell, a solicitor working for Just Motor Law, said “It is useful for motorists to refresh themselves of the law by re-reading the Highway Code to avoid some of the myths. Knowing the law can help a motorist avoid breaking it. Some offences are less clear-cut than say, speeding, and open to interpretation, which means there may be scope to challenge on several grounds.”