You can now be fined £5,000 for singing too loudly in your car
Drivers are being warned that singing while driving could land them a hefty fine if not done with care, as well as if they are caught playing music at extreme volumes.
People who enjoy singing in their cars could be hit with a £5,000 fine for “carelessness”.
This comes after drivers have repeatedly been warned that playing music at an extreme volume could earn them a fine for causing noise pollution.
Singing your favorite songs could land you charges for carelessness or even dangerous driving.
And if these activities cause you to get involved in an accident you can get nine points on your license and a fine of £5,000.
Drivers have also been cautioned that going overboard with trifle could get them to fail a drunk driving test.
Hire firm Select Car Leasing is warning people against this and told football fans that they need to be especially careful when their team scores a goal.
Director Mark Tongue said:
“Listening to music in your car is one thing, but if you’re singing loudly, dancing in your seat and generally getting into the groove, then you’re at risk of being distracted from the job at hand – which is keeping your eyes on the road.
“If there’s evidence – either dashcam footage or testimony from a police officer – that you were dancing and singing prior to an accident, you could ultimately be prosecuted for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention.
“And the penalties can be severe – up to a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence in the most serious of circumstances.
“You’ve also got to consider the implications of having your music too loud.
“If you’re drowned in sound, you may not be able to hear emergency vehicles approaching or other drivers’ warning horns.
“Meanwhile football supporters also need to be wary. If you’re going wild in your car celebrating a goal, you’re not paying attention to the traffic around you.”
Criminal specialist and motoring solicitor for David Gray Solicitors LLP, Sophie Allinson expanded:
“The police could choose to prosecute you if the way you listened to music caused a distraction as you drove.
“If it prevents you from driving with due care and attention, it could end in prosecution, and that includes singing or dancing at the wheel.
“As a motorist, you have to know what’s going on around you at all times.”
In the city of Bradford, a new trial could see drivers penalized for music played at overly-high volumes.
The city council’s latest Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will give officers the right to fine drivers £100 for anti-social vehicle use.
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