Driving in your Halloween costume could land you with £5k fine and driving ban

Halloween is quickly approaching and many people will be busy planning their costumes for the spooky season.

But those planning on driving to a Halloween party this month could be in with a scare, with a motorist expert warning drivers of hefty fines.

James Armstrong, CEO at insurance company Veygo has issued a warning to drivers this Halloween, revealing that getting behind the wheel in your costume could cost you up to £5,000, and even a potential driving ban.

Veygo is encouraging drivers to consider how a costume could impact their ability to drive and is urging them to follow their advice to avoid big fines and points on your licence.

Here's what you need to know about driving in your Halloween costume.

Why can you be fined for driving in your Halloween costume?

Driving in your Halloween costume could put you at risk of breaking multiple rules in the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Veygo CEO, James Armstrong, has explained all the reasons why you might get caught out, as well as how to avoid being fined.

Restricting your movement

The first reason that you could face a fine for driving in your Halloween costume is by restricting your movement while driving.

There are lots of Halloween costumes that are going to change how you can move in your car, from gloves that can loosen the grip on your wheel, to long dresses that can get caught in the pedals.

James warns that you could be breaking Rule 97 of the Highway code and explained that his could lead to serious repercussions.

He said: "If you’re caught breaking Rule 97 of the Highway Code, which states drivers must ensure their clothing and footwear don't prevent them from correctly using controls, you could be fined an initial £100 fine and three penalty points for careless driving.

"But if the incident goes to court, you could face a £5,000 fine, nine points and a driving ban.

He added: "To be safe, put your outfit in the boot and change into it when you get to the party."

Limiting your eyesight

The next reason that you could be fined while wearing your Halloween costume comes down to limiting your eyesight.

Scary masks, tinted glasses and creepy contact lenses are all popular at Halloween, but they can restrict your ability to see the road properly and this is a danger to both yourself and other road users.

James explains that Halloween costumes can also break Rule 92 and Rule 94 of the highway code, he said: "According to Rule 92, drivers must be able to read a vehicle number plate, in good daylight, from a distance of 20 metres.

"Meanwhile, Rule 94 says that at night or in poor visibility, drivers shouldn't use tinted glasses, lenses or visors if they restrict their vision.

"Therefore, wearing anything that limits your eyesight could result in a charge for 'failure to have proper control of the vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead' and a £1,000 fine or three points on your licence."

Spooking other drivers

Finally, James warns that you can also get in trouble for spooking other drivers if you wear your costume while driving.

While having the scariest costume possible is a goal for many on Halloween, other drivers might not be expecting to see someone covered in blood or face paint behind the wheel.

James says: "Spooking another driver could be deemed distracting and against section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 as careless and inconsiderate driving.

"We'd recommend keeping your scariest looks to a minimum unless you want to get a fright from the judge when they hand you an unlimited fine, a discretionary disqualification and up to nine points on your licence."


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