Putting Jubilee decorations on your car could cost you £2,000 and leave you uninsured


Many Brits use their cars to express their enthusiasm for major events but it could be worth thinking twice before dressing up your car in red, white and blue

Jubilee decorations on your car could lead to a hefty fine

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with car decorations could cost drivers £2,000 and invalidate your insurance.

As Brits come together to celebrate the Jubilee weekend much of the nation will be getting into the party spirit and many will be decorating their homes, streets and even cars.

In recent years many Brits have used their cars to express their enthusiasm for major sporting events such as the World Cup, their own sporting team or for charities, Wales Online reported.

And retailers have cashed in on this phenomena with many selling jubilee air fresheners, vinyl stickers, and car flags to help celebrate the occasion

However, it could be worth thinking twice before dressing up your car in red white, and blue, as accessories can land drivers with hefty fines and points on their license.







Brits have used their cars to express their enthusiasm for major sporting events
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There aren’t any specific laws in place to stop drivers from adding novelty accessories to their cars.

But Rule 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 states that the driver must, at all times, ‘have a full view of the road and traffic ahead of the motor vehicle’.

Ignoring these regulations and using decorations, particularly around the windscreen and front of the car, could put you at risk of being fined.

An area of ​​290mm high, from the center of the steering wheel, and within the swept area of ​​the windscreen should be kept clear at all times.

Stickers, or other obstructions, are only allowed to impede a maximum of 10mm in this space.

Any drivers found to be in breach of the rules could be given a £100 on the spot fine, with penalties also able to increase to a maximum of £1,000 and three points on the licence.

Drivers who are tempted to add a novelty mascot to their vehicle must remember Rule 53 states that no mascot, emblem or other ornamental objects should be in a position where it is ‘likely to strike any person with whom the vehicle may collide’.







Many people will be getting into the party spirit and decorating their car
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It’s also worth ensuring that any decorations such as flags are fastened securely to the vehicle before setting off.

If items such as a flag were to fall in the path of other road users, this could result in the driver being charged with driving without reasonable consideration for other road users (inconsiderate driving).

Drivers found to be in breach of this rule can receive on-the-spot fines of £100 and three penalty points, rising to up to £2,500 and disqualification in serious cases.

Decorations can be used safely, it’s worth bearing in mind that you may still be invalidating your insurance by having them on your vehicle, unless your insurance company is notified.

Any form of car stickers can be seen as cosmetic upgrades, which insurers may view as altering the car away from its original specifications







Decorations can be used safely, it’s worth bearing in mind that you may still be invalidating your insurance
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With these safety regulations and possible penalties in mind, Scrap Car Comparison has compiled four top tips to help you stay safe on the roads while having fun this Platinum Jubilee weekend…

  1. Don’t place decorations near the front or rear of the vehicle – the main thing is to ensure that you have a clear view of the road and other vehicles at all times while on the road, so make sure your decorations aren’t restricting your sight from the front or rear of the vehicle, or other key positions .

  1. Fasten decorations securely – Before heading off, double check that your decorations are fastened on securely and aren’t likely to drop off while moving.

  1. think about size – the larger the decorations, the more likely you are to run into trouble while driving, so smaller decorations can often be safer.

  1. Double-check your insurance – to make sure you’re covered while on the road, make sure to check your insurance before heading off – if there are any items that class as a ‘modification’, make sure you notify your insurer of these before you plan to drive.

Dan Gick, Managing Director of Scrap Car Comparison said: “Car decorations are something we often see around the World Cup and in line with major sporting events.

“But they have also seen surges in popularity around royal events such as the Diamond Jubilee weekend in 2012, and of course royal weddings.

“Although it’s always good to get in the spirit, and it may seem like a harmless bit of fun to pop a flag up on your car, the consequences of any mismanaged decorations can potentially be incredibly severe.

“Both in terms of ends and points, but also physically in the event of a collision.

“We wouldn’t want people to miss out on the fun, or put them off celebrating the best way they know how, but we would encourage reading the guidance around car decorations to ensure they are used safely.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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