UK: Drivers warned of £5,000 fines for wearing sunglasses

Monday, August 29, 2022


The drivers have been warned about massive £5,000 fines for wearing sunglasses this bank holiday weekend. This is if they prevent motorists from using the controls in the correct manner.

With Britain has enjoyed this weekend in the midst of the heatwave, motorists have been warned of massive fines they could receive for simply wearing sunglasses. This is if they prevent drivers from correctly operating a vehicle. The driving experts say that while sunglasses are an essential eye protection accessory, some styles can restrict vision while driving.

For instance, some lenses might be tinted too dark and restrict daylight vision on the road. Additionally, bulky frames can cause a blind spot, so drivers have been advised to test them out first or stick to using just the built-in car sun visors.

Currently, a driver who is found wearing inappropriate clothing that could restrict manoeuvring can face on-the-spot fines of £100 plus three penalty points. However, these fines can increase to £5,000 plus nine penalty points and even a driving ban if the case is taken to court.

According to Rule 97 of the Highway Code, “the clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner”. Unfortunately for drivers, in some instances, they could also be fined for not wearing sunglasses.

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