Drivers warned of common mistake that can result in £5,000 fine

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Motorists could be fined £5,000 and handed nine penalty points for a simple indicator error that could break section three of the Road Traffic Act 1988. The act says it is an offence to drive “without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road or place”.

Indicating correctly is important for the safety of the driver and those around them, so doing this incorrectly or not at all can land people on the wrong side of the law.

The maximum penalty is nine points on the licence and a £5,000 fine.

A fixed-penalty notice (FPN) usually means motorists are given a £100 fine and three penalty points.

Following the guidance set out by the Highway Code is vital for drivers hoping to avoid the fines.

Mark Royal, operations manager at Goodbye Car, said: “Knowing when (and when not) to indicate is a skill of its own, given there are no black and white rules.

“But it’s incredibly important to learn when they should be used for the safety of yourself and other motorists.”

The Highway Code gives clear guidance on when and how indicators should be used.

The news comes after motorists were warned that they could face fines of up to £1,000 from the DVLA for keeping their untaxed cars off the road and in garages.

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The DVLA must be notified when drivers take their untaxed cars off the road and, for example, keep it in a garage.

SORN stands for ‘Statutory Off Road Notification’ and lets the DVLA know that an untaxed vehicle is kept off the road at all times.

Failing to notify the agency may result in a whopping £1,000 fine.

Notifying the agency is fairly straightforward and can be done online via the DVLA’s website.

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Motorists only need to do submit a SORN once, and the notification will be automatically overturned if the vehicle is taxed again.

Drivers will know a SORN has been successfully processed when they receive a letter from the DVLA, usually within four weeks.

The Government assumes that all cars on the UK roads are taxed and ready to be used unless SORN has been submitted.

Once a SORN application has been approved, the driver will be unable to drive the car.

The DVLA can cross reference the national insurance database with road tax expiration dates to find out which vehicles have the cover.

If motorists are caught out, a warning letter with fines will be sent via post.

Drivers face a £100 fine if their car is uninsured, and £40-£100 if their road tax has expired. Court action after this can raise fines to up to £1,000.

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