As we propel our celebrations into the 2019 Christmas festivities, this month Stourbridge Automotive Ltd are highlighting some of the reasons which could see you stopped by the police whilst driving over the Christmas season.
Nobody wants to go through the ordeal of being stopped by the police and so here are some pointers with regards to your vehicle to review and ensure that you have in check over the coming weeks.
Stopping to take a Breathalyser Test – According to the Department for Transport, figures show that drink-driving contributed to 142 accidents attended by officers in the West Midlands area last year. Transport related organisations such as Brake and the RAC recommend that if you are going to consume alcohol then please make alternative travel arrangements and leave your vehicle at home. Being caught for drink driving could not only lead to a total driving ban but could also compromise your job and even your home.
Unpaid Vehicle Tax – For the majority of UK car owners, Vehicle Tax is now paid online either by an annual payment or a monthly direct debit. If you are reviewing you are finances over the holiday period then it’s worth double checking the Vehicle Tax is regularly debiting out of your bank account and if you have switched bank accounts in the last 12 months, that you have notified the tax office of your change in finance details. Things can go a miss, especially with so many bills going out of your account. However, failure to update your vehicle tax payment details could result in being stopped by the police or finding that your car has been clamped at the roadside and not only a hefty fine penalty but also payment on any Vehicle Tax arrears. Go to https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax to find out more about paying Vehicle Tax.
Out of Date MOT Test – Here at Stourbridge Automotive Ltd we endeavour to remind all our customers when their MOT test is due, however many UK vehicle service garages do not do this! Please check when your vehicle MOT test is due for 2020 and update your calendars. If you don’t and you do get stopped by the police, then you could receive a hefty £1000 fine for failing to have a valid MOT Test Certificate for your vehicle.
Fix headlights and Indicator Bulbs – Sometimes broken bulbs can go un-noticed especially if they are at the rear of the vehicle, however with the shorter winter daylight hours and the increased probability of driving in the dark it is important to test all lights and if necessary fix immediately. Failure to do so, could result in an on-the-spot fine by the police, with a 14-day notice period to demonstrate that you have fixed the problem. To find out more please go to: https://www.gov.uk/stopped-by-police-while-driving-your-rights/faults-with-your-vehicle
Replace tyres with poor tread – The legal minimum requirement for cars in the UK and Europe is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre. If you happen to be stopped by the police for poor tyre tread, then you could be issued with a fine for up to £2500 per tyre, plus 3 points on your driving license. If you haven’t had your tyres checked in the last 6 months, then its worth taking them to be checked so that you can be sure that your tyres are safe and well within the legal limit.
For more information on any of the points raised in this article or to book a service and maintenance check with Stourbridge Automotive Ltd, please contact our workshop team. As a reputable West Midlands mechanic company for Audi, BMW, MINI, Mercedes, Jaguar, Land Rover & Range Rover, we are on-hand to assist with vehicle servicing and maintenance to give customer peace of mind that their vehicles is operating safely and to its best potential.
Stay Safe, Merry Christmas!