Wearing winter boots when you drive could land you a £5,000 fine

As cold and wet weather descends on the UK, Brits are pulling out their winter wardrobe and donning themselves in cosy, comfortable clothes.

But driving experts have issued a warning to all motorists in the UK as wearing certain types of winter shoes and boots could land you in hot water.

This season the ‘chunky’ boot remains very much on trend but motoring experts at Scrap Car Comparison warn these shoes could land you a £5,000 fine if you wear them to drive.

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They explained this is because of Rule 97 of the Highway Code. It states any driver getting behind the wheel of a vehicle should ensure that ‘clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner’.

When it comes to footwear specifically, drivers must be able to have full control of their pedals.

Control is even more important during the winter months as the elements can make driving more dangerous with wet or icy weather more common.

Any driver that ignores this rule could be committing a CD10, CD20 or CD30 offence, falling under the umbrella of ‘Driving Without Due Care and Attention’ if caught by a police officer.

The consequences start at a fixed £100 fine and three points on your licence (or education seminar as an alternative if appropriate).

However, if you police deem you’ve been driving dangerously, and your footwear is a contributing factor then you could also be referred to the courts.

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Cases can land motorist fines of up to £5,000 and nine points on their license or even a complete driving ban.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) recommend that shoes worn for driving should:

  • Have a sole no thicker than 10mm
  • With a sole that is not too thin or soft
  • Not be too heavy
  • Not limit ankle movement
  • Be narrow enough to avoid depressing two pedals at once by accident.


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