Drivers are being warned they could face fines of up to £ 1,000 for parking their car after dark. If you’ve made a trip after night has fallen, the Highway Code has some strict rules about how to park and where ..
Rule 248 of the code reads: “You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognized parking space.” The maximum fine for such a breach of the code is usually £ 1,000, but police do have the power to send certain incidents to court if they are deemed serious enough.
In some cases, the fine could then be increased to £ 2,500, while a ban from driving is also a possibility. The Highway Code adds: “All vehicles must display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph.”
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But not everyone knows where their parking lights can be found. The RAC has now issued advice about where they are.
The RAC said: “Almost all light switches in modern cars are either mounted on the dashboard, to the right-hand side of the steering wheel, or on the end of the indicator stalk. Your parking lights can be switched on and off by rotating the dial into the correct position.
“There will be a position for sidelights, headlights and usually a separate button or switch to activate your fog lights. Although not standard, some vehicle models allow the driver to incorporate the use of their indicator when leaving on their parking lights.
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“So if the indicator is left in the downward position when the engine is turned off, the sidelights will automatically show up only on the left-hand side of the car.” Changes to the Highway Code were made by the Department of Transport earlier this year.
The Highway Code contains advice and rules for people on Britain’s roads. Nine sections have been updated, with 50 rules added or amended.
Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offense. You may be fined, given penalty points on your license or be disqualified from driving or in the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.