Paws for Thought!
According to research carried out by Confused.com more than half of pet owners don’t realise that by not restraining their pet in the car, they could attract a fine of £1000 for driving without proper control if their pet distracts them or a fine of up to £5000 for careless driving.
Drivers have reported their dogs jumping out of the car window whilst stationery at traffic lights. Drivers have even been fined for letting their dogs climb into the front whilst driving.
It’s not unusual to see dogs riding shotgun with their owners and poking their head out of the passenger window but by doing this the driver is, knowingly or not, breaking the law and could receive a fine, points on their licence and even invalidate their insurance.
If you do drive with your dog in the car it may be worth brushing up on Rule 57 of the Highway Code: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitable restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.”