Drivers could face £5,000 fine over sunglasses as hot weather continues

Drivers have been warned they could face a £5,000 fine over sunglasses with the nice weather set to continue <i>(Image: Getty/Canva)</i>
Drivers have been warned they could face a £5,000 fine over sunglasses with the nice weather set to continue (Image: Getty/Canva)

Motorists could face fines of up to £5,000 for forgetting to pack their sunglasses with the late Spring sunshine set to continue into this week.

Temperatures have soared to the early 20s in Wiltshire in recent days, with unbroken sunshine over the late May bank holiday.

The good news from the Met Office is that the nice weather for Swindon is set to continue, with temperatures forecast to rise to 20C again over the weekend, and long periods of sunshine between Thursday (June 1) and Monday (June 5).

Highway Code Rule 97 with hot weather to continue

As Brits prepare for the hot weather, Rule 97 of the Highway Code states drivers who fail to properly prepare for the sun could be hit with a major fine.

The rule states: "The clothing and footwear you choose to wear whilst you are driving must not prevent you from using the controls in the correct manner."

On top of this, Rule 237 of the Highway Code specifically highlights “hot weather” and states drivers should slow down or pull over if "dazzled by bright sunlight", suggesting drivers should wear sunglasses on a bright day.

The offence could land the driver a £100 on-the-spot fine and three points on their driving licence. Drivers who challenge the fine and lose could see the fine increased to as much as £5,000 depending on the severity of the offence.

Andrew Jervis from ClickMechanic, said: “Many will welcome a few days of sun, but it could spell disaster for unprepared motorists. We all have a responsibility to drive with care and attention, and we need to be on alert for anything that can affect our ability to do that.

“Sun glare is often tricky to drive with as it can affect how we perceive the road conditions, while an unexpected short burst of light from behind a cloud can really harm our ability to see.

“It can be worse when the roads are wet after a rainy spell, with sunlight reflecting off puddles and into our eyes.

“It’s important to be on guard for the adverse effects of sun glare while driving, whether this is through wearing sunglasses, removing any shiny objects from the dashboard or lowering the sun visors.”