Drivers warned to properly transport Christmas trees
Overloading a vehicle could land you three penalty points on your license and an uncapped fine.
UK motorists are being warned about the risks associated with improperly transporting Christmas trees this festive season.
A survey by Fiat Professional revealed that three quarters of the 500 adults who took part have little to no idea what the laws for safely doing so are.
In fact, only 25% stated they knew the rules regarding the safe transportation of a Christmas tree.
There’s no specific mention of Christmas trees located within the Highway Code so you should look to the section dedicated to the safe loading and unloading of your vehicle for guidance.
A vehicle that’s judged to be dangerously overloaded will result in you instantly receiving three penalty points on your license along with an uncapped fine, which could potentially see you incur a charge of thousands of pounds.
Around 6% of drivers stated that they’ve previously transported a Christmas tree in an improper manner having left it hanging out of the vehicle.
Where a load is longer than the actual vehicle, the Highway Code states it should feature a reflective flag to warn other road users and not obscure the driver’s view of the road.
A further 25% admit to just “throwing it in the car” without properly securing it while 5% have tied a Christmas tree to the roof of their vehicle regardless of whether they’ve got a roof rack.
Source: Fleet News