Drivers warned as Jubilee weekend decorations on car could land them £2,500 fine

The UK is preparing for a long bank holiday weekend to mark the special occasion of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Union Jack flags will be all over the place, on windows, streets and even cars.

But did you know that driving around with a huge flag on your vehicle could get you into trouble?

Throughout the years, Brits have shown their excitement and support for any royal event by decorating their wheels.

And with a four-day weekend on the horizon, we're going to see a lot of decoration in the UK.

However, some car decorations can leave drivers hit with a pricey fine alongside points on their driving licence.

According to Rule 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, the driver must have "full view of the road".

If in breach, motorists can be issued a £100 fine on the spot which could increase in increments to an eye-watering £1,000.

And that's just for your own car.

In the case of your decorations falling off your vehicle and obstructing other road users, you could be charged up to £2,500.

Scrap Car Comparison has put together a guide on how to stay road-safe for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

One tip reads: "Don't place decorations near the front or rear of the vehicle," to ensure a non-obstructed view of the road ahead.

A second pointer reminds vehicle decorations to be "fasten securely" to lower risk of items falling off while driving.

The guidance added: "Think about size", with an encouragement to opt for smaller and less obstructing decorations.

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And also, double check with insurance as some policies count decorative items as car modification.

The managing director of Scrap Car Comparison said: "Although it's always good to get in the spirit, and it may seem like a harmless bit of fun to pop a flag up on your car, the consequences of any mismanaged decorations can potentially be incredibly severe – both in terms of fines and points, but also physically in the event of a collision.

"We wouldn't want people to miss out on the fun, or put them off celebrating the best way they know how, but we would encourage reading the guidance around car decorations to ensure they are used safely."

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