Drivers have warned they could face a £5,000 fine for sunglasses


Motorists who forget to pack sunglasses for their journeys could face fines of up to £5,000 as the UK receives an amber weather warning.

The Met Office has issued an extreme heat warning for large parts of the UK for the rest of the week.

Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Dan Rudman said: “Temperatures are expected to peak at 35C on Friday and Saturday, with an isolated 36C on Saturday. Elsewhere, temperatures will reach well into the 20 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius.

With this second heat wave in less than a month, drivers are urged to be careful what they wear, especially when it comes to driving on a sunny day.

Which traffic laws are relevant for the use of sunglasses?

You’ll need to make sure you have sunglasses handy when driving (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Article 97 of the Traffic Laws stresses the importance of wearing clothing that does not inhibit your ability to drive

The rule reads: “The clothes and shoes you choose to wear while driving should not prevent you from using the controls correctly.”

A point of the coded which is even more specific to driving in sunny weather is Rule 237 which states that drivers must slow down or stop if they are “dazzled by sunlight”.

This rule reads: “Keep your vehicle well ventilated to avoid drowsiness.

“Be aware that the road surface can become soft or if it rains after a dry spell it can become slippery.

“These conditions could affect your steering and braking. If you are dazzled by bright sunshine, slow down and if necessary, stop.

For breaking the rule, motorists could face fines of up to £100 as well as three points on their licence.

Those who contest the fine and lose the appeal could see this increase up to £5,000. It all depends on the seriousness of the offence.

The AA provides information on their website about driving with sunglasses and states that the right pair of sunglasses can prevent glare which can be life-threatening while driving.

They reached out to Optical Suppliers Associationwhich confirmed that there are two essential requirements for lenses used for driving:

  1. The vision must remain clear.
  2. Sufficient light to allow you to see properly must reach your eyes.

They added: “Sunglasses sold for general use may be too dark for driving.

“Also, fashion frames can obscure your peripheral vision if they’re not the right style, so it’s best to choose your shades carefully.”

According to the AA website, one of the best types of sunglasses to drive is one with self-tinting lenses.

Commonly known as “photochromic” lenses, they change tint density when exposed to certain types of light. Generally, the brighter the light, the darker the lenses become.

The Met Office issues an orange weather warning for the UK

The Met Office has issued a statement on the upcoming orange extreme heat warning which reads: ‘The Extreme heat warningwhich covers much of the southern half of England as well as parts of east Wales, will be in effect from Thursday to late Sunday with possible impacts on health, transport and infrastructure .

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued the health alert and weather warning amid high temperatures set to hit most of the UK this week.


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