Drivers face a £1,000 penalty for simply parking their car after dark – and how to avoid it
DRIVERS should be careful when parking their car at night or face a hefty fine.
Failing to comply with the rules set out by the Highway Code could land you a £1,000 fine.
Rule 248 of the Highway Code states that: “You must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
Driver's looking to save money on a car park overnight by leaving their cars on the street should keep in mind this rule or potentially face a fine.
In most cases the maximum fine will be £1,000, but the police do have the power to send you to court if they think the case is particularly severe.
In some cases this could see the fine increased to £2,500 or even a ban from driving altogether.
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The Highway Code also states that: "All vehicles must display parking lights when parked on a road or a lay-by on a road with a speed limit greater than 30 mph."
The RAC gives this advice to drivers who aren't sure how to find the parking lights on their car.
"Almost all light switches in modern cars are either mounted on the dashboard, to the right-hand side of the steering wheel, or on the end of the indicator stalk.
"Your parking lights can be switched on and off by rotating the dial into the correct position.
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"There will be a position for sidelights, headlights and usually a separate button or switch to activate your fog lights.
"Although not standard, some vehicle models allow the driver to incorporate the use of their indicator when leaving on their parking lights.
"So if the indicator is left in the downward position when the engine is turned off, the sidelights will automatically show up only on the left-hand side of the car.
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Aside from parking at night, the Highway Code also has rules on how you should be parking when its foggy.
Rule 251 says: "It is especially dangerous to park on the road in fog. If it is unavoidable, leave your parking lights or sidelights on."
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