Find out how much you could be penalised by breaking down on the motorway with a pet
Many drivers are unaware they could be breaking the law resulting in a huge fine, points and possibly being stranded by simply taking their pet in the car.
New research by vehicle leasing company, All Car Leasing has discovered taking your pet on the motorway can be a costly experience drivers aren’t aware of before they set off – especially if you are unfortunate to experience a breakdown.
The number of car breakdowns on UK motorways has risen by nearly 20% since 2014, according to new figures released by Highways England.
And the advice is that if you breakdown on the motorway you should remove yourself from the vehicle in a safe manner and stand away from the car and motorway.
Naturally the driver would automatically remove their family from the car – including any pets.
But taking your pet out of the car to the side of a motorway could land you with a £2,500 fine and up to six penalty points on your license according to section 56 of the Highway Code.
By law, the driver should leave the pet inside the vehicle, unless it is not safe to do so.
On top of that, some recovery vehicles who have to tow away a broken vehicle do not accept pets in their vehicles.
Therefore, it is best to mention you have a pet when ringing to avoid disappointment and avoid wasting both parties’ time, and ultimately incurring in a longer waiting time.
Last year it was reported 3,780 accidents involving stationary cars were those parked on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Ross Wild, Digital Marketing Manager of All Car Leasing said: “There is no question our pets are our best friends and many of us like to take them on journeys for nice walks.
“This can cause problems should you break down and although people may think getting their pet out of the car is the safest thing for them it might not be. Drivers may be distracted from seeing an excited animal and when driving at high speeds any distraction is a bad distraction.
“Many insurance companies look for any reason to not pay out so keeping them restrained while in the car is also vital for your protection.”
Just having your dog in a car could land you with a £5,000 fine if they are not properly restrained, according to section 57 of the Highway Code. It could also incur nine points on your licence.