When driving with pets, dog owners risk a £5,000 punishment if they do not obey the guidelines.
If drivers are found driving with unrestrained pets, they may face an immediate penalty fee. Here are the regulations.
Thousands of drivers may be breaking the law if their dog or cat is not properly confined while traveling in a vehicle. Unrestrained pets can cause accidents, near misses, or emergency stops, according to the Code, and they must be properly restrained so that they do not distract or damage the driver.
Animals should be restrained in cars using a seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage, or dog guard.
While breaching the Highway Code does not result in a direct penalty, a driver who is found to be distracted might be fined £1,000 on the spot for reckless driving. Depending on the seriousness of the case, a maximum fine of £5,000 and nine penalty points may be imposed.
In the worst-case scenario, the occurrence could result in a driver’s license suspension and a mandatory re-test.
Dogs should not be permitted to ride in the front seat and should be placed in the boot or backseat, according to car expert Mark Tongue of Select Car Leasing.
“You should only ever have your dog by your side when driving if you are able to disable the front passenger airbag and know how to do so,” he told the Mirror. Failure to disable the airbag could result in a dog suffering severe injuries.”
Mr Tongue warns that an airbag can collapse a dog cage if it deploys with too much power.
The switch for disabling the front passenger airbag varies depending on the car, however it is usually found in the glove box or on the left side of the passenger dashboard.
If you want to transport your dog in the front seat of your car, Mr Tongue advises that you adjust the seat back as far as it will go to reduce the possibility of the dog colliding with the glovebox or windscreen in the event of a collision.
He also advises against letting dogs hang out the window because it shows that the animal is not securely restrained and could cause serious injury if they come into touch with a bush or tree.
According to DogsTrust research, 76% of dogs have no official instruction on how to behave in the car, and just 60% of people believe that leaving a dog unrestrained in the car is a good idea. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”