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Skipping a song in the car could now get you a £200 fine

Skipping songs on your phone while driving could land you with a £200 fine, according to new Highway Code rules.

The news comes as the code is updated to make the road safer for vulnerable road users such as cyclists.

It’s already illegal to use your phone to make a call or text while driving, but new rules includes streaming music and playing games, meaning that selecting a song or flicking through a playlist could land you with a £200 fine and six points on your license .

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The updates to the Highway Code came into force on Saturday, January 29.

Stopping beyond the white line at traffic lights

Crossing this line can cost you up to £100 and can even add three points to your license.

Advanced Stop Lines, or ASLs, mark areas reserved for cyclists.

Motorists who crawl over the line and into the box risk getting slapped with both the fine and the points.

Throwing cigarettes out of a car window

“Incorrect disposal of a cigarette” can land motorists notice a fixed penalty fine of anywhere between £50 and £100 because throwing your butts out of the window is no different from littering.

Although smoking in a car is not a crime as long as the passengers are over 18, this fine was introduced to limit littering and prevent the casual discarding of plastic-based butts to align with current littering laws

Having a dirty number plate

In winter, it can be very easy for muck and grime to build up on you license plate from driving on wet roads. But failure to keep your plate clear and visible can result in a huge £1,000 fine.

If your plate is unreadable then you are going against the Highway Code, which says: “Lights, indicators and number plates must be kept clean and clear.”

So make sure to give your vehicle a good wipe down after driving on dirty roads.

It’s not only seasoned road users that need to be aware of the new rules, as learner drivers can also be penalized.

Research from learner-driver insurance provider, Veygo, found that a third of Brits are unaware that it’s possible to accrue penalty points while driving with a provisional license.

DVLA data requested by Veygo, reveals that 74,104 provisional license holders had points on their license in April 2021.

David Roberts, Chief Product Officer at Veygo says: “Any distraction while driving is a big danger, and learner drivers on a provisional license aren’t exempt from points on their license or even fines.

“The changes to the Highway Code make the rules much clearer cut when it comes to using your phone in the car, and are ultimately there to keep us all safe.

“The new rules are a welcome reminder for learners to be as vigilant while learning, whether practicing with an instructor, with friends and family, as they are once they’ve passed their test.”

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