Drivers could be hit with a ‘driving ban’ for decorating their car this Christmas

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Experts at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts warn drivers could still be penalised for dressing up their vehicle despite it not being illegal. They warn Christmas decorations could “pose a risk to others” if they detach from a vehicle or could “obstruct your view”.

Coloured lights may also break very strict regulations and could also “confuse road users” in some situations.

They said: “While it may look nice, decorating your car this Christmas can also lead to fines, invalidate your insurance and result in driving bans.

“Despite not being illegal, we recommend lights, reindeer antlers, ribbons and tinsel should all be avoided inside and outside of your vehicle this Christmas.

“One of the main risks is if any decorations obstruct your view.

“They should definitely not be put on dashboards or windows.

“Effecting your view out of the windscreen can lead to three points and up to £1,000 in fines.

“Adding fairy lights to your car can also be very dangerous.

“Additional lights can confuse road users and cause collisions.

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“According to the Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989, coloured lights that are not native to your vehicle should not be used and doing so can get you in trouble.

“If any decorations were also to detach from your car they could pose a risk to others.

“If this was to happen and cause an accident you could face a charge of ‘careless driving’ or ‘driving without reasonable consideration for other road users’ – which can lead to a court case and an unlimited fine and a driving ban depending on the situation.”

Other motoring experts have also previously warned of the dangers of decorating vehicles.

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