Drivers could be fined up to £1,000 for driving with defective headlights

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Experts at USwitch warn drivers would be stopped if only one headlight is working and issued a £100 fine on the spot. They say this acts as a “warning” to drivers with fines possibly rising to £1,000 if the issue is not fixed.

USwitch said: “Driving without proper working headlights is illegal.

“Although you may feel that one headlight is enough to see on the road, you are at risk of driving with no visibility if the other goes out whilst you are in motion.

“If you drive with one headlight you will be pulled over by the police and they will hand you a fixed penalty notice fine of £100.

“This will not add points to your licence, but is intended as a warning to fix your headlights.

“If this offence is challenged in court the fine could rise to £1000.

“According to the Highway Code, ‘lights, indicators, reflectors, and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear’.

“Driving with correctly working lights is for your own safety and that of other drivers, so before setting off on the road make sure to check your lights are working.”

Travelling without a working headlight may also be considered enough damage to risk injury to other drivers.

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This is because motorists may be unable to see key road hazards and will not be as visible to other drivers entering and exiting junctions.

This means drivers could be issued penalties of up to £2,500 and three penalty points for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition.

In more severe cases drivers may even be charged with dangerous driving where penalties could be increased to a £5,000 fine and nine penalty points.

Drivers who have not used their cars much over lockdown could find their model has developed detective headlights.

Laura Walsh, spokesperson for Halfords warned some drivers were not aware when lights had broken and urged road users to carry out regular checks.

She said: “Cars with defective lights can cause a danger on the roads, so it is important that you check your bulbs regularly and change them if needed.

“We know motorists have delayed essential repairs and many wait for their MOT but this is a false economy and such drivers risk falling foul of the law.”

Despite the danger, drivers appear to be unaware of the potential dangers.

A recent survey by Halfords found 12 percent of road users admit to having driven with a broken headlight.

Their survey also found road users lack critical knowledge around the issue which could fuel the issue.

The poll found 60 percent of road users do not know how to change a headlight bulb if it failed.

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