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Breaking packing rule this holiday could cost you up to £1,000 in fines

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The approach of the school holidays means many families will soon be packing up their vehicles for a well-earned break. But something that might not have crossed the minds of holiday-goers and campervan enthusiasts is the potential for massive fines, reaching over £1,000 if they neglect this one little-known driving law.

Offering essential advice on how to avoid such pitfalls is expert Nick Millerchip from campervan conversion specialists, Van Junkies. Nick cautioned: “Under Section 41B of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it’s a serious offence to drive an overloaded vehicle which exceeds weight restrictions and requirements.”

He added, “So don’t let your camping trip be weighed down by the dangers and legal troubles of overloading your vehicle. Camping gear can accumulate surprisingly fast, and exceeding your car’s weight limit is a recipe for disaster.”

Millerchip further warned, “Not only could it significantly compromise your handling and braking, putting yourself and others at risk, but you might also be pulled over and hit with a hefty fine. Fines for exceeding the weight limit can vary depending on the severity of the offence, but start at £100 and can rise to a striking £1,000.”

His final piece of advice was, “Take the time to weigh your car and camping gear before you hit the road. it’s a simple step that can ensure a safe and fine-free trip,” reports the Manchester Evening News.

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