What is the law around driving with your pet in the car?

Do you let your pet hang their head out the car window or ride shot gun? Many of us do without knowing that this actually breaks the law and can lead to points on your licence, a fine and invalidated insurance.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves.”

Violating the Highway Code doesn’t carry a direct penalty however if you are pulled over by the police for driving without due care and attention the maximum penalty you could receive is a fine of £5,000 and nine penalty points. You could also have invalidated your insurance.

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