£2,500 warning issued to drivers who break down on 'public roads'

Experts have warned drivers that they could face hefty charges if they break down in the coming months. Motorists are more susceptible to problems during the summer months because the engine could overheat and cause further issues for drivers.

Flat batteries could also turn into a major issue, too. All of these will require urgent care and attention if drivers want to continue with their journeys, as some will choose to try and fix the issue before calling their breakdown recovery provider.

However, this could see drivers end up in hot water and land a huge bill when pulled over on the roadside to try and fix their cars. Experts point to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 which states that performing any work on a motor vehicle on the roadside, is described as "restricted works".

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This includes "the repair, maintenance, servicing, improvement or dismantling of a motor vehicle or of any part of or accessory to a motor vehicle".

It also deals with completing works for the "installation, replacement or renewal of any such part or accessory". There is one exception, however, which allows motorists to work on their vehicles when responding to a vehicle breakdown.

Car repair experts from Bumper urged drivers to be aware of the "crucial" matter, saying that roadside repairs, maintenance, or servicing are prohibited unless the vehicle has broken down.

A spokesperson for the organisation said: "This regulation is in place to ensure public safety and maintain the quality of life for residents. Ignoring this rule can result in significant fines.

"Many drivers are unaware of the repercussions of performing car repairs on public roads. The fines can be severe, reaching up to £2,500.