Motorists issued £2,500 warning over common roadside activity

Breaking down in a car is never a pleasant experience and there can be a range of reasons why a fault may occur. Drivers may opt to call a breakdown service to help them out or attempt to fix the problem themselves.

However motoring experts have sought to warn drivers about a little-known rule that could land them with a hefty £2,500 fine. The rule, under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, bans anyone from performing work on their vehicle at the road - unless responding to a breakdown.

The warning was issued by repair experts at Bumper amid a spike in summer breakdowns. A spokesperson said: "Under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, performing any work on a motor vehicle on the roadside, including repairs, maintenance, or servicing is illegal.

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"The only exception to this rule is when responding to a vehicle breakdown. It's crucial for drivers to be aware that roadside repairs, maintenance, or servicing are prohibited unless the vehicle has broken down.

"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.

"This aims to reduce nuisances and hazards associated with roadside repairs, and we strongly advise Brits to adhere to it to avoid hefty penalties. You are allowed to repair your own vehicle, as the law only prohibits repairs done for financial gain or profit.

"However, if your repairs create excessive noise or air pollution, authorities may intervene to stop you from continuing these activities and slap you with a fine."