Warning that car repairs could end up in a £2,500 fine

General work needs to be done away from the road
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Repairing your own car, if you feel capable and confident enough, is nothing new. Whether it's an oil change or a brake overhaul, the keen DIY mechanic can save themselves a fair amount of money by not taking their car into a garage.

With surging prices over the past couple of years amid the cost of living crisis, no doubt more people may have been trying to do at least basic maintenance themselves. But those who do so are being warned that they need to be careful about one thing. And that's where they do such repairs or maintenance. Car repair experts from Bumper have warned Brits about the hefty fines they could face for fixing cars on public roads amid a spike in summer breakdowns.

They 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. 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.”