Drivers could be fined £100 and cars deemed in a ‘dangerous condition’ for Christmas error

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Experts at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts warn vehicles could even be deemed in a “dangerous condition” if a tree is not correctly secured. Motorists have also been urged to ensure their Christmas tree does not have an impact on road vision while transporting it back home.

They said: “While there are no specific rules in the Highway Code regarding transporting Christmas trees via your car, there are related rules regarding overloading your vehicles.

“These can lead to a £100 fine, up to three points and even damage to your vehicle.

“If your tree’s distribution, weight, position or the way it is secured on the car is unsuitable then it can also lead to your vehicle to be classed as being in a dangerous condition under the Road Traffic Act 1988.”

They added: “When transporting your tree you should always make sure you have full visibility out of all windows and that the tree isn’t impacting your ability to use mirrors, the gear stick, indicators or steering wheel.

“If you’re unsure you’re able to transport your tree safely you should look into using a detachable trailer or hiring a van.”

The RAC has previously warned as many as 75 percent of drivers do not know the rules on transporting large Christmas trees.

The survey found at least six percent of drivers admit to having a Christmas tree hanging out of their vehicles.

A further five percent said they usually strap a tree to their car roof even if they do not have a roof rack in place.

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Nationwide Vehicle Contracts have also urged drivers to take a range of simple precautions when transporting their trees.

They said trees need to be “securely strapped down” while they also recommend using “bungee cords or storing rope”.

They said: “Be sensible when picking your tree.

“As well as making sure it fits the place you’re displaying it, make sure your car will be suitable to transport it.

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