Nearly A Third Of Van Drivers Risk A £5,000 Fine For Not Safely Securing Dogs While Driving
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Nearly A Third Of Van Drivers Risk A £5,000 Fine For Not Safely Securing Dogs While Driving

Nearly A Third Of Van Drivers Risk A £5,000 Fine For Not Safely Securing Dogs While Driving
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Almost a third (29%) of van drivers are risking a fine of up to £5,000 and potentially invalidating their insurance for not safely securing their dogs while driving to work, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

A survey by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles reveals:

  • 41% of van drivers take their dogs to work with them
  • Almost a third (29%) do not safely restrain their dog in the van
  • The penalty for not securing pets while driving is up to £5,000

The study showed that 41% of van drivers prefer to take their dog to work, rather than leave them at home or with a dog sitter. But a third of them said that they hadn't been restraining them properly, which was leading to distractions whilst driving. Volkswagen Commerical Vehicles found that one in ten drivers has had an accident while travelling in a vehicle with a pet. And one in ten drivers knows someone who has been in an accident while travelling with a pet in their vehicle.

The research found that men are far more likely to drive their pets to work rather than women. Men and women living in London and Northern Ireland are more likely to take their dog to work in a van more than anywhere else in the country. Van drivers in East Anglia are the opposite of this, opting to leave their dog at home or with a dog sitter.

An image of a dog secured correctly in a car seat

Kate Thompson, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “After such an extended period at home last year, we know that, now more than ever, van drivers don’t want to leave their dogs at home or with dogsitters when they go to work. It is important to be aware, however, of the risks attached whether it is distractions while driving and near misses or the possible fines attached to driving with unrestrained pets. We aim to work with our customers so they can get back on the road safely.”

What is the law regarding driving with pets?

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: "Pets must be suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly"

What is the penalty for not securing your dog while driving?

The punishment for failing to secure your dog can range from a fine between £1,000 - £5,000, depending on the severity and up to nine points for careless driving. It also carries the potential to void your insurance, making your policy void and can increase your penalty.

Where can I find information on the best way to secure my dog while driving?

Dogs Trust UK has a fantastic checklist that gives you ideas to help keep your dog secure while driving. Please visit the site by clicking this checklist.

You can find more information regarding the survey by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles by visiting the VW UK Media site.

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