You could be hit with a £30 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for using a horn at the wrong time


Drivers in the UK are being warned about how the incorrect use of a car horn could land you in trouble with the police if caught. You could be issued with a £30 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and if the case ends up in court, this could rise to £1,000!

Using your car horn at the wrong time is a punishable offence, yet many drivers will not be aware of this fact. It should only be used in certain circumstances and breaking these rules could lead to charges.

The Highway Code states that drivers should only honk their horn when their car is moving or they need to warn others of their presence.

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A horn should not be sounded when stationary on a road at any time, other than at times of danger due to another vehicle on or near the road.

You must never use your car horn in moments of anger against other road users – this could lead to punishment if caught.

If you honk your horn at other road users at a set of traffic lights to try and get them moving, you could be issued with an FPN as you cannot use a car horn when a vehicle is stationary.

You should never use your car horn as a way of greeting family members or friends or to let people inside a house know that you’ve arrived.

Motorists should never use their car horn to warn other road users of an upcoming speed trap or police presence up ahead – you could be charged with obstructing a police officer.

The Highway Code also states that a car horn should not be used on a moving vehicle on a restricted road (a road with street lights and a 30mph limit) between the times of 11:30pm and 7:00am.

A previous study found that only 38% of those taking part knew it was illegal to use a car horn whilst stationary. Another study also discovered that one in seven motorists thought it was okay to use their horn at any time of the day.



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