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Drivers risk big fine for travelling in a car with their dog this summer

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People travelling with dogs in their car this summer risk a £200 fine and points on their licence.

As the hot weather continues its reign over Kent, experts are reminding drivers of their responsibilities if they are travelling with their dog.

They say having a furry friend in the car could affect visibility.

Moreover drivers could risk being penalised for being in breach of two Highway Code rules, as the Express reports.

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Rule 57 of the Highway Code states dogs must be suitably restrained whilst inside a car.

Anyone who finds themselves in breach of this rule could face three to nine points on their licence and also a £200 fine.

Another factor drivers must consider is visibility.

In the heat, dogs are likely to pant which could cause interior windows to steam up.

If your dog is in the front or back of the car, this could cause vital viewpoints to become unclear.

Rule 229 of the Highway Code requires drivers to be able to see out of their windows at all times, and failure to comply with this rule could again result in points on a licence for dangerous driving and a £200 fine.

In order ensure for safe travel, experts at Lookers have urged drivers to invest in suitable pet carriers or crates to keep their pet safe in one area.

A harness attaching to a seatbelt is also considered acceptable, with the dog unable to cause any interference by freely moving around the car.

The experts said: “With more people than ever buying pets we are keen to ensure that drivers know how to safely transport dogs in cars.

“There are several important considerations to be aware of to keep both drivers and pets safe.

“Especially if people are planning staycations within the UK during the summer months."

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