DRIVERS could land themselves with a huge £1,000 fine if they break a “little-known” parking rule.
Christian Williams, from car competitions company BOTB, said that even though three-quarters of the UK adult population have a driving licence, it is often the less known common laws that catch motorists out.
Mr Williams said: “Many of the laws surrounding UK driving are understood by most road users and wouldn’t present much of a problem.
“But what catches drivers out are the less common laws – these are the ones that you likely don’t think about when behind the wheel.”
He highlighted that many drivers were not aware that you could face a fine if they park against the flow of traffic at night.
Mr Williams said that motorists should always park their vehicles towards the flow of traffic as this won’t confuse other drivers because cars will reflect red from the rear lights and white from the front.
Not obeying Rule 248 of the Highway Code could see motorists face a fine of up to £1,000.
The rule states: “You MUST NOT park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space.”
Cars caught flouting the rules of the Highway Code could be fined £1,000 and this could rise to £2,500 for goods vehicles and passenger vehicles carrying eight people or more.
A spokesperson for car scrapping comparison site Scrapcarcomparison.co.uk previously said: “Motors parked the correct way would be visible and illuminated by headlights bouncing off the rear reflectors.
“Rule 248 of the Highway Code states ‘you must not park on a road at night facing against the direction of the traffic flow unless in a recognised parking space,’ and not many motorists are aware of this.
“We’ve dealt with cars that have been written-off due to a passing car crashing into them as they have partly stuck out from a parking space.”
It comes as Britain’s worst roads for parking fines have been revealed.
Councils have shared the street in their authority area where motorists got caught out the most during the 2020/21 financial year.
The worst street was responsible for more than $3.3 million in the East London Borough of Newham.
Stockport Road in Manchester generated more than £193,000.