Over two million British motorists break the law by driving illegal damaged cars, according to new research from Direct Line Breakdown. More than one million of these have had an accident because of the car's faults.
Driving a unroadworthy car can result in at least three points on a licence, and in some cases a fine of up to £3000. Needless to say, there is also the risk of injury to the driver, or to other motorists and pedestrians which would have a much higher penalty than a fine.
The most common defects are driving with broken lights, missing or cracked wing mirrors and faulty exhaust pipes. 94% of the motorists questioned who needed repairs said they were unaware that they could be breaking the law. A quarter said they didn't believe the repairs to be urgent.
"Many motorists say they are failing to fix their cars because they can't find a mechanic they trust but this really isn't an excuse for driving an illegal car," said Emma Holyer, Direct Line's Breakdown spokesperson.
"By driving a damaged car you could be putting your life and that of other motorists are risk so it's a pathetic excuse when you think of the potential impact you could have if something was to go wrong whilst you were at the wheel.
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