Drivers may be hit with £5,000 fine today for playing Christmas songs in their cars

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Experts at Nationwide Vehicle Contracts warn playing Christmas songs too loudly could distract road users and risks putting “others at risk”. Motorists may also not be able to hear any road hazards which could see them issued penalties for dangerous driving.

They said: “We all like to sing along to Christmas songs during the festive period, but you should be careful as doing so can land you fines up to £5,000!

“According to the Highway Code, if you were to play your music too loud it could be classed as a distraction, and leave you with up to three points on your licence and a £100 fine this Christmas.

“In more severe cases, if your music was loud enough to obstruct you from hearing potential hazards, this could put others at risk and you could be liable for ‘driving without due care and attention’ or ‘dangerous driving’ charges.

“These are serious charges that can lead to driving bans and up to £5,000 in fines from your Local Authority.”

However, West Yorkshire Police said it is likely officers would only take action if they hear the noise themselves.

They said they would be unlikely to take action after a one-off incident but would follow up if it was a “persistent problem”.

They said: “At present legislation only provides the local authority with the power to take action against loud car stereos if the car is on private land or parked on the street.

“If there is a car/a group of cars that is parked up constantly on your street and the stereos are being played very loud then you need to make a complaint to your local authority.

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“The police also have powers to deal with cars playing loud music (whilst driving and stationary) although the officers would have to be present and hear the noise before they could take any action.

“If it is a one-off occurrence then neither the police nor the local authority will be likely to take any action.

“If however it is a persistent problem then either contact the local authority or your local police via their 101 number.”

Playing music too loudly can see drivers punished at any time of the year.

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