Motorists can be hit with £1,000 fine if they suffer from hay fever – ‘impaired driving’

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Driving while suffering from symptoms of hay fever could land motorists with a £1,000 fine, experts have warned. If a driver is experiencing intense pollen allergy symptoms, this could be classed as a “failure to have proper control of the vehicle and a full view of the road”.

Fines can reach as high as £2,500 for drivers of passenger carrying vehicles (PCVs) or goods vehicles.

Those who are fined also face the risk of a discretionary disqualification, according to the Highway Code penalty table.

According to the Met Office, most of the UK is set to have either a moderate or high pollen count this week.

As a result of this, the nicer weather and the Easter weekend, more drivers may be slapped with hefty fines.

Craig Forbes, motoring expert at Peter Vardy, warned drivers to make sure they are safe when at the wheel.

He said: “Drivers must take responsibility for assessing their own fitness to drive when experiencing symptoms.

“There are ways to minimise symptoms of hay fever during spring, but if your eyes are extremely watery and you feel unwell, your driving could be impaired and you may wish to consider alternative travel in order to avoid a fine.”

Hay fever affects roughly 30 percent of the UK’s population and they are being warned to take action to combat their symptoms.

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Mr Forbes advised drivers to plan their journey around the pollen forecast, which the Met Office usually updates daily and contains data for all of the UK.

If high or very high pollen rates are forecast and people are afraid to drive, Peter Vardy recommends considering alternative travel plans or asking someone else to drive.

Drivers can also use essential oils on their air freshener, as this will help to combat the symptoms when driving.

Lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus all have anti-inflammatory properties and can unblock stuffy noses naturally.

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