Top 3 Driving Violations Committed in the UK

Top 3 Driving Violations

Car hire Sussex services should be enjoyed with these top 3 UK driving violations in mind.

  1. Speeding

According to Sky News, almost 50,000 drivers in 2014 (nearly 1,000 drivers a week) were guilty of breaking the speed limit. Most drivers were spotted through the fixed speed cameras (62%), policemen with roadside cameras (22%) and policemen without a camera (10%). A motorist driving at a speed of 70mph will automatically be issued with a speeding fine, while those travelling at speeds of up to 96mph will likely receive a court summons.

  1. Parking Violation

Those who have committed parking violations will usually get a ticket from the local authorities, policemen or even private companies. There are three common types of parking tickets: Penalty Charge Notice (PCN), Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) and Excess or Standard Charge Notices. You will be given 28 days to pay these parking tickets. The fee will continue to increase if you do not settle the fine according to the due date. The rates of these parking fines vary. (Source: gov.uk)

  1. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

In the UK, almost 3,000 drink driving-related accidents occur each year. (Source: NoPenalty Points). Drink driving wreaks havoc on the roads and will incur high fines and penalties. The usual fine is around £5000 plus three years of licence disqualification. Severe cases of drink driving may even result in 3 months to 14 years of imprisonment.

To fully understand the different driving offences, penalties and associated penalty points in the UK, please read the penalty table issued by the UK Government.

Every driver must avoid these driving offences, especially if you are using a rental vehicle. For car user-friendly rental services, please call Choice Vehicle Rentals on 01273 819 303.

The three Divisions of Sussex and their Top Destinations

Sussex is divided into three local governments: East Sussex, West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. Here is the list of destinations that you can enjoy with car hire Sussex.

EAST SUSSEX

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam Castle

Location: Robertsbridge, East Sussex

Bodiam is a moated castle that will bring you back to the 14th century. It was built in 1935 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge. It has a serene ground setting with perfect views of the Rother Valley and Steam railway.

Drusillas Park

Drusillas Park

Location: Alfriston, East Sussex

Drusillas Park is the combination of a zoo and an amusement park. This place gives you a chance to experience a face-to-face interaction with fascinating creatures including penguins and meerkats. You can also visit the Amazon Adventure and an interactive Maze.

WEST SUSSEX

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle

Location: Arundel, West Sussex

Arundel Castle is a well-restored, medieval architecture established by Roger de Montgomery. Offering an exceptionally well-designed garden and with a symbolic cathedral within the castle, it is the perfect destination for people who need some quiet time.

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve

Location: Chichester, West Sussex

Kingley Vale is a national nature reserve covering 160 hectares of land. It is the perfect destination for adventure seekers. Kingley Vale offers the perfect setting for forest activities. The area is spacious so it is best to bring your rental car with you.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE

Royal Pavilion

Royal Pavilion

Location: Pavilion, Brighton

The Royal Pavilion is a spectacular palace established between 1815 and 1822. You can find the Pavilion Tearoom, Pavilion garden and Pavilion shop that, without question, adds to the classy architecture of this place. Visitors are given the chance to explore all the castle’s amenities.

Sea Life Centre

Sea Life Centre

Location: Marine Parade, Brighton

The Sea Life Centre is a sea attraction that combines modern technology, entertainment and biological expertise to provide an unforgettable sea experience. You can have a close encounter with different sea creatures like starfish, seahorses and sharks.

Visit all these top destinations in Sussex using the Choice Vehicle Rentals service. We have the perfect vehicle for you. With all your enquiries, please call 01273-819-303.

Tips to Prevent Paying Additional Car Hire Charges

Here are some tips to prevent paying additional car hire charges:

  •  Do not allow an unauthorised person to use the rental car.

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Usually, the hirer and/or the driver who signed the car hire papers are the only authorised persons to drive the rental car. Any person who has not been permitted by the lessor in the car hire agreement should not drive the rental car. In addition, the rental car should not be used for racing, speed testing, pace making or any illegal activities that violate legislation. Although car hire companies offer insurance, damages due to accidents that are caused by people other than the registered hirer/driver won’t be covered by the policy.

  • As much as possible, avoid bringing your pets.

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There are car rental companies that do not permit pets inside their cars. Other companies charge additional pet fees to cover any possible damage to the vehicle. Pets can also leave an unpleasant smell that is almost impossible to eradicate, which can make the car hire experience an unpleasant one for those people without pets.

  • Do not smoke inside the rental car.

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Most vehicle rental companies forbid smoking in their rental vehicles, while other companies charge additional cleaning fees to remove all traces of cigarettes or tobacco. Some people think that air fresheners can cover up the unpleasant odour of cigarette smoke but the truth is, once you remove the air freshener from the car, you can still smell the cigarette. If smoking is a part of your lifestyle, please refrain from smoking inside the rental vehicle to avoid costly fees.

Aside from avoiding additional car hire charges, you should always keep in mind that other people will want to use the vehicle after you. Therefore, you should always return the vehicle in as good a state as when you hired it.

Are you planning to hire a car? Choice Vehicle Rentals is a car rental company that offers car hire Sussex services that come with reasonable terms and conditions. Please visit our website or contact us on 01273 819303 to learn more.

Driving Laws and Practices in the UK

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If you’re from overseas and you are planning to drive in the United Kingdom, you should be aware of these driving laws and practices:

  1. A person must be at least 17 years old and should carry a full legal driving licence issued from your own country to be able to drive in the UK. You should carry your driving licence with you wherever you go.

Note: A beginner’s (temporary) driving licence issued abroad is not applicable in the UK.

  1. Speed cameras are typically present all over the UK. There are particular speed limits imposed in every area:
Built up areas Up to 30 mph (48kph)
Single Carriageways Up to 60 mph (96 kph)
Motorways and Dual Carriageways Up to 70 mph (112 kph)
  1. There are different classifications of roads in the UK. These are used to lead drivers to reach their destination.
  • Motorways – Also known as ‘Special Roads’, some types of traffic are not permitted.
  • A roads – They give major transport connections within or between areas.
  • B roads – They link various areas and supply traffic amid A roads and minor roads in the network.
  • Classified Unnumbered – Sometimes referred to as C roads, they are minor roads that link unclassified roads with A and B roads. They frequently link a village or community to the remaining parts of the network.
  • Unclassified – Local roads that serve local traffic, about 60% of roads in the UK are included in this group.
  1. Never use a handheld phone or any related gadget whilst driving, as it is against the law. Furthermore, it is also unlawful to use the car horn when the vehicle is at a halt. An exception will be given for vehicles with an anti-theft device or when you are in danger because of another vehicle.
  1. Children who are 12 years old and below or those who are less than 135 cm should use the proper child restraint.
  1. Seatbelts must be worn by both the driver and the passengers (front and rear) at all times.
  1. There are numerous parking rules and regulations imposed across the UK, particularly in the cities. Illegal parking might lead to expensive fines, wheel clamping and/or towing at the driver’s expense.
  1. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited. The acceptable level of alcohol in the driver’s blood is only 0.8%.

Being familiar with these basic laws and practices in the UK is necessary, especially if you are from abroad and are planning to hire a car in the UK.

Choice Vehicle Rentals offers car hire Sussex services in different parts of the UK including Brighton, Gatwick, Crawley Eastbourne, Hove, Hove West and Uckfield. Please visit our website for more information.

Driving Minibuses in the UK

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Mini buses can hold up to 16 passengers. They can be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. Choice Vehicle Rentals, a car hire Sussex service provider, offers minibus rentals in Gatwick, Brighton, Eastbourn and Crawley.

Noncommercial use

The ‘Non-commercial use’ of vehicle means that you will not be using it for paid public transportation. The minibus will only be used for social purposes or for the family of the person who rents the minibus. Here are the conditions that the driver of a noncommercial vehicle should meet:

  • The driver must be 21 years old or above

  • The driver has had their driving licence for at least two years

  • The driver must be a Group 2 licence holder.
    (A Group 2 licence is issued to people who are capable of driving larger vehicles. This licence is also issued every five years for drivers of 65 years old and below).

  • The driver must be driving on a voluntary basis.

  • The minibus should not weigh more than 3.5 tonnes. Some specialised equipment, such as a wheelchair ramp for people with a disability, may be added to the minibus as long as it does not weigh more than 4.25 tonnes.

  • The minibus should not tow a trailer.

If the driver needs to charge fuel costs to the passenger and not for the purpose of profit, he/she needs to apply for a minibus permit. Here are the conditions:

  • The driver must be 21 years old and above.

  • The vehicle should be able to carry 9 to 16 passengers.

  • The driver must be driving the minibus for organisations that provide benefit to the community such as religious, educational and sports organisations.

You may contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to apply for a minibus permit.

Commercial use

If you want to drive a minibus for the purpose of earning, you should apply for Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) licence from the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA). You will be required to have an existing full car licence.

Choice Vehicle Rentals provides vehicle hiring services in the Sussex area. They offer many rental vehicles from cars and vans to trucks and minibuses. Just call 01273 819303 for more details.

Different Vehicles for Hire for Certain Types of Trip

Tourists and people who are going on a trip with their loved ones usually rent a vehicle because it is more convenient and practical. Choice Vehicle Rentals offers different types of vehicles for hire that are ideal for different types of trip.

  • Couple Getaway

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The perfect car for couples who are planning a getaway is the VAUXHALL CORSA A/C. Running on unleaded fuel it has better engine protection and gives a better performance compared to diesel cars. It also has additives that keep the engine clean and in good condition for a long period of time. With active safety features including the latest generation of electronically controlled stability, it has an advanced brake system as well as helpful driver assistance equipment.

  • A small family trip

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The VAUXHALL ASTRA is a 5-seater car that is perfect for a small family getaway. The car has multiple airbags for the safety of everyone, including an airbag for the driver, the passenger in front, front seat side-impact airbags and a full-size curtain airbag. The car also has a CD and MP3 player with stereo radio.

  • Group escape

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Some people enjoy spending their holidays in big groups. They can be a group of friends, officemates, schoolmates or relatives. The most advisable vehicle to hire for group trips is the Ford mini bus. It comes in different sizes including a 9-seater, 12-seater, 15-seater or a 17-seater minibus. All of these mini bus are available from car hire Sussex providers like Choice Vehicle Rentals.

To ensure that you can be relaxed and comfortable on your journey, hire your vehicle from Choice Vehicle Rentals. Contact us on 01273 819303 to book the perfect vehicle for your getaway.

Rental Vehicle Guide: Speed Limits for Different Types of Roads in the UK

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Before choosing a vehicle from a car hire Sussex provider you should first familiarise yourself first with the UK’s traffic regulations to avoid committing violations. There are different speed limits in the UK for different types of vehicles on certain roads. Here is an overview of the official speed limits for certain roads in the UK, as stipulated by the UK government:

For Built-up Roads

These are roads with streetlights, they are also known as restricted roads in the UK. For this type of road, all vehicles including cars, dual purpose vehicles, car-derived vans, cars towing caravans/trailers, motorhomes, caravans, motorcycles, buses, coaches, minibuses and goods vehicles have the same speed limit of 30 miles per hour, regardless of their weight.

For Single Carriageways

These roads have two lanes; one lane for vehicles going north and one lane for vehicles going south. Single carriageways do not have a central barrier. The speed limit on this type of road depends on the type of vehicle.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:
    • Cars

    • Dual purpose vehicles

    • Car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight

    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 50 miles per hour:

    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers

    • Car-derived vans

    • Motorcycles

    • Goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

    • Buses/coaches/minibuses with more than 12 metres in length

    • Motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 40 miles per hour:

    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

For Dual Carriageways

Just like single carriageways, dual carriageways also have two lanes for each direction. The only difference is that this type of road has a central barrier.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 70 miles per hour:

    • Cars
    • Dual purpose vehicles
    • Car-derived vans with up to two tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:

    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers
    • Car-derived vans
    • Motorcycles
    • Goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Buses/coaches/minibuses more than 12 metres in length
    • Motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 50 miles per hour:

    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

For Motorways

These are freeways or expressways wherein certain vehicles below a standard engine size are prohibited to pass through.

  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 70 miles per hour:

    • Cars
    • Dual purpose vehicles
    • Car-derived vans up to two tonnes maximum laden weight
    • Motorhomes or motor caravans with not more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight
    • Vehicles towing caravans/trailers
    • Car-derived vans; motorcycles; goods vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight; buses/coaches/minibuses up 12 metres in length; motorhomes/motor caravans more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight
  • Vehicles that have a speed limit of 60 miles per hour:

    • Buses/coaches/minibuses with more than 12 metres in length
    • Goods vehicles with more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight

Now that you are familiar with these speed limits, you may now hire a vehicle from Choice Vehicle Rentals. We offer vehicle hire services in different locations in the UK including Sussex, Brighton, Hove, Gatwick, Crawley, Uckfield and Eastbourne. Please call 01273 819303 for more details.