dog & cat
The cat’s out of the bag with this one. It’s been a long time coming but drivers are finally feeling the full force of the law where travelling with their pet is concerned. Those who forgo properly securing their dog or cat in their vehicle are being slapped with fines of up to £5000, thanks to a new drive to enforce Rule 57 of the highway code.

The Law

Rule 57 of the Highway Code specifically states: ‘When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly.’

‘A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.’

On the spot fines for being distracted by your animal or failing to secure them whilst driving come to £100 on average. If the driver fails to cooperate, the case goes to court and can result in a maximum fine of £5000.


Pets are known to distract drivers. They don’t know how important it is that the driver concentrates when in control of a vehicle, so it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure their pet cannot distract them in any way.

Impact on your insurance

Many insurance policies do not cover drivers who are travelling with their pet unrestrained. If you have an accident and the insurer finds that an animal was loose in the car, this is grounds for them to refuse a payout.

If you are one of the three quarters of dog owners who travel with their pooch in the car, it would be wise to invest in a cage style carrier, a seat belt harness or a boot bar. Same goes for cat owners, half of which take their kitty for a ride in the car at least once a week.

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