Don’t drink and ride this Jubilee – how drunk passengers risk a £2,500 fine


Anyone hoping to get drunk over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend is warned to be careful who they go home with.

With more than 180 million pints expected to be downed over the long bank holiday weekend, many will end their nights on their way home via a lift in a drunken stupor.

But if you’re driven home in the wrong car, you could end up with a whopping £2,500 fine.

Insurer Veygo has issued a warning to those considering being driven home by a learner driver, as anyone supervising a designated learner driver while over the legal drinking limit may end up with the fine and 10 points on his licence.

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Or, if found to be extremely intoxicated, they could be banned from driving – even when not driving.

Enjoy the drinks, but be careful how you get home

Veygo chief executive James Armstrong said: ‘Many of us will want to make the most of an extra day off this bank holiday by having a few drinks, so arranging for post-pub lifts will be the focus people.

“A college student or teenager just learning to drive, looking to practice more and earn some extra money might seem like a good candidate.

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“Parents of learner drivers – or their friends – might be tempted to offer money for a taxi in exchange for a ride home, and cash-strapped learners might be happy to accept.

You could end up with a driving ban, even if you're not driving
You could end up with a driving ban, even if you’re not driving

“But many people don’t realize that accepting a learner’s pick up, no matter how confident, means that as a trained driver you are responsible for controlling the vehicle. This means you must follow the rules you would normally follow if you were driving, including being under the drink-driving limit.

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Mr. Armstrong also stressed that those getting into the car with a learned need must be over 21, have held a license for more than three years and also be insured on the car they are in.

The latter can be resolved by taking out temporary insurance.

He added: “If you’re planning on having a few drinks, it’s best to avoid currying favor with learners and chaffing among those with full driving licenses over who the designated driver will be.”

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