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

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Anyone hoping to get drunk during the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend is being warned to be careful who they get a lift home with.

As more than 180 million pints are set to be downed over the extended bank holiday weekend, many will end their night thumbing a lift back home in a drunken stupor.

But if you get a lift home in the wrong car, you could end up with a huge fine of £2,500.

Insurer Veygo has issued a warning to those who would consider getting a lift home from a learner driver, as anyone supervising a designated learner driver while they are over the legal drinking limit can end up with the fine, and 10 points on their license.

Or, if deemed to be extremely drunk, they could end up getting a ban from driving – even when they’re not at the wheel.

Chief Executive Officer of Veygo James Armstrong said: “Lots of us will want to make the most of an extra day off this bank holiday by having a few drinks, so making arrangements for post-pub lifts will be at the front of people's minds.

“A student or teenager who is learning to drive, looking to get in some extra practice and earn some extra cash might seem like a good candidate.

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

“But many people don’t realise that accepting a lift from a learner – no matter how confident they are – means that, as a qualified driver, you are responsible for control of the vehicle. This means that you must comply with the rules you would normally adhere to if you were in the driving seat – including being under the drink drive limit.”

Mr Armstrong also pointed out that those getting in the car with a learned need to be aged over 21, have held a licence for more than three years and also be insured on the car they are in.

The latter can be solved by taking out temporary insurance.

He added: “If you're planning on having a few drinks, it’s best to avoid pulling in favours from learners and draw straws among those with full driving licenses as to who will be the designated driver.”

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  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
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