Drivers warned of £5,000 fines ahead of Qatar World Cup

Football fans getting excited about the World Cup in Qatar are being warned not to get carried away behind the wheel or they could face fines of up to £5,000.

The host nations are preparing for their opening matches at the World Cup, with the tournament due to start this weekend when Qatar take on Ecuador on Sunday afternoon.

But as excitement mounts, drivers have been warned playing classic football anthems while driving could result in hefty fines. The warning comes from Lotus Car Rental.

Singing loudly, dancing in your seat and being too excited behind the wheel could put you at risk of being distracted from your concentration on the road. Evidence of distraction prior to an accident could result in prosecution or dangerous driving or driving without care or attention.

Lotus Car Rental CEO Alexander Haraldsson said: “As we saw last year at Euro 2020, the outpouring of support from English fans across the country has been incredible and as we As we approach the start of the World Cup, the excitement is already starting to build. build for the tournament.

“While it may be tempting to crank up the volume of your favorite English tracks in the car, it’s essential to make sure you’re fully focused on the road when driving. By maintaining your focus, you’ll avoid increasing risk of accident, as well as a heavy fine.

“While you cannot be arrested for playing loud music, if the police believe it is causing a distraction such as blocking out other road users’ audible safety warnings such as their horns or an ambulance siren , they can penalize you.”

Although the warning is aimed at England fans, Wales fans will also be in good spirits with the national team appearing in the tournament for the first time since 1958. So it may be wise to avoid playing Yma o Hyd in your car for the next few weeks.

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