An expert says a mistake in packing luggage can lead to a £1,000 fine

School holidays are approaching and with them many families will be heading out and about in the coming weeks. However, one thing holidaymakers and campers are not expecting is fines of over £1,000 if they break the law.

Expert Nick Millerchip, from campervan conversion specialist Van Junkies, has given advice on how to avoid breaking a little-known road rule when travelling. Nick said: “Under Section 41B of the Road Traffic Act 1988, it is a serious offence to drive an overloaded vehicle that exceeds weight restrictions and requirements.

“So don’t let your camping trip be marred by the dangers and legal issues that come with overloading your vehicle. Camping gear can pile up surprisingly quickly, and exceeding your car’s weight limit is a recipe for disaster.

“Not only could you significantly compromise your handling and braking, putting yourself and others at risk, but you could also be caught and fined heavily. Fines for exceeding the weight limit can vary depending on the severity of the offence, but start at £100 and can go up to a staggering £1,000.

“Take the time to weigh your car and camping gear before you set off on your trip. It’s a simple step that can ensure a safe, ticket-free trip.”