Quote: Originally posted by fran1000 on 05/3/2017
In the last few days, I have seen 2 different people driving with their dogs sitting on their laps!
Gives me one of my "I wish I was a traffic cop" moments.
Grips me too Fran. £200 fine and 6 points in my opinion.
An old work colleague took great pleasure in telling me his Jack Russell, which was sat on his lap whilst driving along an A Road near Axminster, leapt off his lap and scurried along the dash of his car..........After a mouse!
He soon realised my displeasure. 😀👍
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As far as I am aware there are no laws requiring a dog to be restrained in a car, however, driving with one on your lap could be construed as driving without due care and attention. Having a dog held on a front seat passengers lap is no offence. Although the highway code advises restraining animals there is no actual law...unless somebody wants to correct me.
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I have always carried ours in the rear with full height dog guard.
Except when they was a pup, (8 week old) and carried on one of the passenger lap.
If you have a dog like ours at 45kg floating around in the boot with no dog guard, then your asking for trouble if you brake hard.
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There is no law saying a dog must be restrained. But as you say Bob61, having one loose in the car and causing a distraction could be construed as an offence. What is definitely an offence is to allow your dog to run loose on the highway, so if a dog escapes from a car and causes an incident (even if that escape is as a result of an accident), you'd be liable.
Our JRT has a harness and is clipped to the rear seat-belt buckle. I'm sure there are occasions when her restraint wouldn't be 'safe', but she can't roam round the car and distract the driver, nor can she get out of the car, so I'm happy with our arrangement.