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Drivers warned how running out of fuel could end up leading to a £5,000 fine

The last few days have seen long queues at forecourts and even petrol station closures across the country.

However drivers are warned that they could end up with a hefty fine, and even points on their licence, if they let their tanks run empty amid the nationwide fuel shortages.

Following the scenes of the last 24 hours, the Government has introduced temporary measures to tackle the shortage of HGV drivers.

But petrol supply c ontinues to run a little low at the moment.

Motorists are urged not to take a risk with their fuel and instead try to fill up as soon as the fuel light indicator comes on – or even before this if possible.

When the fuel light comes on, in most vehicles that means there 10 to 15 per cent of your tank left filled, according to the RAC.

Running out of fuel could land you a hefty fine and points of your licence

While running out of fuel is not in itself illegal, the chaos that it can cause may lead to charges, fines and points on the licence.

This is because motorists could be charged with careless driving, which is punishable by law.

Running out of fuel on a busy road could cause a collision, or simply just create a hazard for other drivers.

Breaking down due to an empty tank and causing an obstruction on the road could see drivers walk away with a £100 penalty and three points on the licence.

Letting a car run to empty puts those on the road at extreme risk, and people could be taken to court if a broken down car is to cause an accident.

Nine points could be added with an unlimited fine given, depending on the severity. The fine usually runs up to around £5,000.

Car insurers are also unlikely to provide cover for accidents caused by running out of fuel. This means that they insurance company probably won’t pay out, resulting in another hefty bill to settle.

Neil Greig, IAM RoadSmart Director of Policy and Research, told the Express: “We have very little sympathy for drivers who run out of fuel on the motorway.

“There is no excuse for entering a motorway with low fuel or if you know something is wrong with your car.

“A breakdown puts you and your passengers at very high risk – many fatal crashes on a motorway involve a stationary vehicle.”

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