UK drivers with dogs in the car be aware

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of safely restraining animals in cars.”

Being in breach of this advice can see drivers facing on the spot fines of up to £1,000, a maximum fine of £5,000, nine points on their license and even a driving ban and compulsory retest.

Wasn’t aware of the fines but thought some of you might want tot get their own harnesses if they take dogs out in their car.


Thank you for this important piece of information @Goodboyjakey I have moved this to the Owner Sitter Exchange Category as it applies to everyone transporting dogs in cars and not just in the UK or because it’s the law, it’s for the safety of both the humans and pets inside and outside the vehicle.

I mentioned this some months ago as I hadn’t been aware. Hardly any of the owners have been aware either, which surprises me, but obviously I can’t force them to comply. If I travel with dogs in my car I usually put them in the boot taking out the parcel shelf, but of course if someone crashed into the back of me they could be seriously injured or worse.

If we bought our own harnesses, as sitters, we’d need more than one because of the different sizes of dogs. This should not be something a sitter should have to supply but the owners…


Agreed @Smiley that it is something that the owners should have but sometimes they don’t or they drive off to the airport with it in their car so to be sure, because it is my car and therefore my responsibility, we have a harness.
We have a bungee type with a splitter for two dogs. Gives me peace of mind that the dogs aren’t going to distract me and I am complying with the law for the price of £11.


Can you give me the make of it please?


Slow Ton Car Harness bought from a large online retailer.

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Thanks for the info :blush:

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You can buy a fitting that on one side clips into the regular car seat belt holder and the other side just attaches to the regular dog harness D clip. It only costs about £3.00 from the B & M which has a lot of dog supplies including canine peanut butter


Not every dog has a harness though, but I wish they would as I hate leads fixed to collars

Yes Smiley, the dog needs to have a regular harness with the d loop on between the shoulders.