It's November 5th and once again, households up and down the country will be hosting fireworks parties for friends and family.
But did you know that hosing a Guy Fawkes Night shindig could cost you £300 in fines? Here's how to be savvy, stay safe and avoid facing unnecessary penalties that you may not have known about.
By carrying too many fireworks in your vehicle, you could be invalidating your car insurance policy - this could not only mean that you face a fine, but also this could result in six driving licence penalty points.
In addition, if you were involved in a vehicle collision while transporting these fireworks, your insurance company could refuse to settle any appertaining claim.
For the avoidance of doubt, if motorists do not have a firework storage licence, the legal weight limit for carrying explosive materials is 50kg; this is for the fireworks themselves and not the total weight of the box.
The amount of explosive material in fireworks usually ranges from 10% to 25% of the total weight but this should be checked on each individual firework (percentages will vary).
With this in mind, if you are hosting small Guy Fawkes Night garden party, it is unlikely that your fireworks will tip you over the 50kg limit.
On the other hand, if you and involved with setting up or organising your local Bonfire Night display or suchlike, this could mean that there is potential for you to transport over 50kg, so check before you head out.
On another note, it is also safest for motorists to not store fireworks near to or inside parked vehicles. After transporting explosives, it is advised that they should be taken out of vehicles as soon as possible and stored in a dry, secure place away from the car or van.
Head of driver behaviour at IAM RoadSmart, Rebecca Ashton, said;
"Put the fireworks in a spark-resistant box - packs of fireworks usually come in cardboard, but individual ones can be loose so a plastic box with a fitted lid would be ideal.
"Remember don't get carried away in the shop as you can't transport more than 50kg of fireworks unless you hold a special permit, check your insurance as there could be something in the small print.
"Most providers will cover the carriage of fireworks for a personal display, but always worth checking so you don't invalidate your cover."
All Vehicle Contracts Ltd Published: Nov 5 2018