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Car Mascots and English Law

 


Over the years, along with changes in the design of cars, awareness of safety issues began to increase. The radiator grille cap, the traditional location for a car mascot, disappeared, and the popularity of mascots began to decline.

 

Many people think that it is illegal to mount a mascot onto a modern motor car. This is not the case. There are two relevant sections in the statute law, and these should be taken into consideration before mounting a mascot:
Regulation 53 Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 states: "No mascot, emblem or other ornamental object shall be carried by a motor vehicle first used on or after 1 October 1937 in any position where it is likely to strike any person with whom the vehicle may collide unless the mascot is not liable to cause injury to such person by reason of any projection theron."
Section 40A Road Traffic Act 1988 as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991 states: "a person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle.... on a road when.... the condition of the vehicle..., or of its accessories or equipment.... is such that the use of the motor vehicle.... involves a danger of injury to any person."

 

In conclusion I would sum up the issue with S.40A of The Road Traffic Act [1991] by stating if a mascot of any shape, style or form spring loaded or otherwise is attached to your vehicle then has the registered keeper of the vehicle you would be liable for any injury caused to a person should you come into contact with them directly or indirectly. You could also be reported under the aforementioned Section for having the mascot installed.

 

Hope this clarifies the issue?

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