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Laws around running out of fuel

With the ongoing fuel panic, many motorists may be tempted to skip the queues and run on little fuel.

But before you fancy chancing it, it might be worth considering the law behind driving with little or no petrol in the tank.

Running out of fuel isn’t illegal in itself, but any careless or dangerous driving that results from it could see you punished by law.

If you’re forced to stop in the road and cause an obstruction, you could receive a penalty of £100 and three points on your driving licence.

In a worse scenario, if your empty fuel tank leads to a road traffic collision, you could be issued with nine points and an unlimited fine.

Careless driving carries an unlimited fine, which could run up to around £5,000 and up to nine penalty points.