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Weight a minute! Are heavy cars really law breakers?

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Hummer EV weighs more than 4 tonnes (Picture GMC)

British drivers can now buy a car that is so big it won’t fit into our parking spaces. And younger owners will even need an HGV licence to drive it. The all-electric GMC Hummer EV might be exceptional but it’s an example of how cars are continually growing.

Some reports are even suggesting that drivers could inadvertently break the law because they might have the wrong licence to drive such heavy cars. We investigate.

How heavy are today’s cars?

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Penalty points costing UK drivers millions

Penalty points

Getting points on your licence for offences such as speeding can prove costly

If you have points on your driving licence you could be paying a premium that’s almost double what it would cost you without any points. The most recent government figures show that of the UK’s 46,113,543 licence holders, 2,346,367 have penalty points on their driving licence. And a new survey has revealed that Britain’s drivers are paying £132 million more than they need to in insurance premiums because of those penalty points.
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