There is a common myth that it is illegal to drive around with the interior light of your car on.

It seems, however, that this is incorrect and there is no direct law prohibiting it.

The Highway Code does not say that drivers must not turn the light on while behind the wheel.

Of course though, there is good reason why some people may believe the contrary.

While it is not illegal to have the interior light on while driving there are number of caveats to the rule.

When turned on the light must not distract the driver or shine out of the back windscreen to obstruct the view of anyone that is travelling in a vehicle behind.

So, while it is not illegal a police officer could still pull you over and ask you to turn if off if they deem it to be necessary.

The RAC states: “There is no law against this [interior light].

“However, if a police officer pulls you over and adjudges your interior light to be a driving distraction they have the right to tell you to turn it off.”

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