It is not illegal to drive with pyjamas on in the UK
17th Feb 2020
It is illegal to drive in pyjamas in the UK.
It is not. The article this claim is based on is an April Fool’s joke.
A post claiming that it is illegal to drive with your pyjamas on has shared hundreds of times on Facebook. The post shows a snippet of an article presented in a Google search as evidence for the claim.
However, the article shown in the Google result screenshot is an April Fool’s Day joke from 2017. The parody article also claims that sneezing and wearing slippers while driving would be shortly banned.
The Highway Code’s recommendation for drivers clothing is as follows: “You should ensure that clothing and footwear do not prevent you using the controls in the correct manner.”
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because it is not illegal to drive in pyjamas.