£60 fine for driving with snow on car roof

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£60 fine and 3 license points for driving with snow on car roof

Driving with snow on your car roof could land you with a £60 fine and three points on your license.

And if you find it hard to believe, check rule 229 of the Highway Code

Rule 229 states before you set off

• You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows

• You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible

• Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly

• Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

• Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted

Police say motorists could be prosecuted for careless or inconsiderate driving if they are involved in an accident and it is deemed that snow on the roof was a factor.

Motorists could face a £60 fine and three points on their license if snow on the roof of their car contributes to an accident. This could apply if snow falls forward onto a driver’s windscreen, obscuring the view, or backwards causing a hazard for motorists travelling behind them.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: ‘Many people are not aware of the hazard that snow on their cars can cause. Falling snow can be dangerous for all road users.’

Rule 229 of the Highway Code states, in a section entitled ‘driving in adverse weather conditions’, that snow should be removed from your car.

The full rule says: ‘Before you set off you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows. You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible, make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly.

‘Remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users. Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted.’

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  • Ian Leedham

    Highway code is not law, the clue is in the name. Police could use it as evidence that you were not following best practice and as such driving dangerously but as the same rule states you should also check the weather forecast it is unlikely they could make it stick, especially as the rule states that you “MUST” clear your windows but only “SHOULD” clear your roof

  • Gee

    I beg to differ on the roof thing. We braked at the top of our drive and all the snow from the roof filled the whole windscreen totally blocking our view. If we had been on the road we could easily have crashed.

  • Stuart Herriot

    I always clear my windows. front, back and sides. But the snow on the bonnet (hood), boot (trunk) and roof often freezes during the night and would damage the paintwork and chrome as it would need scraped of.

  • jim34

    It’s not bull shit , if you have had snow slide off your roof of your car wen you brack and cover your windscreen then you would not make a silly comment like that , Grow up ,

  • Paul David Drabble
  • faloc

    well that’s un-avoidable in Nordic countries, including Russia, glad we dont have bullshit rules like this xD the Roof doesnt matter, the window does…

  • Steve Ault

    Can YOU not read?

  • Jez ‘Northern Nutter’ Brook

    I think he was more referring to ” Check your planned route is clear of delays and that no further snowfalls or severe weather are predicted”

  • Agalt

    No it means that you should remove snow from your car before you set off!!! can you not read?

  • j08

    Does that mean you should NOT set off for work if snow or adverse weather is forecast?