£60 fine and 3 license points for driving with snow on car roof
Posted on December 30, 2010 by Number Plates
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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