Drivers at risk of hefty £2,500 bill for breaching common winter driving rule

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Drivers at risk of hefty £2,500 bill for breaching common winter driving rule

Motorists could be slapped with a staggering £2,500 fine and driving ban for failing to clean their car windscreen due to a simple driving law, according to experts at LeaseCar.

The specialist warned that winter is the dirtiest season on the roads with asphalt covered in salt, grime and mud.

This can inevitably be sprayed onto car windscreens and windows potentially blocking motorists’ view of any obstacles.

LeaseCar have warned drivers could therefore be in breach of the Highway Code as well as the 1986 Road Vehicles Regulations which carries a major punishment.

Tim Alcock, spokesperson for LeaseCar said: “We are advising motorists to ensure they clean their windows and windscreen as soon as they notice any mess to avoid any harsh penalties.

“From road salt build-up to condensation, motorists must ensure their windscreen and windows are completely clean for a full view of the road.

“When the weather is particularly bad, try and give the vehicle a proper clean at least every two weeks to stop any build-up of dirt.”

Motorists who travel without a full view of the road will likely be hit with a £1,000 penalty charge and three penalty points on a driving licence.

Under some circumstances, road users could even be banned from the roads with a discretionary disqualification.

Those behind the wheel of heavier models such as a bus or coach will be hit with an even harder £2,500 fee.

Serious cases may also see motorists found guilty of careless or inconsiderate driving in a major concern.

Advising motorists hoping to take action, Tim pointed out that homemade cleaners can be just as effective as items available in stores.

He added: “Motorists can use store-bought windscreen cleaners or a vinegar solution to tackle the grime and get sparkling results.

“It may seem like a pain, but with rising fuel and insurance costs, the last thing drivers need is a hefty driving fine for failing to clean their vehicle properly.

“Ignoring regular cleaning advice could land drivers with a £1,000 fine, three penalty points and a discretionary disqualification for having an obstructed view of the road because of dirt build-up.

“Those driving a PCV or goods vehicle face an even higher £2,500 fine for not having a clear view of the road ahead.

“The Highway Code and road laws may feel like they are there to catch drivers out, but they are ultimately keeping road users safe.”

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