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How getting ice, snow or dirt on your headlights could land you a £1,000 fine

Fadu News 2018-12-04 09:52:21

Drivers can be fiend if snow or ice builds up on your headlights (Image: GETTY)

While there is no law preventing motorists from driving around with a dirty car there are certain errors that could see them land a hefty fine.

If you fail to keep your headlights clear and clean then you could be fined £1,000.

Police officers could pull you over for failing to keep your car’s headlight free from being covered as this could be incredibly dangerous.

Snow, ice or dirt could build up over the lights and indicators which could reduce the car’s visibility and not meet legal road requirements.

Brightness could be significantly reduced which could impact your ability to see the road and visibility to other motorists at night or in dim conditions.

The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989 states: "No person shall use ... on a road a vehicle unless every lamp, reflector, rear marking and device ... is in good working order and, in the case of a lamp, clean."

The Highway Code also reiterates the important of keeping the car's lights clean and clear.

Rule 229 states that drivers "MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible."


Snow, ice and dirt can reduce a car's visibility (Image: GETTY)

Motorists caught travelling around with lights that are obscured by snow, dirt or ice could land an on-the-spot fine of anywhere between £30-£100.

This could soar to around £1,000 if the case goes to court.

Rodney Kumar, IAM RoadSmart spokesman, said: “It's essential that you can see and be seen when visibility is poor – it can make all the difference between having a routine journey and one that ends in tragedy.

"Driving with dirty lights is a serious safety issue which can be corrected in a matter of seconds … why take the chance? Check, clear and clean before you go.

"You could end up with an instant £50 fine – that’s money you could easily use for something more pleasant this season.”