Drivers warned of £1000 fine for common Christmas tree mistake

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Drivers warned of £1000 fine for common Christmas tree mistake

Drivers warned of £1000 fine for common Christmas tree mistake
2021-12-02 17:43:00
As Christmas approaches and the cold weather has arrived, motorists are regularly reminded to drive accordingly to the weather conditions. As people are getting into the festive spirit, there are other factors to consider, including transporting Christmas trees and blasting out yuletide songs. Here are some things you can be fined for and the rules to follow in order to avoid having to fork out this holiday season. Click here for more traffic and travel news. Driving with snow on your roof and windscreen While many may be dreaming of a white Christmas, snow is a big hazard for drivers. As well as causing delays and unsafe conditions it can also dent your wallet. Only clearing ice or snow from part of your windscreen, known as ‘Portholing’, can lead to up to three points on your licence, as well as a £60 fine. By law, every glass panel must be visible out of and you must have a clear view of the road from all angles before you set off. While it is not illegal to drive with snow on your roof, it could put others or yourself at risk. If loose snow were to fall it could obstruct your vision, or fall onto the car behind and impact their ability to see. You could then be charged with 'driving without due consideration' or 'using a motor vehicle in a dangerous condition' – which again can land you in a lot of trouble. It is always advised to fully wipe snow and ice from your roof and every window. Leaving your car running while defrosting the windscreen Despite defrosting your car to make your driving conditions safer, you can actually be committing a crime if done incorrectly on a public road. According to the Road Traffic Act 1998, it is an illegal offence to leave your engine on while clearing snow and ice from outside your vehicle on a public road. The offence can also land you an initial £20 fine, so always make sure to turn your vehicle off before exiting. Snow or ice blocking your number plate If you do not clear any ice or snow obscuring your front and rear number plate you could receive a fine of up to £1,000 from Local Authorities. The Law states that all number plates must be clearly visible, as obstructed number plates can affect your car being picked up by speed cameras or police checks. So, it is important to make sure there is no snow, ice or grit covering them before you set off this Christmas. Putting decorations on your car While it may look festive, decorating your car this Christmas can also lead to fines, invalidate your insurance and result in driving bans. One of the main risks is if any decorations obstruct your view, so you should avoid putting any decorations on dashboards or windows. Effecting your view out of the windscreen can lead to three

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