We all know someone who has a decoration dangling in their car, whether it’s a keyring, air freshener or even fluffy dice. However, there is a possibility that if that person is you, a whopping £1000 fine could be coming your way.
“The DVSA encourages drivers to follow the guidelines as laid out in the Highway Code. The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986; Drivers Control 104 with regards to ‘No person shall drive or cause or permit any other person to drive, a motor vehicle on a road if he is in such a position that he cannot have proper control of the vehicle or have a full view of the road and traffic ahead”.
“If it is apparent at the beginning of a driving test that any obstructions are obscuring the driver’s view or potentially causing a distraction then they will be asked to be removed in the interests of the health and safety of the driver, the examiner and the general public.”
It is also worth mentioning that in the highway code, it clearly states.
“Windscreen and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”.
This means that a small item will most likely not create any obstructions. However, if you have a large item hanging from your rear view mirror, or an incorrectly placed sat nav that does cause an obstruction, not only are you putting yourself and other drivers in danger, you could receive a maximum fine of £1,000 and 3 penalty points.
The fine is easily avoidable if you keep your windscreen clear. Small air fresheners and ornaments that don’t restrict your view of the road are acceptable.