Snow joke! Motorists face fines for driving with snow on car roof
Driving with snow on your car roof could land you with a £60 fine and three points on your licence.
And if you find it hard to believe, check rule 229 of the Highway Code.
The warning comes as a member of the public spotted some hazardous driving on Lea Road in Tiverton, which they captured on camera. The image shows a car being driven by an elderly lady, and was taken on January 6.
The lady, who was driving to pick up food and medication, was spoken to by police who also provided her with an ice scraper.
Officers also spoke to the lady’s neighbours and have asked them to offer help in the future.
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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.
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.’
However Greater Manchester and Suffolk have gone on record to say they could pursue prosecutions if the uncleared snow was deemed to have contributed to an accident.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said ‘We haven’t made any prosecutions, but we could if snow gets on the windscreen and there is an accident.