Having a dirty windscreen could land you with a £1,000 fine

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5 Apr 2022, 15:07

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Is your car in need of some TLC?

Don't let it end up being an expensive mistake.

Many drivers aren't aware of the latest updates to the Highway Code.

The new changes could see motorists being hit with big fines if they aren't careful with the cleanliness of their car.

One of the updates says that windscreens and windows "must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”.

If not, then drivers will face fines up to £1,000.

After the fine, if a motorist is then taken to court the fine may increase to £5,000.

The driver also risks receiving up to nine penalty points.

It would be a breach of Regulation 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.

An AA spokesperson told The Mirror: "Drivers have a legal responsibility to maintain their vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition, so if the windscreen is dirty to such an extent that it’s affecting their ability to drive safely, they could be fined.

"However, it’s easily rectified and easy to avoid through basic cleaning and maintenance."

Another new change means drivers are expected to give way to pedestrians who are waiting to cross the road.

Phone use is also being made stricter.

Drivers can still use it for navigation as long as it’s in a secured area and you don’t touch it while driving.

However, other uses could cost you a £200 fine and six points on your licence.