Is it illegal to leave snow on my car roof? – The Irish sun

A COVER of snowfall can make any neighborhood look prettier.

However, if you leave snow on the roof of your car, you are at risk three points and a £60 fine.

Snow left on your roof could get you fined


Snow left on your roof could get you finedCredit: Alamy

Is snow forbidden on the car roof?

While there is no law that says it is illegal drive with snow your car risks obscuring your vision or affecting other drivers if you decide to do so.

If you are caught by police driving with snow on your car (even on the roof) or an officer sees it falling from your vehicle onto the road, you can be fined £60 and three penalty points to your Driving license to be added.

The fine is consistent with Section 229 of the Highway Code, which outlines Proper guidelines for driving in adverse weather conditions.

The rule states that drivers “remove all snow that could get in the way of other road users.” This could pose a potential hazard to other drivers.

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Can I drive with snow on my windshield?

No, you should clear snow from your windshield before driving as this could be dangerous not only for you but also for others.

An AA representative said drivers could face stiffer penalties if snow falls from their car onto another vehicle.

You could then be accused of “Driving without due regard for other road users“.

This carries a fine of £100 and up to nine penalty points if you cause an accident.

Jack Cousens, the AA’s head of road transport policy, said: “If snow falls from the roof of your car onto your windscreen or flies into the lane of another car, you could find yourself in trouble that was entirely avoidable.

“With the help of a soft brush and very little effort, you can avoid penalties by sweeping away the snow.”

Storing your car under a roof can help — and it has a nice side benefit, too.

“If you can, park in a garage or undercover to save time and keep you warm a little longer.”

How much fine can I get?

You can be fined £60 if caught by police driving with snow on your car or if snow falls from your vehicle.

If snow falls from your car onto another vehicle, you can be fined £100.

In extreme cases, if an incident ended up in court, the consequences could be even more serious.

The driver might even be Charged with “negligent driving” and face a penalty of between 3 and 9 points and a maximum fine of £5,000.

You can be too fined for not completely removing the frost from the windshield and De-icing while the engine is running could void your insurance. Is it illegal to leave snow on my car roof? – The Irish sun

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