MOTORISTS have been warned to keep their car clean or risk being fined £5,000.
It comes after new rule changes to the Highway Code in 2022, which could see Brits face penalties for previously allowed practices.
According to the Highway Code, parts of your engine must be “kept clean and free from obstruction of sight” or you could be hit with a hefty fine of up to £1,000.
However, your case could also go to court and the penalty could then increase to a very costly £5,000.
To make matters worse, you can receive up to nine penalty points if the court deems it appropriate.
Even in the event of an accident through no fault of your own, you could still be penalized if a court finds that the outcome could have been mitigated or prevented had you had clearer vision.
An AA spokesman said: “Drivers have a legal obligation to keep their vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition.
“So if the windscreen is so dirty that it affects your ability to drive, you could be fined.
“However, it’s easily fixed and easily avoided with basic cleaning and maintenance.”
If your vision is obscured while driving you are in breach of Regulation 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.
Lights, turn signals, reflectors and license plates as well as windshields and windows must be kept clean and clear.
Other engine experts urged drivers not to expect to get away with a slap on the wrist.
IAM RoadSmart’s Neil Greig said: “If a dirty windscreen prevents you from driving safely, you should expect to be caught and charged.
“Not having a clear view when the sun is low is a really serious problem.
“If you don’t take a clear opportunity to keep your windscreen clean, the courts will take it very seriously and will almost certainly increase your sentence, fine or suspension.
“It only takes a few minutes to wipe the inside of the screen and topping up the washer water bottle should be part of any basic regular car check.”
As summer approaches, motorists could also be fined £5,000 for not using their air conditioning properly.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8738870/warning-drivers-hit-5000-fine-unclean-car/ Warning as drivers could be fined £5,000 for not keeping your car clean