DRIVERS have been warned not to hang air fresheners, cotton dice or football flags from their rearview mirrors – or face fines and points on your license.
Even a sticker on your rear windshield can get you in trouble with the police and lead to a fine if it is found to obstruct your view of the road.
While it’s not entirely illegal to have decorations or stickers on your windshield, anything deemed to prevent you from having a full view of the road can attract £100 spot penalty and three penalty points on your license.
And if you try to challenge the penalty in court, you could be fined up to £1,000.
The Highway code states: “Windows and windows must be kept clean and clear of obstructions to vision.”
And Road traffic Law says: “No man shall drive a motor vehicle on the road if he is in a position where he cannot … see the whole road and the traffic ahead.”
This practice can also affect your insurance if you are in an accident.
The insurance company is unlikely to cover any damage or injury from a collision if your vision is affected by the decorations.
Motorists may also fail to reach MOT for leaving items hanging from their rearview mirror as service centers will not approve the vehicle until they are removed.
Regulations have become stricter since Taxi driver fined for hanging feather dice and two air fresheners from their rearview mirror when they were involved in a fatal collision with a pedestrian in 2008.
Rebecca Ashton, IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving behavior, said: “Anything hanging from the rearview mirror or anything on the windshield can limit a driver’s field of view, Things people use tend to vary, from air fresheners and dice hanging from mirrors to fans, large sat-navs, and even using iPad navigation.
“Missing something because you have something out of your sight can be extremely dangerous. A good driver requires special observation skills, seeing things early allows you to anticipate and plan responses. with hazards.
“We recommend placing it low on the windshield, on the right hand side, and if possible in an area where the windshield wipers are not obvious. The main thing to remember is that you should always try to stay out of sight. driver’s view.”
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