You could be fined £1,000 for having dirty number plates

dirty number plates

Motorists could be risking a £1,000 fine if their number plates are obscured by dirt.

Our roads get ever slushier in the winter season. As the salt and grit mix with the rain, the backs of our cars are gunking up almost overnight. If it’s dirty enough for the plate to be unreadable, you could be in trouble.

GEM Motoring Assist has highlighted the issue and is advising that motorists check and clean their car before every journey.

How do you go about cleaning your plates? It’s not as though they’re delicate like paint, so a bit of a scrub isn’t out of the question. A few paper towels soaked in hot water should do the trick.

“Although there is no law against having a dirty car, the law is very clear when it comes to keeping your number plates clear; you risk a £1,000 fine if you allow it to become obscured,” said Neil Worth, GEM road safety officer.

“A number plate must be readable and not covered by dirt. This is to ensure a vehicle can be identified as and when required.”

dirty number plates

As well as your keeping your number plates clean, it’s essential to ensure your lights are beaming out as they should. Our mucky and damp roads are more than a match for a set of headlights after enough exposure, and with the short days and long nights, lights are at their most essential at this time of year.

“It makes sense to get into the habit of giving your number plate a regular wipe – every day when conditions require. Do the same for your front and rear lights, and you will be doing your bit for safety during this risky time of year,” said Worth.

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