Drivers could be ‘breaking the law’ by leaving snow blocking a car number plate

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Experts at USwitch warned drivers could be in a “spot of bother” for leaving snow concealing digits on their number plate while driving. Drivers could be breaking the law for travelling with even a light dusting covering their plate and are urged to ensure their car is fully clean before setting off.

Number plates must be clear at all times for legal reasons so police officers can identify cars if you commit an offence.

USwitch warns even light slow cover can prevent your plate from being picked up by speed cameras if you break the law.

A USwitch spokesperson said: “While the windscreen and mirrors are the main priority when it comes to removing snow and ice, leaving your number plate concealed could land you in a spot of bother.

If you head out without clearing it, you are breaking the law and could face a fine of up to £1,000.

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“The rules apply to both the front and rear plates, so remember to check the back of your vehicle, too.

“When your registration plates are covered, it blocks you from being picked up by speed cameras and obscures it from view of police who use your reg to check if you’re taxed, insured, and have a valid MOT.

“Alongside registration plates, it’s also illegal to drive with snow on your lights, mirrors, roof, and all of your windows.

“Rule 229 of the Highway Code states that you ‘MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows’.

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“And that’s not just the part of the window in front of you – police have the right to stop and fine you £60 if any of the screen is obstructed.”

GOV.UK confirmed road users could face fines if a car’s number plate wasn’t displayed as it should be.

They also warned drivers cannot alter their plates to make them hard to read, which will include any obstructions such as snow or dirt.

They said: “Number plates (also known as licence plates) should show your vehicle registration number correctly.

“You can’t rearrange letters or numbers, or alter them so that they’re hard to read.”

“You could be fined up to £1,000 and your vehicle will fail its MOT test if you drive with incorrectly displayed number plates.”

An amber weather warning remains in place across parts of Scotland with yellow warnings stretching across the North East, East Anglia and South East.

A yellow warning for snow and ice is also in place in parts of Northern Ireland as the UK gets battered by Storm Dennis.

The Met Office warns some roads and railways are likely to be affected by longer journey times by road.

It added there would be some icy patches on untreated roads which could cause some stress for drivers.

USwitch spokesperson Florence Codjoe has urged drivers to “prioritise their safety” as road conditions deteriorate.

She said: “Drivers often feel less confident during the winter, as there’s a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the law.

“When faced with harsh weather conditions, we urge drivers to prioritise their safety before heading out on the roads, as not only could you increase the risk of a road accident, you could also invalidate your insurance and face a fine or penalty points on your license.”

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