Brit drivers warned they face a £5,000 fine if their car is too messy 1 month ago

Brit drivers warned they face a £5,000 fine if their car is too messy

Those empty bottles and coffee cups could actually be life-threatening

Drivers in the UK could face a £5,000 fine if their car gets too messy, because litter in a vehicle can actually prove fatal.

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Having a filthy car is not currently a crime, but it can fall under Rule 237 of the Highway Code. This states that drivers must drive with due care and attention.

If you're pulled over for failing to do this, the issue can be dealt with there and then, with a £100 fine and three points on your licence. But in severe cases, drivers could end up with nine penalty points and a £5,000 fine.

So, how can having a dirty car actually become dangerous?

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Andrew Jervis, the co-founder of ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repairs, told Teeside Live: "Few of us can honestly say we’ve never left a little rubbish in our vehicles. However, it’s important to be aware of all of the potential hazards that could arise, and empty drinks containers are certainly one of the most common.

"They can move around as we drive and if one manages to roll its way into the pedal area, it could spell disaster if it becomes lodged underneath the brake or distracts the driver."

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If it resulted in death or serious injury due to a lack of care, it could lead to an unlimited fine, a lengthy driving ban or jail time.

"So it’s much better to keep your vehicle free from mess as not only does it create a better driving environment," Jervis added, "it could help prevent a terrible crash or severe consequences.”

The expert said there seems to be a correlation between a messy car and drivers who ignore more serious issues with their motors.

"It’s definitely worth getting into the habit of keeping your vehicle clean and tidy, and if you think there is anything wrong mechanically get it checked out by a training mechanic," he said.

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