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Why you could have to pay £1,000 if your car is dirty

With fuel prices on the rise every week, no driver wants to be stung with a hefty fine for not cleaning their car properly.

It’s something that some drivers do not think about and if neglected it could land you in hot water with a fine of up to £1,000. That is why it is so important to make sure your car is in tip-top shape this spring and the Easter holidays will provide the perfect time to spruce up your car.

Halfords car cleaning buyer, Jamie Louram shares his advice on what to look out for to avoid a penalty and to make sure cars are clean, tidy, and safe to drive this season.

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Number Plates

Having an obscured number plate can land you in hot water, with fines of up to £1,000 if the letters and numbers can’t be seen. You can also rack up a fine of £1,000 and even an MOT failure for incorrectly displaying your number plates, so double-check you’re following the requirements while you give your car a spruce


Any kind of dirt or grime on the windscreen can be incredibly dangerous as it can impact your view. In some instances having a dirty windscreen could be seen as careless driving and land motorists with a fine of up to £100 and points on the license if an accident occurs as a result. Grime can build up on the windscreen over time, so give it a good wash to ensure visibility is at its optimum whilst out on the roads.


Whilst there is no fine for having a messy interior, clutter if bad enough can also fall under the careless driving rule leading to a fine of up to £100. As a general rule, keep your car clutter-free to avoid any dangerous situations such as things getting stuck under the brake pedal or blocking your view.

Mirrors – It’s crucial to check that your mirrors are clean and clear every time you use your car, as anything that may obstruct your vision will make it dangerous to drive.

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