You could be risking a £1,000 fine for not keeping your car clean and here’s why..


It might not be against the law for motorists to drive around in a dirty car but doing so with a dirty number plate could land you in hot water.

Millions of drivers in the UK risk a hefty fine because they don’t keep their car clean. If you get pulled up by the police for having such a dirty number plate that it can’t be read properly, you could be handed a fine of up to £1,000.

If you drive around in a filthy car you run the risk of being noticed by the police and if you’re number plate is obscured by dirt or grime it could cost you a lot more than a trip to a car wash would have done!

The wintry weather conditions do make it harder to keep our vehicles clean but a quick visit to a local car wash, or an hour at the weekend washing it yourself could make all the difference and prevent your car from being spotted by the police – remember, a dirty car stands out like a sore thumb!

According to a DVLA spokesman: “There is a specific offence under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 of obscuring or allowing a registration mark to be not easily distinguishable.

Got a dirty car on the front of your house?

You could be risking a £1,000 fine for not keeping your car clean © Copyright Paul Bryan and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


Research by found that two million drivers in the UK have never washed their car, whilst one in 10 have failed to clean their car within the past year.

Apparently, motorists in Oxford drive around in the filthiest cars, followed by drivers in Cambridge, then Norwich and Leicester.

On the opposite end of the scale however, drivers in the town of Aberystwyth, West Wales, seem to take great pride in their cars, so too in Gloucester and Birmingham.

According to the UK price comparison websites’ research, three out of 10 drivers have no idea that driving around with an obscured number plate could land them with a hefty fine, whilst one in 10 (8%) of motorists confessed that in the past they have been asked by an official to clean their vehicle’s number plate.

The best advice to avoid being hit with such a huge fine is to keep our cars clean, concentrating especially on the number plates, lights, mirrors and windows.


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