If so, you might want to remove it to avoid being fined!
Motorists in the UK are being warned about hanging air fresheners, fluffy dice or other such objects on their rear-view mirror, as doing so could lead to an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points.
And if the case ends up in court, this fine could rise to a hefty £1,000 and three points on your driving licence.
According to the Highway Code: “Windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision.”
Whilst it might not be illegal to hang fluffy dice or an air freshener from your rear-view mirror or position a sat nav on the windscreen to follow a route, you could be punished if any such object caused an obstruction that leads to your field of view from being totally clear or even impacts your reaction times which could potentially cause an accident.
“No person shall drive or cause or permit any other person to drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is in such a position that he cannot have proper control of the vehicle or have a full view of the road and traffic ahead,” states the Road Traffic Law.
Furthermore, your insurance provider might not pay out on a claim in the event of an accident if it is proven to have been caused by an obstruction/decoration inside your car.
“Anything hanging from the rear-view mirror or anything placed on the windscreen could restrict the driver’s view… things people use tend to vary from air fresheners and dice hanging from the mirror to fans, large sat-nav’s and even using the navigation on an iPad,” said Rebecca Ashton, head of driver behaviour at IAM RoadSmart.
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