Motorists are being urged to take a simple precaution to ensure that they arenâ€™t hit with a Â£1,000 fine during the current bad weather.
Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist has issued a warning for drivers who are putting off cleaning their cars that a dirty number plate could cost them dearly.
With the bad weather and treated roads itâ€™s easy for cars to get dirtier than usual in winter months. While thereâ€™s nothing illegal in having a dirty car, it is against the law to have a number plate that canâ€™t easily be read and the fine is up to Â£1,000.
GEM road safety officer Neil Worth says having a clear, legible number plate is vital. â€œA number plate must be readable and not covered by dirt,â€ he explains. â€œThis is to ensure a vehicle can be identified as and when required.
â€œAt this time of year itâ€™s easy for a number plate to get so dirty that it cannot be read. This is usually caused by muck on damp road surfaces that ends up on the rear of a car.
â€œAlthough there is no law against having a dirty car, the law is very clear when it comes to keeping your number plates clear; you risk a Â£1000 fine if you allow it to become obscured.â€
To keep within the law you donâ€™t need to keep your entire car clean but, Neil Worth suggests, simply get into the habit of giving your plates a wipe before every journey.
â€œIt makes sense to get into the habit of giving your number plate a regular wipe â€“ every day when conditions require. Do the same for your front and rear lights, and you will be doing your bit for safety during this risky time of year,â€ he added.