Fines for rear view mirror decoration?

Recent news reports have stated that hanging items such as air fresheners from your rear-view mirror could land you with a £1,000 fine. What is the truth?

The DVSA sent us a statement to clarify the situation:

“The DVSA encourages drivers to follow the guidance as laid out in the Highway Code and The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986; Drivers Control 104 with regards to ‘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.’
“If it is apparent at the beginning of a driving test that any obstructions are obscuring the driver’s view or potentially causing a distraction then they will be asked to be removed in the interests of the health and safety of the driver, the examiner and the general public.”

The Highway Code states: “Windscreen and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision.”

If something hanging from your mirror, or a sticker on your windscreen prevents you from having a full view of the road, you could receive an on the spot fine of £100 and three penalty points if it is preventing your from having a full view of the road. The fine could increase to £1,000 if the case goes to court.

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    Kevan Chippindall-Higgin DipDE

    The problem with rosaries, air fresheners and other things dangling from the rear view mirror is that not only to the obstruct the view in the main eye line, but they move.

    The eye is attracted to movement, particularly anomalous movement. By this I mean something out of the ordinary. For example, a load of shoppers in a busy high street. They are walking up and down the pavement, in and out of shops. Fine. Then someone changes direction towards the pavement edge. That is the anomalous movement to which the eye is (hopefully) drawn.

    However, with something swinging around all the time, they eye becomes used to constant, distracting and random movement which can only make the spotting of a genuine movement harder to detect. On top of that, some of these fresheners are fairly large and obstruct a considerable amount of the pavement, certainly enough to hide a person.

    They are an all round menace and should all be removed.

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