Warning to motorists that dirty number plates could land them a huge fine

Motorists have been warned they could be pulled over by the police and fined if their number plate is caked in mud. Roads across Lincolnshire are covered in mucky water and dirt as we reach the halfway point in winter. As a result, many vehicles in the county are looking worse for wear.

Now, drivers have been warned that if th mud covers up their number plates and they don’t do anything to fix it they could get a huge fine. Although there is no law saying you can’t have a dirty car, there is a law saying you have to keep your plates clear.

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The Highway Code says that drivers must take special care to maintain their car and ensure it is working properly. It states: “lights, indicators, reflectors and number plates MUST be kept clean and clear”.

According to GEM Motoring Assist anyone found with a dirty and unreadable number plate could receive a fine of GBP1,000.

Motorists are responsible to ensuring their number plates are easily readable

One road safety campaigner says motorists should be making sure their number plates are clean whenever they get in the car. Liz Waters, who is a retired truck driver, says she has seen some vehicles driving around the Sleaford area with covered number plates for weeks. “It’s just getting so bad,” she said. “You’re supposed to a number plate that is readable – if you go through a speed camera or are in an accident people won’t get the details.

“There was one lady who said she was hit by a car but couldn’t get the registration plate as it wasn’t clear.

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“The roads around here are so muddy with the tractors. People don’t make sure their number plates and headlights are clean. Liz, from Billinghay, says that it’s not too much to ask and she’s not expecting people to stop if their car gets muddy in the middle of a journey.

“People keep saying they haven’t got time everyday, but you don’t need to get it completely cleaned,” she said.

“There’s no excuse.

You can just wipe it with a cloth – it takes seconds.”

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