British drivers face hefty £2,500 fine for breaking little-known motoring rule

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Britons could be slapped with a whopping £2,500 fine for breaking a little-known driving law, according to experts.

Road users could be issued heavy charges for simply hanging an air freshener in their vehicle, something usually handed out at car washes.

Specialists at LeaseCar warn that the 1986 Road Vehicles Regulations make it illegal to travel if the driver does not have a clear view.

Although an air freshener may seem like a minor infringement, it may be used against motorists in some situations.

Tim Alcock, spokesperson for said: “Many seemingly innocent driving acts can get drivers into trouble so it’s worth knowing the law and taking steps to be on the right side of it.

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“While having an air freshener hanging in the car isn’t explicitly illegal, it is against the law to not have a full vision of your surroundings and this kind of obstruction can block out part of the view ahead.

“It is also an offence to be driving while distracted, so if the air freshener is affecting the driver efficiently assessing their surroundings for potential hazards and this results in an accident they could be charged with a distracted driving offence.

“With the cost of living crisis affecting Brits, the last thing they need is a hefty fine for a preventable mistake.”

Failing to have a full view of the road could see car owners slapped with a £1,000 fine and three points on a licence.

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Meanwhile, motorists behind the wheel of goods and commercial vehicles such as buses or coaches could be handed a higher £2,500 bill.

In more serious cases, drivers could even be found guilty of careless or inconsiderate driving under the Road Traffic Act 1988.

Mr Alcock admits it was not just air fresheners which could cause a major concern with other visual obstructions also a risk,

He added: “It is worth noting that this applies to everything that could cause a potential obstruction, such as satnavs and dashcams, so it is important that drivers carefully position car accessories.

“Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, and it is very easy to miss pedestrians and other road users without an entire field of vision.

“If having a fruity-smelling car is important to you, consider hanging it on the back of a headrest or simply put it in the cupholder.

“To be safe, avoid hanging an air freshener or any decoration like fluffy dice or car charms from the front-rear mirror.”

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