By Peter McLaren-Kennedy • 19 March 2022 • 22:30
You can be fined for driving a dirty car
Almost all of Spain was hit by an atmospheric phenomenon that has dumped sand everywhere, but did you know that you can be fined for driving a dirty car?
The sand that comes in from the Sahara not only changes the colour of the sky, which can orange in the haze, but also deposits sand on anything that is exposed.
When combined with a little moisture the sand can turn even the most pristine areas into mud baths, with cars usually the worst affected. This is a time when the car washes are most active with queues looking to have the dust removed.
There is good reason for doing this, not only does it make your car look nice it can also help to maintain the paintwork. Perhaps the most important reason however is the view taken by the DGT, which could result in a fine for vehicles that aren’t clean.
As reported by the newspaper La Verdad , the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) may consider that excessive dirt on your vehicle a danger, specifically if the windshields and windows are covered with mud.
If a traffic officer considers that the state of your windscreen wipers does not allow you to see the road well, you can be fined between 80 and 200 euros.
According to the regulations: “The glass surface of the vehicle must allow, in any case, the driver clear visibility on all the road on which it is driving.”
Not only must the glasswork be clean, so too must the license plate is too. If it is not visible or illegible, that too could result of a fine of 200 euros.
A dirty car can be a danger to both the driver and passengers of the vehicle but also other road users, and it is for that reason that you can be fined for driving a dirty car.
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Originally from South Africa, Peter is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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