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Drivers at risk of £2,500 fine and three points for wiper blade error – how to check


You could be deemed to be driving a car in a dangerous condition if broken or blunt wiper blades stop you from clearing your windscreen properly – here’s how to check yours are in working order

Having broken wiper blades could carry a hefty fine
Having broken wiper blades could carry a hefty fine

Drivers could risk being fined up to £2,500 for not replacing the wiper blades on their car.

This is because you could be deemed to be driving a car in a dangerous condition, if broken or blunt wiper blades stop you from clearing your windscreen properly.

If your wiper blades aren’t working, then your visibility of the road could be affected while you’re driving.

As well as risking a £2,500 fine, you could also see three points added to your driving licence, according to National Tyres and Autocare.

If the offence is committed within three years of a previous conviction for a similar offence, then you could be disqualified from driving for a minimum of six years.

Failure to have proper control of a vehicle or full view of the road and traffic ahead also carries a fine of £1,000 – or £2,500 for passenger-carrying or goods vehicles.

Section 40a of The Road Traffic Act: Using a Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition Part II, states that: “A person is guilty of an offence if he uses, or causes or permits another to use, a motor vehicle or trailer on a road when the condition of the motor vehicle or trailer, or of its accessories or equipment is such that the use of the motor vehicle or trailer involves a danger of injury to any person.”

Michael Bourne, Group Marketing Director of National Tyres commented: “Windscreen wipers are pivotal to safety and being able to see those around you, yet there are so many people unaware of how important it is to keep them in the best possible condition.

“The last thing a driver wants is to realise their visibility is compromised by defective windscreen wipers when they’re travelling at speed or when the weather suddenly turns bad.

“With winter just around the corner, it’s important that motorists are mindful of their own safety and the condition of their vehicle is of paramount importance to other road users.”

Have you successfully appealed a driving fine? Let us know: mirror.money.saving@mirror.co.uk

How to check your wiper blades

Your car can fail its MOT if your windscreen wipers don’t work properly or they don’t clear your windscreen effectively.

National Tyres and Autocare has provided the following tips to check yours are in working order:

  • Check your wipers don’t leave streaks and smears behind when they remove rain, debris, or dirt.
  • Check if the rubber on your wipers is cracked or split in any way.
  • Make sure your wipers are not bouncing off your screen rather than smoothly gliding across the surface of the glass.

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