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A poorly-placed air freshener could land you with a £1,000 fine…

A poorly-placed air freshener could land you with a £1,000 fine…


Drivers are breaking the law if their view of the road is obstructed in any way — including large air fresheners

Think carefully before using a hanging air freshener in your car, as you could inadvertently land yourself a £1,000 fine.

Though according to the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act, driving with large air fresheners isn’t illegal itself. However, having your view of the road obstructed in any way is.

It’s stated by Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 that: “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.”

Any number of objects in your windscreen could technically be classed as obscuring your view — be that air fresheners, sat-nav systems or large decals across the windscreen amongst other items.

It’s also stated by the Highway Code that "windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free from obstructions to vision”, meaning police could pull you over for large items that may appear to block your view of the road.