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#1 24-12-10 01:30:46

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snow on roof

Is it an offence in UK not to clear snow of your roof before driving or is it advisable??


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#2 24-12-10 07:45:06

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Re: snow on roof

HWC 229 mentions ;

•remove all snow that might fall off into the path of other road users

Snow on your roof could, under braking fall forward blocking your view ahead. So its certainly sensible and I would advise it.
But it doesn't seem to be an offence if it affects you, just if it affects other road users.


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#3 24-12-10 08:31:41

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Re: snow on roof

Techinically its not an offence. If you drive around in an igloo with just a little hole to see out of, yes it'll be careless driving. I have snow on the roof of my car, is it an offence? no because it won't cause a problem to anyone else as its only a covering thats frozen on it.
If you think about it, your out and about and it starts to snow. You get home and realise you have an inch of snow on your roof. how can you account for that? every car out on the road is the same. how do the police enforce that? their car will also be the same.
we should always clear as much as we can but sometimes we are at the mercy of the weather.

I got all the above from my local policeman at the petrol station and also my local force force on twitter said they won't be issuing fines for having snow on your roof.

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#4 24-12-10 09:05:56

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Re: snow on roof

Is it an offence in UK not to clear snow of your roof before driving or is it advisable??

Advisable because IF that snow (or ice) causes a problem to any other road users then the driver leaves themselves open to prosecution

There is no specific offence for this like there is for using handheld mobile phones for example so if there is a prosecution the authorities will look at prosecuting under existing laws such as driving without due care and attention


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#5 24-12-10 09:11:58

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Re: snow on roof

It depends on which part of the country you are driving in, here in Edinburgh the police have been pulling and prosecuting drivers with snow on the roof. The police issued a warning on local radio. We had 1.5m of snow fall over a couple of days. People were actually driving around with 1.5m of snow on top of their cars. They cleared the front windscreen jumped in the car and drove off, leaving a huge pile of snow on the bonnet and the roof!

I saw one car stop at traffic lights coming down a hill the snow on the roof slid forwards and covered the windscreen and bonnet, the driver and passenger had to get out and dig the snow off the windscreen whilst a queue of traffic waited behind them.

There is no specific offence for failing to remove snow from the roof of a car, similarly there is no specific offence for overtaking on the left. But the police can prosecute under a number of catch all laws.


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#6 24-12-10 15:33:57

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Re: snow on roof

maybe its not an offence, but we can think of loads of problem if that ice and snow is not cleared, which may well lead to an offence.

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#7 24-12-10 16:21:29

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Re: snow on roof

There was a story recently about this:

It's too long so I'm going to have to do this  :oops:   roll .... Clickety-clickety Here

It came from the Daily Mail originally:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article … -roof.html

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#8 02-01-11 11:24:24

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Re: snow on roof

It's always good to think about safety when we're driving if there a lot of snow on top of your car it's best to move it off just for the safety side, as someone as said you can't help what the weather dose when were out in it.......


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#9 17-01-11 10:38:15

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Re: snow on roof

Not clearing snow from your car, not just the roof but the whole car could be deemed as driving without due care and attention.  As well as it possibly sliding forwards covering your windscreen under braking, it could always slide off sideways and hit a pedestrian etc, or get blown off backwards and land on the windscreen of a following car or even hit a scooter rider or motorcyclist.


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#10 18-01-11 21:57:53

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Re: snow on roof

I think the best thing to do before your journey is think ,, could this situation be a danger to me or others. If the answer could be yes, then you have to sort it. If it's a detonate no then your ok.


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