Drivers urged to check their licence plates for this simple problem or you could face a £1,000 fine if you ignore the advice

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MOTORISTS who are driving around with dirty number plates which cannot be read could be slapped with a £1,000 fine.

Drivers are being urged to always check their registration plates and give them a wipe in order to avoid hefty penalties.

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If you don’t take extra care to make sure your registration plate is visible at all times – you are committing a driving offence.

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If police think your number plate is obscured by grime, you could be hit with a £50 on the spot fine or taken to court, where you could be fined up to £1,000.

A DVLA spokesperson said: “There is a specific offence under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 of obscuring or allowing a registration mark to be not easily distinguishable.

The spokesperson added: “All registration numbers must be displayed clearly and correctly on the number plate – this helps the police, enforcement agencies and members of the public to correctly identify a vehicle to assist road safety and traffic enforcement.”

Regularly cleaning your car will help make sure you don’t end up breaking the law.

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