Driver Fined By Police Because Car Was So Messy It’s Dangerous

by : Lucy Connolly on : 17 May 2019 15:32

Alright, let’s be honest with ourselves for a second. How many of us have a messy car, or at least know someone whose car is a complete tip?


Let’s face it, it’s easy to just chuck something in the backseat after a long day and forget about it until it eventually becomes part of the furniture. And then repeat with several other ‘somethings’ every day for a few weeks…

Until it becomes a bit too messy and you have to do something about it, at which point you just have a bit of a spring clean and restore it to its former glory.

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One driver took it one step too far though and has been fined by police and received points on their licence because their car was so messy ‘it was dangerous,’ police have said.


The driver was pulled over by Thames Valley Police in south Buckinghamshire, England on Monday (May 13) when police noticed the mess inside.

After being given a fine and points on their licence, the driver was then arrested for an unrelated matter.

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Thames Valley Police posted a picture of the car to their ‘Roads Policing’ Twitter account, informing their followers of the mess they saw when they pulled the vehicle over.

The picture clearly shows multiple takeaway wrappers, drink containers, and what looks like sheets of paper covering the entire foot-well of the vehicle. In fact, there’s so much litter strewn everywhere that it looks nearly impossible for the driver to reach the peddles.

Police described the situation as ‘dangerous,’ pointing out that rubbish was even found behind the foot peddles, reducing their efficiency significantly.

The tweet read:


Stopped this in Marlow today. A tidy cab=A tidy mind. This was so bad it was dangerous, rubbish under foor [sic] pedals.

Points on licence & fine. Driver was arrested for an unconnected matter. PC4459 Pilling #JOUCVU

It isn’t just a messy car which could land you with a hefty fine either; did you also know that you can be punished for using your mobile phone to pay for food at a drive thru?

As per the Metro, using contactless pay on your mobile phone while your engine is running – even if you’ve stopped at the drive thru – could land you with a £1,000 fine and six points on your licence.

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Not only that, but according to CarTakeBack, it’s also against the law to drive with snow on your car roof, charge people for giving them a lift, and deliberately splash people with puddles.

So, yeah. Don’t say I don’t ever warn you about anything.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Life, car, Crime, News, Police, Transport, UK News


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