It’s cold, dark, snowing, and we’re in a hurry to get to work. Before we set off, we have to clear the snow from the car. Carelessness may result in a high fine.
While patrolling the city, police officers from the Cieszyn traffic police noticed a driving car that resembled a large snowball. His driver only had time to clear the snow from the windshield, forgetting about the rest of the car, including the lights.
Driving a car without snow removal is dangerous and expensive
The officers stopped the vehicle for inspection. Behind the wheel was a 33-year-old man who explained that he had not cleared the snow from the car because he was in a hurry to go to the swimming pool. Before the police gave him a costly ticket, they explained that he had broken the regulations and, moreover, driving a car that had not been cleared of snow posed a significant threat to other road users. Firstly, due to the snow-covered windows, his visibility was limited, and secondly, the snow-covered rear and side lights meant that he could not be seen by other drivers.
“A vehicle participating in traffic must be constructed, equipped and maintained in such a way that its use does not endanger the safety of its occupants or other road participants, does not violate traffic order on the road or expose anyone to harm, ensures a sufficient field of vision for the driver and easy, comfortable and confident use of devices for steering, braking, signaling and lighting the road while keeping an eye on it” – art. 66 Road traffic law.
Driving a vehicle that has not been cleared of snow or one whose driver’s field of vision is limited due to frozen windows is an offense. For breaking this regulation, a driver may receive a fine of up to PLN 3,000.