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In France, having a clean car is mandatory. Attention, we are not talking here about a car with a clean bodywork to look pretty. This is the windshield, which must indeed be maintained. This is for safety reasons, to ensure good visibility for drivers.
And if this is not respected, pay attention to the sanction. A third category fine can quickly fall for offenders. Article R316-4 of the Highway Code is indeed unequivocal on this subject:
“The windscreen of motor vehicles must be fitted with at least one windscreen wiper having a surface of action, power and frequency sufficient for the driver to be able to see the road clearly from his seat. -brise must also be fitted with a windscreen-washing device.” “Any operation likely to reduce the safety characteristics or the conditions of transparency of the windows (…) is prohibited.”
68 euros fine in case of dirty windshield
A third category fine means 68 euros to be paid for drivers. The latter will drop to 45 euros in the event of advance payment. The latter can happen in the event of a lack of visibility but also in the event of a problem linked to the defective windshield device or if the windshield washer reservoir is empty.
Elements that should be particularly checked during episodes of rain containing sand dust from the Sahara. The latter quickly tend to affect cars. However, you should be careful when washing your vehicle. Washing must be done with plenty of water, because wipers, brushes or even a sponge can leave scratches.
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To sum up
In France, having a car that is too dirty can lead to a fine. This mainly concerns the windscreen, which must be cleaned and functional in order to have good visibility and ensure the safety of drivers on the roads.