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  1. Tootles

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    Just had one of those on line updates from my insurance company......I was just about to junk it when I read this:

    NEVER HEARD OF IT!!
    And so I checked, and yes, you are now breaking the law to have anything attached to the windscreen other then a tax disk...........:Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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    Does that mean i can have those pesky parking wardens arrested for sticking tickets on mine ? can i sue nissan for sticking the mirror on my car screen?
     
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    A quick google round various sites seems to suggest that as long as the "obstruction" is outside what's known as the "swept area" of the windscreen then you are ok.

    "swept area" being that part of the screen that the wipers cover.

    That seems reasonable to me.

    Steve :Smile:
     
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    No problem for me. I hate clutter in my cars.

    Coincidentally, I noticed a BMW driving down my village high street yesterday with the entire vertical centre section of the windscreen almost fully obscured by a suction-mount phone / nav holder. It can't be terribly safe when your vision is impeded that way, although I accept the nav unit is in a good position for visibility.

    But notice the wording: 'could now be considered'. Not 'will' or 'shall'. I think any prosecutions will be for those using multiple devices or with a device clearly in the drivers line of sight or maybe even an excessive size.

    Those drivers being 'sensible' and placing a device low-down and not in the way, I'm sure, will be left well alone.

    Then again, also consider the possible distraction combination of recent legislation for smoking whilst driving with the above. What next?
     
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    There are big jumps here. The highway code is not the law. A mobile phone holder won't necessarily obstruct vision. Nowhere is a tax disc mentioned as far as I can see.
     
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    I seem to remember seeing a few Cop programs with just about every device know to man stuck on the windscreen:Rofl1:
     
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    BUT, if you have your sat nav suction thingie at the bottom centre of the screen, (as most do), then that's swept area???

    It seems that interior mirrors and tax disk holders dont count, as they are 'a legal requirement'.....
     
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    That comes as no surprise - I've yet to encounter any BMW driver that was using his windscreen for the normal purpose (ie seeing what was in front of them).
     
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    Oddly enough I have always put my satnav under my rear view mirror as that is always the natural place to look...
     
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    It dosent have to. The sheer fact you have it on the screen seems to be the problem. Just 'phoned my mate in Lancashire Traffic Police. He laughed......Yes, they pull peeps for other stuff, and then do them for that as well once seen, which seems a bit of a s**t trick to me, but hey, points make ££££££££££££££££££££££s :Sad:
     
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    Basically be sensible where you position your 'Sat Nav' for example not smack bang in the middle of your windscreen where it clearly obstructs your view and you will be fine 'common sense' prevails me thinks and yes 'The swept area' is correct.

    Safe and Happy Travelling :Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile:
     
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    trying to find the full monty on this


    This relates to windscreen mounted cameras, but the concept it seems is the same for all windscreen mounted devices. Also, the picture relates to the 'swept area'.

    http://suction-mounted-car-cameras.blogspot.co.uk/
     
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    Whatever next?........... I'll tell you what next, a couple of years ago I was done by the local police whilst holidaying in the states....... :Blush:

    See here
     
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    I remember being told a few years back that a car could fail its MOT if it had an air freshners hanging from the mirror no idea if that's correct.
     
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    Hmm..... I have just got my Parking Permit for Zone 1 in Edinburgh.This is to be clearly visible on the windscreen and is about three times the size of a tax disc! I will let the police and the City Council fight that one out!:Smile:
     
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