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Drivers in France can be fined over €400 for snow on car

In the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the fine for driving with snow on the roof is a straight €450

16 January 2021
By Connexion journalist

Motorists driving with snow on their cars risk being fined over €406 based on cumulative fines for offences such as snow falling from the roof, and licence plates and windows not being cleared. 

In Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, though, the fine for driving with a thick layer of snow or ice on the roof is a hefty €450, local paper Nice Matin reported. 

The fines relating to driving with snow on the car are as follows:

  • Licence plate not visible: €90
  • View not cleared on the front and sides of the vehicle: €90
  • Wing mirrors not cleared: €90
  • Indicator lights not cleared: €68
  • Snow falling from roof while vehicle is in motion: €68

These fines are cumulative so for a driver caught breaking all these rules, they are liable to face fines up to €406.

Drivers can also face an additional €180 fine if snow falling from their car roof causes an accident. This will also not be covered by insurance. 

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