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Police have shared an image of the inside of an incredibly messy car, crammed full of takeaway wrappers, old newspapers and crisp packets.
Kent Police shamed the driver of the vehicle, which was later seized after it was found the driver had no MOT, no insurance and no vehicle excise licence.
The odd sweet wrapper or dropped crisp from the our colleagues on handover all of a sudden doesn't appear so bad. The inside of a car stopped and seized today for no insurance, no MOT and no vehicle excise licence. #RSU GS pic.twitter.com/aPko8TZihq— Kent Police RPU (@KentPoliceRoads) April 25, 2022
As you can imagine, the scruffy motor has attracted plenty of attention from fellow Twitter users who were left feeling grossed out by the post.
One person wrote: “That makes my skin crawl.”
Another said: “Disgusting on all counts.”
A third commented: “God! can you imagine what their home must look like?”
While a more positive-thinking tweeter added: “At least it’s inside the vehicle and not been chucked out the window!”
And as well as looking grim, experts have previously warned that having a manky motor could end up with you getting fined.
While there’s no specific rule against having your car like a tip - if it becomes too cluttered or filthy that it poses a potential risk to your ability to drive then you might be in trouble.
If you’re found to be driving without due care and attention, police can give you a £100 on-the-spot fine and three penalty points on your licence. If it’s a more serious case, you could end up hauled before the courts where you’ll face a £2,500 fine or even a driving ban.
Jamie Louram, Halfords car cleaning buyer, told the Express: "Whilst there is no fine for having a messy interior, clutter if bad enough can also fall under the careless driving rule leading to a fine of up to £100.
"As a general rule, keep your car clutter-free to avoid any dangerous situations such as things getting stuck under the brake pedal or blocking your view.
"If you do tend to err on the side of messy when it comes to your car, a bin is a great solution.
And while you’re there, make sure your car isn’t too dirty on the outside either - because you can also be fined if your windscreen and mirrors are too filthy to use or if your licence plate is obstructed.
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