Brit drivers warned they face a £5,000 fine if their car is too messy

Drivers have been warned they could face a £5,000 fine or even prison if their vehicle is too messy.

Some Brits leave empty coffee cups and drink bottles in their car as well as fast food packaging without thinking much about it.

However, experts are warning that leaving rubbish in the car can become a hazard if the debris gets stuck under the pedals.

While having a messy car isn’t a crime, it can fall under Rule 237 of the Highway Code, which states they must drive with due care and attention.

This means the person behind the wheel has failed to meet the standard required of a competent driver and hasn’t shown due consideration for other road users, TeessideLive reports.

It can be dealt with at the roadside by way of a £100 fine and three points on your licence.

In extreme cases, this can result in up to nine penalty points and a fine of up to £5,000.

If it results in a crash that results in serious injury or death, it could lead to jail time.

It’s worse if the motorists have caused a fatal accident due to a lack of care, which can bring an unlimited fine, a driving ban or up to five years in prison.

Andrew Jervis, the co-founder of ClickMechanic, an online marketplace for car repairs, said: “Few of us can honestly say we’ve never left a little rubbish in our vehicles.

“However, it’s important to be aware of all of the potential hazards that could arise, and empty drinks containers are certainly one of the most common.

“They can move around as we drive and if one manages to roll its way into the pedal area, it could spell disaster if it becomes lodged underneath the brake or distracts the driver.

“In extreme cases, it might even be looked upon as a case of driving without due care and attention, which could land you with up to nine penalty points and a fine of up to £5,000.

“If it results in a crash causing serious injury or even death, this could earn you a lengthy ban and see you end up in front of a judge, facing time behind bars.

“So it’s much better to keep your vehicle free from mess as not only does it create a better driving environment, it could help prevent a terrible crash or severe consequences.”

A study by Nottingham University boffins found traces of Staphylococcus and E coli – which can cause serious illness – when they swabbed the steering wheels, gear sticks and footwells of messy motors.

ClickMechanic’s Mr Jervis added: “There seems to be a correlation between a messy car and drivers who ignore more serious issues with their motors.

“It’s definitely worth getting into the habit of keeping your vehicle clean and tidy, and if you think there is anything wrong mechanically get it checked out by a training mechanic.”