Van drivers have been warned that driving with a seriously chipped or cracked windscreen could land them with a £2,500 fine. The warning comes as research by the breakdown provider Green Flag found that almost four out of five drivers were unaware that this was the case. A damaged windscreen is a common occurrence, with over a third of drivers reporting a chipped or cracked windscreen within the past two years. Green Flag says this rises to half of all drivers in London. As the cost to repair a windscreen chip averages £40 to £118 – and a full windscreen replacement going as high as £1,650 – one in 10 drivers admitted to waiting for the chip to get worse before getting it repaired.
Over a quarter of drivers said they would only get the issue repaired if it stopped them from seeing. However, vehicles which are found to be driving with a seriously chipped or cracked windscreen could lead to three penalty points and a fine of up to £2,500. Alongside the safety implications, Green Flag also warned that a chipped windscreen could make a van fail its MOT. If there is a 10mm windscreen chip in the driver’s field of vision, then the car will not pass. According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), 405,595 cars had visibility issues when checked during an MOT between October and December last year.