Nanaimo RCMP are reminding people to take the time to clear the snow off their vehicles after a driver received a $109 fine for failing to do just that.
Traffic enforcement officers saw the pickup truck, with its licence plate and back window covered with snow, driving down Rutherford Road Wednesday morning.
The driver was pulled over and received a $109 fine under the Motor Vehicle Act for driving while vision is obstructed. He also received a warning for driving with a licence plate obstructed. A full licence plate and insurance decal must be visble while driving.
O’Brien said leaving snow on a vehicle is hazardous because the snow on top of the vehicle can melt when the interior of the vehicle warms up then fall forward onto the front windshield.
“Snow can fly off and hit pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers,” O’Brien added.
O’Brien said Nanaimo RCMP have issued warnings to a handful of other drivers this week.
Nanaimo RCMP are not the first department to send out a notice on clearing vehicles this week. On Monday, Richmond RCMP ticketed someone for driving down the road with the only the side windows cleared off.
For safety's sake, please take a few moments and clear all of your windows of snow. pic.twitter.com/4w5KwdtT48
— Richmond RCMP (@RichmondRCMP) February 11, 2019