Drivers who fail to wash their cars properly could be hit with expensive fines.
Motorists could be slapped with a staggering fine of up to $450 and lose three demerit points if their licence plates aren’t displayed cleanly and clearly.
The Facebook post by NSW Police has advised that ‘not washing your car properly,’ by ‘neglecting’ cleaning the licence plate could end up costing you.
According to Clause 25 of the Regulation in the NSW Roads and Maritime Services, plates must be ‘clear and clean,’ and must not be obscured, defaced or otherwise not legible.
You can also get stung for licence plates that are not properly displayed or are hard to read.
In another post by the NSW Police, they state that number plates are not allowed to be hinged.
‘They must be securely fixed to prevent them swinging out of sight. $448 + 3 points.’
While the laws and penalties vary in each state, social media users have been quick to criticise the NSW laws on the Facebook post.
Facebook user, Lizzie Maree West, highlighted the implication with water restrictions, saying ‘… we can’t wash ours on level 6 water restrictions…’
She also added ‘you get fined for everything these days.’
However, not all Facebook users criticised the post by the NSW Police Force.
Other users seemed to agree with the less-known law.
Nathan Stansbie was one supporter, commenting ‘Yep I’d agree with this fine.’
Despite the hefty fine in NSW, other states in Australia have higher penalty rates.
Car owners in South Australia could be fined up to $474 with an additional fine of $60 for the victim’s levy, which covers the cost of support sought for victims.
In Western Australia, road users with ‘obstructed’ licence plates can be hit with a fine of up to just $100.
In Victoria, road users are hit with a moderate fine of $161.
The state with the lowest penalty rate is the Northern Territory, with just a $70 fine for a licence plate that is ‘not displayed properly.’