Cop says lorry windscreen obstructed by cuddly toys ‘worst I’ve come across’

Police in Kent have said a lorry windscreen obstructed by dozens of cuddly toys was the "worst" they’d ever seen.

The driver was stopped after officers noticed his dashboard full of soft toys and other memorabilia which blocked his view of the road.

Characters including Homer Simpson, Batman and Donald Duck made an appearance on the Scania heavy goods vehicle, which was photographed by cops on Thursday.

The image was later uploaded to Twitter, KentLive reports.

The light-hearted tweet carried a serious message however, with officers warning of the dangers of having an obstructed windscreen view.

The tweet said: "This chap wins the record for most obstruction of view awards…That’s the worst I’ve come across."

Not only did the windscreen feature Bart Simpson, Homer Simpson, Batman, a Minion, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, a dog and a garden gnome, it also contained a tasseled silk curtain and two novelty number plates, with one bearing the name of Turkish president, Recep Erdogan.

And with all that insulation it is perhaps not surprising the driver required a face level fan.

A Turkish flag sticker can also be seen on the right hand side of the windscreen.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers stopped a lorry driver for having an obstructed view during the afternoon of Thursday 3 May on the A282 near to the Dartford River Crossing.

"Officers found that he was also over driver hours and he was fined a total of £700."

What is the law on windscreen obstruction?

According to the Department for Transport, Section 3 of Regulation 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (SI 1986 No. 1078 as amended) requires that:

All glass or other transparent material fitted to a motor vehicle shall be maintained in such condition that it does not obscure the vision of the driver while the vehicle is being driven on a road.

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