Premier League ace Troy Deeney fined £865 for driving Mercedes with ‘dangerous’ tinted windows

Premier League ace Troy Deeney fined £865 for driving Mercedes with ‘dangerous’ tinted windows

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WATFORD ace Troy Deeney has been fined £865 for driving a car with dangerously tinted windows.

The one-time England hopeful, 31, was pulled over in a swanky Mercedes Benz on London’s North Circular road last May.

Deeney was fined £865 for the offence
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Traffic cops flagged him down after realising that his windows were dangerously dark.

They were tested with specialist equipment and found to be below the legal limit for light penetration.

Prosecuting, James Tucker told Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court: “The officer noticed the windows were very deeply tinted.

“The officer classed it as a dangerous condition for pedestrians. He was told not to drive at night.”

Deeney pleaded guilty to a charge of driving a car in a dangerous condition.

Defence lawyer Mark Haslam told the court his client had made the “necessary changes within a short period of time”.

What does the law say about tinted windows?

The law states for cars registered after April 1 1985, the front windscreen must let at least 75 per cent of light through and the front side windows must let at least 70 per cent of light in.

For older classics that pre-date this, the front windscreen and front side windows must both let at least 70 per cent of light through.

Laura Newton, transport solicitor at Rothera Sharp, said: “A lot of people will be advised about it first as police have a flexible approach – they want it rectified.

“Normally they’ll give them a notice to produce documents within 14 days to prove it’s been sorted.

“If you have a car with tinted windows, go and get them checked. If you get a prohibition notice you’ll have to pay to get the car released and will be stuck at the roadside.

“There’s always a risk in extreme cases that police will say it’s being driven in a dangerous condition and you can end up with a financial penalty and the risk of endorsement.”

He added that the motor was now legally compliant.

Deeney was fined £650, ordered to pay £150 in costs and was given a surcharge of £65.

Winless Watford are marooned at the bottom of the Premier League table with just three points from a possible 24.

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