Originally Posted by PaulD
I'm not aware of any regulation as specific to rear vision mirrors as that. AFAIK
it would require an object to be a distraction or obstruction of vision. Living on a hill road I use both corners of the screen.
The fog light fine is $150
apologies you are correct, they have amended the fine to $150 for fog lights, it was $750 pre the 1999 amendment.
The fine for the stuff on mirrors is under "vehicle not complying with certification requirements" ie, not up to WOF or COF standard. Same deal if you get a nasty cop who does you for having a light out, you are operating a vehicle on the road thats not up to legal minimum standard.
The WOF guidelines state "Objects may not be hung from the inside rearview mirror or attached in any other manner so as to materially obstruct, obscure or impair the driver's vision through the front windshield, or which in any manner constitute a safety hazard."
Interestingly, this constitutes a WOF failure reason and also covers anything stuck to the windscreen that is an aftermarket addition. This is why when you get your car back from getting a WOF, you may find your nav unit on the passenger seat in a lot of cases.
its a minefield and comes down to interpretation. Same applies for nav units stuck to the inside of a screen. Most traffic enforcement persons are semi reasonable, but obvious obstruction, especially in the CVA will get you a ticket. I have my own screen nav stuck so the top of it is effectively "in line" with the end of the bonnet so i'm no obstructing any view I would not normally have. My dash cam is on the top of my screen, passenger side well out of any critical vision area and is actually unable to be seen from the outside as its in the "tint strip" along the top of the screen.
its an interesting discussion and it all comes down to how you interpret it, and your driving conditions. Most installation instructions state "place where it will not obstruct view and meets local regulations"