Traffic Signs, Signals and Road Markings

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Offence

This offence covers a number of situations including failing to comply with traffic lights, give way signs,double white lines or failing to stop at railway level crossings.  The Law governing these offences are complex and the signs and road markings must be approved in accordance with Regulations.  Therefore, when an allegation has been made that an offence has been committed, it is important to ensure that the road signs are lawfully placed and the equipment is operating properly.

Defences

There are defences that can be raised. It is important to examine the lawfulness of the sign and road markings.  It may , however, be that your defence is factual in that you do not accept the allegation and contest it on that basis.

Punishment

Maximum fine - £1,000, discretionary disqualification or licence endorsed with 3 penalty points.

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