TRAFFIC LIGHT OFFENCES

It is an offence to fail to comply with certain traffic signs which indicate a prohibition, requirement or restriction. These can include No Entry, Give Way, Keep Left and Traffic Lights.

The penalty is up to £1,000 and 3 penalty points

Will I just get a fixed penalty ticket if a run a red light?

You may receive a fixed penalty notice which would result in a £100 fine and 3 points should you accept it.

However, if the lights have been on red for a few seconds it is likely that the matter will be taken to court.  If this happens it is often still possible to get an equivalent of the fixed penalty level in fine and costs if you write to the court to mitigate your sentence.

If I ignore my fixed penalty what will happen?

If you do not respond to the fixed penalty notice, are unable to surrender your driving licence for endorsement or indicate that you are not guilty the matter will be processed for the case to go to a court hearing. A court case will increase costs and penalties in the vast majority of cases.

It is important that you take some action within the time limit indicated on the fixed penalty ticket or it could be a very unnecessary expense. You should have a minimum of 21 days to respond, the guidelines indicate that police forces should give you 28 days so you will have time to contact an expert in Road Traffic Offence for the best way forward with your case.

If I have ran a red light are the other offences which I could be facing?

Yes, but it will depend on the circumstances.

If you run a red light at a busy junction and cause an accident you could face offences of careless driving or dangerous driving which carry much heavier penalties.

Is there a defence to a traffic light offence?

This is an offence of strict liability so if you commit a traffic offence you will be guilty of the offence.

However, there are possible defences if you can show

  • You were not the driver
  • The light was not red/amber

You may also have a special reasons argument which although it is not a defence would enable you to avoid an endorsement or potential disqualification if were “totting up” as a result of the offence.


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  • I am a lawyer and for the first time I found myself facing an interview under caution for driving without due care and attention. I phoned Auriga in response to their offer of a free consultation. I had my doubts about the quality of advice I might get in a free consultation but in the event there was no justification for my scepticism. The woman I spoke to (Andrea) listened very carefully to everything I had to say, asked relevant and incisive questions, challenged what I said where appropriate, and made valuable suggestions for the way in which I was to handle the interview. She explored the possibilities of a resolution which would avoid prosecution. I was highly impressed by the level of attention, knowledge, care and the thoroughness with which she advised me. As someone who is used to giving legal advice myself, I could not fault her.
    Best of all, it is now five weeks since the incident. I was told I would be contacted within a couple of weeks or so if the police were to take the matter further. I was undoubtedly guilty of driving without due care and attention. I don’t want to tempt providence, but it very much looks as if I may not even be required to attend a driving course.
    Mr. B, London

  • Auriga, you were ahead of the CPS every step of the way. The advice you gave
    was correct and accurate at all times and your assessment of where and how the
    case should be dealt with was spot on. Oliver and Archie were excellent in
    court both in terms of performance and steadying my nerves.

  • Auriga Advocates have been extremely helpfully, very professional to the highest of standards. My case was dealt with quickly, efficiently and thoroughly. I was given all the relevant information to make an excellent and informed decision for the best possible outcome. Andrea has an extensive knowledge regarding drink drive offences and court in general. I would highly recommend her to anyone with confidence that she would be able to get the best possible outcome.

    Mr L Cheshire

  • Andrea had been assigned to me to help deal with a Road Traffic Incident.  I came across their service on line.

    I found Andrea to be very professional and helpful.  Explaining everything in full, so I was able to understand what was happening at all times.  Andrea worked fast and able to get a result for me very quickly.

    I would like to thank Andrea for helping make the ordeal less stressful and would highly recommend her and the company to all my friends who might be in the same situation I found myself in.

    Mr S, Cheshire.

    (In this case we persuaded the police not to issue proceedings at the outset).

  • Thank you for the professional way in which the Auriga Advocates team managed and handled my case. Every question I had at every stage was not only answered but explained so that I understood.I was looking at a long ban and community service but thanks to you and the manner that you dealt with the case especially on the day of the Court hearing, you were able to reduce this to a short ban and small fine.Thank you for achieving the best possible result for me.

    I would recommend you without reservation. Not only were you professional but as a person who had never been in this type of predicament before for the help and understanding you provided to me as an individual.

    Many thanks      Mr G Southampton

  • I would like to thank you for all your help and support over the last few months both in and out of court, knowing I could contact you if ever i had any questions was very reassuring and made this whole ordeal a lot less stressful, for that I cant thank you enough.

    I found your representation in court excellent, resulting in the lowest possible disqualification and fine I could have received.

    I really appreciate all the work you put into my case thank you. 

    Ms S   CHESHIRE

  • It was very reassuring to have had your support and advice throughout such a difficult and stressful situation.

    The incident itself had caused me a lot of stress and therefore it took the anxiety away having your representation in court.

    I cannot thank you enough for all the help and support you offered, I would be sure to recommend you to my friends and family should they find themselves in a similar, unfortunate situation.”  

    Ms Gray Staffordshire

  • Andrea was very quick to respond and gave sound advice from the on-set. She was pro-active in gathering relevant and appropriate information to support the case. Andrea was supportive throughout  and as our advocate presented professionally in court achieving the best possible result.’

    Mrs H  Shrewsbury

  • A big thank you to Auriga Advocates. As an IT contractor I have been riding my motorcycle all across the UK for the last few years. In that time I managed to clock up 9 points. With another 3 on their way I found myself in the serious danger of losing my licence due to “totting up”.

    Andrea’s assistance in putting together a case for exceptional hardship at short notice was invaluable, without this and the excellent representation in court I would have struggled to have put my case forward with the concise delivery and merit that is required in these cases. Andrea from Auriga was supportive and has a genuine concern for people’s welfare, at the same time professional, thoughtful and of course very knowledgeable in her field. Thank you Andrea for all your help and for the excellent result that we had on the day

    Mr H Wales

  • Although Andrea wasn’t representing me but my partner, I would like to say how much she helped me with her calm, caring manner.  She went far beyond what we could expect.  From that first phone call one dark evening in November last year she has been a Godsend, helping us get through a very difficult time.

    An excellent professional but also now a friend who helped us so much.  I couldn’t recommend Auriga more highly, a big thank you to them all.

    Ms T Kent

  • Auriga couldn’t have done more for me in a time of need and worry.  Their professionalism and calm manner helped take the worry away.  What could have been a disqualification has ended with 6 points.  If you need advice and help look no further than Andrea and her team.  So professional and caring and at a very reasonable cost, I couldn’t recommend Andrea highly enough, don’t hesitate in making that call to Auriga, their timely actions gave me a genuinely good result.

    Mr R Kent

  • Thanks to you all for a great service!  Have been really pleased with your efforts from start to finish and the regular updates you’ve provided.  Your reassurance has been like a breath of breath air in a time of uncertainty, and although you’ve provided a great service i must say i’m most pleased about the result!”

    The result was discontinuance of the offence and full refund of fees after a claim for defendant costs out of central funds.

    Mr M Cheshire

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