Traffic light Offences
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?
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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