Traffic Lights

It is an offence to fail to comply with traffic signs.


The maximum penalties are:

  • maximum fine of £1000.00; and
  • 3 points; and
  • discretionary disqualification.


It is no defence that the driver failed to see the sign. No intention to fail to comply is necessary (see Hill -v- Baxter [1958] 1 All ER 193). A mechanical defect of which the driver was unaware, may amount to a defence (see R -v- Spurge [1961] 2 All ER 688), as will the loss of control over the vehicle due to circumstances beyond the control of the driver (see Burns -v- Bidder [1996] 3 All ER 29).



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