Traffic Sign Offences

Contravening a Traffic Sign

Traffic sign laws cover disobeying road signs including traffic lights.

There are two basic ways you can contest a traffic sign allegation;

  1. Demonstrate that you didn’t contravene the sign
  2. Demonstrate that the sign didn’t conform to current road sign regulations

Additionally, if you were in a situation where for example you disobeyed the road sign in order to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle then you can use a special reasons argument to avoid points on your licence.

Disobeying traffic signs have the TS20, 30, 40, 50, 60 & 70 driving offence codes.

Being found guilty of contravening traffic signs carries 3 penalty points on your driving licence and a fine of up to £1000.

Traffic Signs & Markings

The legislation for traffic signs also covers road markings, including white lines, chevrons, yellow boxes etc.

Each of these lines is required to comply with strict regulations with regard to width, dimensions and spacing. If they don’t comply then you will have a potential defence against the allegations.

This legislation can be quite complex, so if you have an doubts about the validity of your possible defence, seek expert advice from experienced legal road traffic law solicitors. Patterson Law are leading UK motoring law specialists and offer a service answering a free question about your offence.

12 thoughts on “Traffic Sign Offences”

  1. There seem to be more cameras on more and more traffic lights, especially on those stupid roundabouts that now seem to need traffic lights as well for todays drivers to be able to negotiate successfully!

  2. If the fine was big enough and cameras were highly visible it would be a much fairer process. People crossing lights just as they turn to amber getting snapped by semi hidden cameras is just more revenue raising isn’t it?

  3. All the moaners make it sound like the law is wrong and they haven’t done anything to deserve punishment…. previous comments are spot on….. you don’t have to get caught breaking the law…… you could not break the law instead?

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