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Traffic Light Offences

Failure to comply with a Traffic Light Sign is a Road Traffic Offence. It is the motorist’s responsibility to stop at a traffic light, unless the light is green and it is clear and safe to proceed. It is no defence to argue that the light was on amber when you went through it. Proceeding through on an amber light is as much of an offence as going through when it is on red.

If you are facing prosecution for a traffic light violation, this will normally be based on photographic and detection devise evidence and in this instance you will receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution. Customarily this will result in a Fixed Penalty Notice, which will consist of a fine and penalty points on your driving licence.


The maximum penalties for a Traffic Light Offence are:
  • Maximum fine of £1000.00
  • 3 points
  • Discretionary disqualification
Irrespective of a Traffic Light prosecution being dealt with by a Fixed Penalty or at Court, the punishment is 3 penalty points and a fine. Currently, a fine on a Fixed Penalty is £60, if a Traffic Light Offence case goes to Court, the fine is means tested but limited to £1000.

Regulations For Traffic Light Signs

Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 36.1 (1) (e), states that the amber alone signal shall convey the same prohibition as the red signal, namely that a vehicle shall not proceed beyond the stop sign, except that, as respects any vehicle which is so close to the stop line that it cannot safely be stopped without proceeding beyond the stop line, it shall convey the same indication as the green signal. If a traffic light is on Red, you must stop your vehicle behind the stop line with no exception.

Can I Represent Myself In Court?

If you wish to represent yourself in the courts it is your right to do so, but at the very least you should seek preliminary, professional legal advice. Road Traffic Legislation is an extremely complex area of Law and there is the possibility you could miss a loophole or technical defence that would otherwise be available to you. Speaking to one of our Road Traffic Law Solicitors could be crucial to the outcome of your case.

How We Can Help You

Our specialist motoring defence solicitors will scrutinise your prosecution case, identifying any mistakes made by the Police or Crown Prosecution Services. We can detect any processes which may not have been followed correctly, investigating whether any devices or traffic light cameras which have been relied upon to prove that you are guilt, are fully admissible as reliable evidence against you.
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