Ignoring Traffic Signs and Signals

Ran a Red Light?

Our motoring offences solicitors are specialists in defending against Notices of Intended Prosecution, endorsements, and disqualifications. They only deal with the laws of the road, and so they truly know their area.

Give Way Sign - Ignoring Traffic Signs

We have also successfully barred convictions where the Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) has contained technical or factual errors. In order to do this, you need to respond to the NIP, because if you don't, it will result in a prosecution for failing to provide information, as well as failing to follow the traffic sign.

What can I do if accused of ignoring traffic signs?

Failing to comply with the instruction given by a traffic sign can sound complicated, but it's just a way of saying any number of incidents, such as jumping a red light, or ignoring street signs or markings on the road.

The prosecution will tend to rely on camera evidence if the motoring offence relates to a red light. The prosecution must prove that the camera was properly calibrated and used correctly. Any prosecution in relation to road signs will depend largely on eyewitness evidence and accounts from police officers. Cross-examining witnesses, as well as the technical aspects of the law, will be necessary in order to mount the best defence.

Failing to follow signs can result in points on your license, and the court can choose to disqualify you from driving. We're able to advise you what penalty you will be likely to receive if convicted.

The penalty is dependant on the precise nature of the offence alleged. This is because the rules detailing traffic sign violations are long and complex. A general rule, however, is that penalties are usually 3 penalty points with a fine of up to £1000.

Making sense of the rules

Don't simply accept what a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), fixed penalty or summons says, call us now and we will go through the options with you so you know where you stand, and offer the best possible defence or mitigation.


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Julie Robertson - Motoring Offences and Criminal Defence Solicitor - Manchester

Julie Robertson
Partner, Head of Motoring & Criminal Defences

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