Traffic signs or signals provide information and/or warnings on our roads to ensure the safety of all road users. Traffic light offences are dealt with under Section 36(1) Road Traffic Act 1988. According to this legislation, it is an offence to contravene a traffic signal, sign or road marking, including running a red light or failing to comply with any road markings at the lights.
Failing to stop for a traffic signal carries 3 penalty points on your licence and a fine of £100.
This conviction will be valid for a period of 3 years, but will stay on your licence for 4 years, during which time you will be required to declare this when applying for insurance.
However, if the manner in which you were driving is considered by the police or prosecution to have endangered other road users, you may instead be charged with driving without due care and attention. For this offence, you would receive between 3 to 9 penalty points on your licence, plus an unlimited fine.
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