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Traffic Light Offence Solicitors & Signs and Signal Offences

We offer an initial telephone, video or face to face appointment for a fee of £200 plus VAT for all motoring offences. Lanyon Bowdler have offices in Shrewsbury, Bromyard, Hereford, Ludlow, Oswestry, Telford and Conwy, if you do not live close to one of these locations and would like to instruct us, please note the fees may be disproportionate with the fine you are facing. Our Motoring Offence Solicitors in Conwy serve clients throughout North Wales and Mid Wales.

What is a traffic signal offence?

Typically, a failure to comply with a traffic sign or signal will fall in to one of the following categories;

  • TS10 Failing to comply with traffic light signal
  • TS20 Failing to comply with double white lines
  • TS30 Failing to comply with a stop sign
  • TS40 Failing to comply with direction of a constable/warden
  • TS50 Failing to comply with a traffic sign (excluding Stop signs, traffic lights and double white lines)
  • TS60 Failing to comply with a school crossing patrol sign
  • TS70 Undefined failure to comply with a traffic direction sign

Of these, the most common traffic signal offences are;

  • Traffic light offence - for example, driving through a red-light signal
  • Road Sign Offence - for example, disregarding a give way or no entry sign  
  • Road Markings Offence - for example, disregarding single or double white lines

Running a Red-Light Traffic Offence

By far the most common traffic signal offence is running a red light (even if you thought you went through an amber light), with most offences these days being caught on a traffic camera located at the junction. A driver is just as likely to be stopped by the police at the time of the offence. Either way the offence is usually dealt with by a Fixed Penalty of 3 points and a fine of £100.

Traffic light offences are dealt with under Section 36(1) Road Traffic Act 1988 and running a red light or failing to comply with any road markings at the lights is an offence.

Defence Against a Road Signal Offence

It can be very easy to miss road signs when confused by complicated junctions and road layouts, especially if temporary signs have been employed.

There are strict rules governing condition and clarity of traffic signs, signals and road markings. Most of the legislation in this area is contained in the Traffic Sign Regulations & General Directions 2002. 

For example, all traffic signals and signs must comply with these regulations in terms of size, colour and type. Traffic signs must also be lawfully placed in clear unobstructed view of the driver and failure by the authorities to observe these regulations may provide a reasonable defence. In all cases, there is a presumption that the traffic signs do comply with the regulations, unless proved otherwise.
 
At Lanyon Bowdler we can listen to your circumstances and advise on your unique situation.  Please call our expert traffic signal offence solicitor’s team as we may be able to build an excellent defence for you.

Penalties for Traffic Signal Offences

Generally speaking, most traffic offence will be dealt with by way of three penalty points and a fixed fine of £100. However, Magistrates have the discretion to disqualify you from driving for up to 56 days depending on the seriousness of the offence and issue a fine of up to £1000.

In extreme cases, failure to comply with a traffic sign could result in prosecution for careless driving.

When caught on camera, a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) must be issued to the owner of the vehicle within 14 days of the alleged offence. You must provide the details of the driver at the time of the offence and a failure to comply with this requirement is a separate offence which carries six points.

Totting Up of Penalty Points

Though most of the offences described above are dealt with by way of fixed penalties, a fixed penalty cannot be accepted if a driver is subject to potential disqualification under totting up rules.
In these circumstances a court summons will be issued, and the driver will be required to attend court. The same procedure is followed if a driver denies the offence or refuses a fixed penalty.

If you already have nine or more points on your licence then you will tot up to 12 points and the Magistrates will consider disqualifying you from driving.

Our Charges 

The SRA requires us to give indicative prices for limited types of work, this includes motoring offences. For more information please click here.

Contact Us 

We offer an initial telephone, video or face to face appointment for a fee of £200 plus VAT for all motoring offences. If you are being prosecuted for an offence relating to the failure to comply with a traffic sign or signal and you are in the position where totting up applies to you then just call the team at Lanyon Bowdler as you will need an expert solicitor to prepare your case. If you are worried about building up penalty points following a road traffic signs or signal offence, or worse still you are heading for 12 points, there are still options for you.

If you would like to speak with a member of the team please call the number at the top of this page, complete our online enquiry form, or communicate with our Live Chat facility. You can also contact the head of our motoring offence team; specialist driving offence lawyer Stephen Scully directly by text or voice on 07776 184489.

We are one of the most recognised law firms in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Mid and North Wales, Birmingham and the Midlands. We are able to offer a wide range of pricing options including fixed fees and service level guarantees.

As a leading national law firm, we regularly act for clients all over the UK on motoring offence cases. We can represent you wherever you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, but please be aware costs will be higher than instructing a local lawyer.

Testimonials

Very, very good. You couldn't give me a better person than Stephen Scully.

- J L, Shrewsbury

I am extremely grateful to Stephen in the way in which he handled my case and represented me at court.

- A A, Shrewsbury

Professional and friendly service from Lanyon Bowdler and Stephen in particular, excellent support throughout.

- A.Vann-Aston, West Midlands.

I wish to record that the professional help and advice  I received from Lanyon Bowdler has been absolutely outstanding. It was due to the  personal “one to one”  interaction  I received  from Stephen Sculley who helped me beyond words. He made  himself available both in and out office hours responding to my phone messages, texts and e-mails almost by return, thus reducing potential stress and anxiety. My particular case was not straight forward but the final outcome , which I was more than satisfied with,  was only down to what Stephen advised me and how he dealt with and approached the situation on the day. Only a highly experienced lawyer could deal with this as he did. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company for any legal advice/assistance.

- DLT, Shrewsbury

Stephen was no nonsense, did not offer silly promises, kept my anxiety levels low in court and got me a very good outcome. Extremely good value for money. Thank you Stephen.

- R E, Herefordshire