Contravening a Traffic Sign

Contravening a traffic signal can apply in a number of different circumstances such as failing to stop at a red light, crossing double white lines on the road when overtaking, ignoring a no entry sign or a one way street sign. Failing to stop at a stop and give way will also result in the contravention of a traffic signal.

If you are caught ignoring road signs or signals you could face a fine, penalty points and possibly a driving ban.

Is There A Defence Against This Charge?

The law says that it has to be proved beyond reasonable doubt that you contravened a road signal or sign, so being caught on camera or witnessed by a police officer would be sufficient to be prosecuted. In order for a prosecution to be made however, the sign or signal must be legally positioned or places and it must also conform to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions of 2002.

Therefore if you contravene a road sign or signal you may be able to dispute the charge if there is an issue with the lighting of road signs or perhaps with the post on which the sign is mounted and with traffic signals there may be a defence available in because of the size, colour and illumination of the signal, including ES compliant signal heads.

It is important to explore any possibility of defence in these circumstances, especially if you are facing a driving ban due to the totting up of points. Contact us to see how we can help. 

What Are The Penalties For Contravening A Traffic Signal Or Sign?

If you are stopped at the roadside after contravening a traffic sign or signal, you could face:

If your offence is deemed to be serious enough, you may even be summoned to appear in court. If this is the case, the penalties will be more serious than if you were fined on the roadside.

If summoned to court you could face:

What Should I Do If I Am Facing A Traffic Signal Offence?

It is important to be aware of the possible implications of this offence and to be aware of what you may be able to do about it. You should speak to one of our experienced motoring offence team about your options.


Have you been questioned, charged or summoned with any motoring matter? If so, call Ashmans Solicitors in confidence now on 03330 096 275 (24hrs).

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