New penalties for those caught ignoring red X on motorway
Drivers will now automatically recieve a £100 fine and three penalty points.
Motorists who’re caught ignoring a red X on a smart motorway will now automatically receive a £100 fine and three penalty points on their license.
Under new Home Office legislation, which came into effect on 10th June, cameras will be installed on smart motorways all across the UK to closely monitor the traffic and apprehend offenders.
It’s currently up to the country’s traffic police to enforce this, meaning they have to actively observe a motorist breaking the law before they can issue a penalty.
These cameras won’t be fully in operation until late summer 2019 according to Highways England, to allow for a period of testing and the issue of any necessary upgrades.
On top of the monetary fine and penalty points, punishment could result in a court appearance for more serious cases.
“Driving on a smart motorway lane that has been closed by a red ‘X’ sign is extremely dangerous,” said an RAC spokesperson.
“It is incredibly frustrating for law-abiding drivers to see others flouting red ‘X’ signs, and those ignoring them are a danger to themselves and others.”
Research conducted by The RAC Foundation back in March 2016 discovered that 23% of motorists surveyed have either accidentally or deliberately driven on a closed lane of smart motorway.
Source: Motoring Research