From June 10th, a new motorway driving law is being introduced in the UK which could see motorists and a fine. The law will now penalise motorists that are caught ignoring lane closures on a smart motorway. Motorists will now be handed a £100 fine and three penalty points for ignoring the rules. Lane closures are displayed on the electronic gantries which are located overhead on the smart motorway.
The gantries can also be used to display other information such as variable speed limits and are designed to ease congestion and improve traffic flow.
Lanes can be closed at will for a number of reasons such as if there is a crash on the road, or to let emergency service vehicles get to the accident quicker or if there are roadworks.
A closed lane is marked by a red X on the gantry and any driver than is caught ignoring this will be fined £100 and given three penalty points.
Thousands of motorists are flouting these rules every year, according to new data.
Highways England, which operates England’s motorways and major A-roads, has issued more than 180,000 warning letters to drivers who have ignored red X signs since the beginning of 2017.
Edmund King, AA president says; “Although it has taken far too long, this is a welcome measure to improve safety on motorways.
“Our research shows that one in 20 drivers continue to drive in red X lanes, even when they’ve seen it and, so far, Highways England have written warning letters to over 180,000 drivers about their actions.
“Red X’s are put up to warn of an obstruction, so drivers must get out of the lane when they see them.
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