It is an offence to fail to comply with certain traffic signs which indicate a prohibition, requirement or restriction. These can include No Entry, Give Way, Keep Left and Traffic Lights.
The penalty is up to £1,000 and 3 penalty points
You may receive a fixed penalty notice which would result in a £100 fine and 3 points should you accept it. If you do not respond to the fixed penalty notice, are unable to surrender your driving licence for endorsement or indicate that you are not guilty the matter will be processed for the case to go to a court hearing. A court case will increase costs and penalties in the vast majority of cases.
It is important that you take some action within the time limit indicated on the fixed penalty ticket or it could be a very unnecessary expense. You should have a minimum of 21 days to respond, the guidelines indicate that police forces should give you 28 days so you will have time to contact an expert in Road Traffic Offence for the best way forward with your case.
If you feel that you have not failed to comply with the traffic signal or were not the driver or that the signs were inadequate you should seek expert legal advice as you may have a defence.