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UK drivers beware: New automatic £100 fine introduced on British motorways

Cameras will track your number plate and an automatic fine will be issued if you are caught breaking the rules

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Highways England has issued a warning to drivers concerning a new £100 fine for failing to follow the rules when using UK motorways.

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Failing to follow any motorway instructions could see points added to your licence as well as this new automatic £100 fine.

A Highways England spokesman said: "It's illegal to drive in a red X lane and motorway cameras can now automatically detect drivers who flout the law.

"You could receive a £100 fine and get three points on your licence."

A Government spokesman added: "A Red X sign indicates that a lane is closed to traffic. You must stay out of that lane as there may be an incident or people working ahead, and we may need to keep the lane clear to provide access for maintenance or emergency services.

"It’s illegal to drive in a lane closed by a Red X sign. If you’re caught, you could receive a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points, and in some cases more severe penalties or a court appearance. It’s the responsibility of the police to enforce Red X offences."

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Photo by Leo Sammarco on Unsplash

The UK is really trying to clamp down on bad driving across the nation's motorways so make sure to be extra careful when driving and make sure to follow all road rules – especially ever-changing ones on smart motorways.

Is this a good idea? Or will it end in tears?

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Comments (48)

  • If it’s just policing closed lanes then I welcome it, but it could very well lead to far too much surveillance for my liking

      3 months ago
    • Sorry Sam its never “just” X. It’s always incremental and it always follows the same path. A little here, a little there before you know it your overlords have made you a criminal before you leave your house. You the hyper-burdened taxpayer...

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        3 months ago
    • Thats not necessarily true. We know where our limits are. To claim its always a slippery slope is dl

        3 months ago
  • Another kick in the nuts for British motorists

      3 months ago
    • Motorists that drive in closed lanes.

      I wouldn't use cameras. I'd use snipers.

        3 months ago
    • Lol for that I agree. It’s the fact these cameras can track you over miles of driving. Eventually they will know everywhere you’ve been, how fast you drove, time you left and arrived.

      That’s the problem

        3 months ago
  • This is nonsense. It always starts with “it’s for safety”, it’s “ for the children”. Its bull crap, it’s about de facto tax collecting. You get beaten up for using the roads you pay for. Tell this government to GFY and refuse to pay these fines.

      3 months ago
    • Of course it's for road safety. Just ask any dumbass politician!

        3 months ago
    • Except you don't pay to use closed roads. There's often a reason why a lane is crossed off. Usually because of something happened down the road on the hard shoulder or road works. So it's definitely for safety.

      Which I know is difficult to...

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        3 months ago
  • What police should do is some proper police work and not fleece motorists for cash. This is just unethical and whilst I understand that a marginal traffic infringement is breaking the law, the severity is nowhere near what proper criminals do and what indeed some police have proven to have done!

      3 months ago
    • Why don't the police go after really bad criminal offences rather than gouging the motoring public for more of their hard-earned money? It's another blatant tax to screw everyone!

        3 months ago
    • It's the easiest way to collect revenue!

        3 months ago
  • These could be the future of replacing police cars. We will all be screwed, especially if they try to hide them or camouflage them into the surrounding environment.

      3 months ago
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