Smart Motorway Fines Could Be In Place From Spring

Delivery drivers who use the best van hire Middlesex has to offer for long distance drop offs will be no stranger to spending time on ‘smart motorways’, as more and more of the most popular routes in the UK have been converted.

However, what could be about to change is what might happen if a driver is caught using a closed lane, marked by a red X on a smart motorway. Highways England has issued over 80,000 letters in the last year to drivers who broke smart motorway rules – a third of these came from driving in closed lanes. Now, they’ve warned that fines may be the next step.

In a document seen by the Press Association and reported by The Metro, road-side cameras that will detect lane offences are currently undergoing testing, and could be in place as early as spring time. Incidents of driving in closed lanes may be treated like red light offences, which carry an automatic £100 fine and three points on your license.

Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, believes that these laws are only worth having if the punishment for breaking them deters people from doing so: “The best laws are those that no-one breaks, not just because the penalties for doing so are severe but also because they are well understood and accepted.”

He also believes that Highways England needs to work on communicating the meaning of Red Xs on smart motorways to drivers, as ignoring them can cause risks to those doing so and drivers around them.

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