October 18, 2019

Cameras to enforce motorway red ‘X’ offences from June, warns AA

Drivers who flout lanes that are closed on motorways with a red ‘X’ may be handed a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of a £100 fine and 3 penalty points from 10 June 2019, according to legislation from the Home Office.

At present, only a police officer catching drivers in the act can issue an FPN. Since the beginning of 2017, Highways England has issued over 180,000 warning letters to drivers who have ignored the signs, in an attempt to stamp out the behaviour.

The police force where the incident took place will issue the penalty, mirroring motorway speeding offences.

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 (5%) continue to drive in red X lanes even when they’ve seen it.

“Red Xs are put up to warn of an obstruction, so drivers must get out of the lane when they see them. We have had several incidents recently where AA members’ cars have been hit in a live lane on ‘smart’ motorways.”