Traffic Light Stop Line
All traffic lights have a stop line. Advanced stop lines such as the images above allow for cyclists to stop ahead of other vehicles in a bay often in a alternative colour to the road.
All traffic must stop at the first line when the lights are red and avoid entering the cycle bay when stationary.
Traffic jams and slow moving traffic at light controlled junctions often results in frustration for many drivers, particularly when junctions are blocked when your light is green. Technically it’s not illegal to block a junction unless prohibitions are in force such as the yellow box. Other advisory notices such as ‘Keep Clear‘ road markings may also be in place. However, blocking a junction impedes traffic flow, so only enter it when you are certain you can clear it – even if your light is green.
Driving Test Traffic Lights!
During a driving test, dealing with traffic lights will require a similar technique to dealing with junctions. The M,S,P,S,L (Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed and Look) routine must be applied.
A good level of anticipation and planning is also required. For instance, if approaching traffic lights and from a distance they have been on green for some time, as you approach, expect there is a high probability they may change and prepare for this in advance.
Also traffic lights at pedestrian crossings for instance, if in the distance you see people waiting, as you approach there is a high probability the lights will change.
Traffic Light Cameras!
It’s important when approaching traffic lights to be prepared to stop if they change. Running a red light is obviously dangerous and on may traffic lights, cameras are now fitted. Especially on Trench Lock Roundabout in Telford.
There are very few exemptions for running a red light and even a learner driver may find themselves with 3 penalty points on their provisional licence and a fine of £200.
A red light camera can even be triggered if your vehicle stops only slightly over the white line. Of course, this would also result in a driving test failure.
Traffic Light Failure!
Dealing with a traffic light failure can be daunting for a learner driver. If you find yourself in this position, you must treat the junction or crossroads as unmarked. With an unmarked junction, nobody has priority. You must proceed slowly and with caution and only continue when safe to do so.