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Drivers who fail to indicate could face up to £5,000 fine

May 28, 2019 | News

Drivers could be faced with a fine of up to £5,000 by failing to correctly indicate when turning near pedestrians – Car & Van Finance Direct reveals all!

Dangerous driving

You could be faced with a fine of up to £5,000 if you fail to correctly indicate when turning near pedestrians. As well as the substantial fine, not safely signalling may also see drivers receive up to nine penalty points on their driving licence or even be disqualified from driving completely if their behaviour is judged as dangerous.

If a pedestrian is killed as a result of a driver’s failure to indicate, a court could find the driver guilty of dangerous driving, a charge which carries with it a maximum punishment of 14 years in prison.

According to the Highway Code, a driver must always: ”Warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions.”

When turning your vehicle into a side street, if a pedestrian has already started to cross the road, then drivers should allow them to safely cross as it is their right of way. Drivers should also be aware of pedestrians who are looking to cross the street, which includes using their indicators to let them know they intend to turn.

Failing to indicate may not be an offence in itself, however should it lead to a pedestrian being hit or collision with another road user, a police officer may hand out an on-the-spot £100 fine. And if an offence is judged careless or dangerous driving, then it is possible drivers will face harsher punishments should the case end up in court.

A UK motoring lawyer at Patterson Law, Emma Patterson commented that drivers should always signal their intentions to other road users and this includes pedestrians.

”Failing to do so may mean a motorist falls below the threshold of being a careful, competent driver and they could be hit with a ‘driving without due care and attention’ charge, or in rarer circumstances even ‘dangerous driving’.”

She also commented that: “In some ways, an over eagerness to signal can be just as bad as failing to signal.”

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