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RUNNING RED LIGHTS: What is the fine and how long do penalty points stay on a licence for?



In the United Kingdom, the consequences of running a red light can be significant, with over 15,000 Brits annually searching for information on the penalties associated with this offense.


According to recent statistics, a staggering 51,350 motorists were caught disregarding traffic signals last year alone.

In most cases, drivers who fail to stop at a red light are subject to a £100 fine and the addition of three penalty points to their driving licences. These points can linger on the record for a period of four years, potentially impacting insurance premiums and affecting future driving privileges.


However, if individuals choose to ignore a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) or fail to provide the details of the actual driver involved in a dispute, the situation can quickly escalate. Circumventing legal procedures in this manner increases the severity of the penalty.


Motorists may face prosecution, resulting in an additional six penalty points on their licences and an imposing £1,000 fine. These penalties aim to deter individuals from flouting traffic regulations.

In response to the high number of offenders, several police jurisdictions have introduced educational courses for drivers found guilty of disregarding red lights. These programs provide an opportunity for drivers to learn from their mistakes, potentially improving overall road safety and reducing the likelihood of repeat offenses.


Running a red light not only endangers the driver but also puts pedestrians and other road users at risk. It is crucial for all motorists to maintain a diligent and cautious attitude when approaching and navigating traffic signals.

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