The Motorists' Guide to Appealing Parking, Bus Lane, Yellow Box Junction and Moving Traffic Tickets

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Moving Traffic Offences

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Many London authorities are now enforcing moving traffic offences such as banned turns. This is usually done by CCTV or one of these sneaky smart cars. The full list of offences is shown below.

 

If you get a ticket for one of the offences below:

  • Check that signs were present and clearly visible to inform you in advance of the manoeuvre. Check it complies with this table from Chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual:

     

     

  • Check the correct sign for the circumstances with regards to the road layout and permitted movements has been used by the authority.

     

  • Check the sign is legal and the correct number of signs have been used in the correct locations. There's more information below for each offence code and in Chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual.

     

  • Were there any other signs or roadmarkings that contradicted the sign?

     

  • Ensure there's a sign warning that CCTV is in use. If there isn't then click here for details of how to appeal (note best not to solely rely on this)

     

  • Check the ticket has been issued for the correct contravention.

  • Check the wording of the ticket here (moving traffic offence tickets are the same as yellow box junctions).

  • Check the authority has full evidence of you committing the offence with the sign in view (and not just 'about' to commit it).

  • If it's a banned right turn, note that a three point turn is not a right turn, as detailed in the case of Kennedy v Camden.

  • Ensure there is a valid traffic order in place by requesting a copy (or viewing it in person) from the authority. Unless otherwise stated,  all the restrictions below require a traffic order.

     

  • All the signs below need to be illuminated in accordance with schedule 17(1) of the TSRGD i.e. if it is within 50m of a lamp post. If you received your ticket at night, check this out.

  • Be aware that adjudicators can and do contradict each other. These 2 cases from Saville Row (failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign) show this. One said the advance signage was adequate, the other said it wasn't. Search for case references 211070865A 2110344564 on the PATAS website.

 

Click on the contravention Code below that applies to your ticket for more information

Click the relevant sign for a link to it's official regulations from the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002 and check that it complies with these. Click here for details of how the regs work and quick links.

 

32 - Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign

 

33 - Using a route restricted to certain vehicles

 

37 - Failing to comply with a give way to oncoming vehicles sign

 

48 - Stopped in a restricted area outside a school

 

50 – Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibited turn

 

51 - Failing to comply with a no entry sign

 

52 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibition on certain types of vehicle

 

53 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering a pedestrian zone

 

54 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a pedestrian zone

 

 

32 - Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign

 

These fall into several categories. Ensure your ticket has been issued with the correct code. Pages 16-28 from Chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual give recommended sign positions for many different layouts. The key element is that signs must be clearly visible in advance of when you undertake the manoeuvre.

 

32d proceeding in the wrong direction

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32t Turning in the wrong direction

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32p Passing on the wrong side of the sign (does not require a traffic order)

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32w One way traffic

 

 

33 - Using a route restricted to certain vehicles

 

33c Route for use by buses and pedal cycles only (there are different variations on this, make sure the offence code matches the sign). Click here for more information on bus only streets.

33s Route for use by tramcars only.

 

 

37 - Failing to comply with a give way to oncoming vehicles sign

 

Page 24 from Chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual stipulates that this sign should be used only when vehicles at each end of the priority section are clearly visible to each other and speeds are not high. Does not require a traffic order.

 

 

48 - Stopped in a restricted area outside a school

 

 

Does not require a traffic order or sign although if a sign is present, check the hours of restriction.

 

 

50 – Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibited turn

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Make sure your ticket refers to the correct offence (and not all three).

Pages 16-28 from Chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual give recommended sign positions for many different layouts. The key element is that signs must be clearly visible in advance of when you undertake the manoeuvre.

 

 

51 - Failing to comply with a no entry sign

 

In accordance with Direction 8 from the TSRGD, this sign should be on both sides of the road except where:

 

(i) traffic proceeding on another road on which it is permitted to proceed only in one direction turns into the relevant road; or

(ii) the carriageway of the relevant road is less than 5 metres wide and the sign is so placed that its centre is within 2 metres of the edge of the carriageway.

 

 

52 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a prohibition on certain types of vehicle

 

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In accordance with Direction 8 from the TSRGD, these signs should be on both sides of the road except where:

 

(i) traffic proceeding on another road on which it is permitted to proceed only in one direction turns into the relevant road; or

(ii) the carriageway of the relevant road is less than 5 metres wide and the sign is so placed that its centre is within 2 metres of the edge of the carriageway.

 

 

53 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering a pedestrian zone

 

 

In accordance with Direction 8 from the TSRGD, this sign should be on both sides of the road except where:

 

(i) traffic proceeding on another road on which it is permitted to proceed only in one direction turns into the relevant road; or

(ii) the carriageway of the relevant road is less than 5 metres wide and the sign is so placed that its centre is within 2 metres of the edge of the carriageway.

 

 

54 - Failing to comply with a sign indicating a restriction on vehicles entering and waiting in a pedestrian zone

 

In accordance with Direction 8 from the TSRGD, this sign should be on both sides of the road except where:

 

(i) traffic proceeding on another road on which it is permitted to proceed only in one direction turns into the relevant road; or

(ii) the carriageway of the relevant road is less than 5 metres wide and the sign is so placed that its centre is within 2 metres of the edge of the carriageway.
 

 

(The most common moving traffic offences are, no right turn ticket, no left turn ticket, u-turn ticket, no entry ticket, Vehicular traffic must proceed in the direction indicated by the arrow, Priority must be given to vehicles approaching from the opposite direction)