Drivers warned they could face £2,500 fine for not indicating in ‘negligent act’

Drivers warned they could face £2,500 fine for not indicating in ‘negligent act’

01/08/2021

UK mobile phone driving laws explained by the RAC

Most drivers know they must indicate to inform drivers of their intentions and avoid possible accidents. However, motorists must remember they still need to use their indicators even if there are no other cars around them.

Pedestrians must also be considered with indicators playing a vital part in their decision making when crossing the road.

The Highway Code has warned pedestrians do have priority over vehicles when they cross the road.

It warns drivers must “wait for them to cross” the road completely before attempting to continue driving.

The Code states: “Signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions.”

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“If a pedestrian is already halfway across the road you’re trying to turn in to, they have priority and you need to wait for them to cross.”

Road users could be charged with “driving without due care and attention” if a pedestrian is injured after failing to indicate.

This would see drivers issued between three and nine points on their driving licence and a fine of up to £2,500.

A penalty for dangerous driving can also be issued in circumstances where pedestrians were put in serious risk.

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Dangerous driving penalties can range from an unlimited fine, a driving ban and even two years imprisonment in serious consequences.

Ben Smithson, car insurance expert at USwitch has warned drivers could even invalidate their car insurance policy for making the simple mistake.

He said: “Failing to use your indicators to signal is not only confusing for other road users and pedestrians but also dangerous.

“The negligent act would invalidate your car insurance if you were to be involved in an accident and there would likely be harsh consequences as a result.”

The RAC has previously warned inadequate or excessive indicating can land road users in trouble.

They warned there were several ways in which indicators could cause confusion among road users and pedestrians.

This included forgetting to signal at all, forgetting to cancel it after a turn or signalling too late.

A 2017 survey from YourParkingSpace found not indicating before making a manoeuvre was the one thing drivers were most infuriated about.

A total of 72 percent of drivers surveyed said this annoyed them, followed by 71 percent who picked mobile phone use when driving.

Mr Smithson waned many drivers were simply “unaware” their bad habits could be illegal and lead to penalties.

He said: “It’s not uncommon for drivers to pick up bad habits on the road, even if they have been driving for years, however many are unaware that they could be illegal and dangerous.”

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