The yellow box crossing rule is changing as drivers face more fines

There are some important changes to how fines are enforced for a common traffic violation. The changed fines for the wrong use of yellow box intersections were criticized by car experts

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Drivers are concerned as new changes could lead to more frequent fines

Drivers have been warned of a change in road enforcement rules that could see them face some hefty fines.

Motorists are often fined for misusing yellow boxed intersections as they are designed to avoid deadlocked traffic.

The changes have been criticized by experts as they could mean many drivers are “mistreated”.

The Highway Code says: “You may NOT enter the pits until your exit or lane is clear. However, you can enter the pits and wait if you wish to turn right and are only prevented by oncoming traffic and other vehicles waiting to turn right.

“At signaled roundabouts, you MUST NOT enter the box unless you can fully cross it without stopping.”

So what changes should drivers look out for?

What are the changes to the yellow box junctions?

Councils will be given new powers to criminalize drivers


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Drivers can already be fined for stopping at a yellow box junction, but under the new changes local authorities will have the power to charge people.

Police are currently responsible for issuing fines for ‘moving traffic’, except in London and Cardiff.

Transport for London (TfL) issued 76,977 fines for incidents at yellow box junctions in 2020 alone.

If the changes come into force, nearly 300 councils in England will be able to apply to the Department for Transport for the right to impose these penalties on drivers.

Drivers issued with a PCN can be fined up to £130 for using the yellow box incorrectly, although this can be halved if the fine is paid within two weeks.

When will the yellow box fines change?

The change, which gives councils more powers, has been criticized by the RAC


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Councils will be given more powers against motorists from June 1 and can bring charges for traffic violations at yellow-boxed junctions.

Currently, most municipalities can only issue PCNs for parking and driving in bus lanes.

Experts are concerned about the easily enforceable fines, as stopping in the yellow box area doesn’t always have to be a driver’s fault. There may be temporary construction sites, traffic lights or pedestrians forcing the car to stop, as well as random vehicles in the way or stationary cars.

The RAC’s head of road policy, Nicholas Lyes, said fines should be “fairly enforced”.

He said: “In the absence of definitive guidance on the design, maintenance and enforcement of box crossings, there will be a high level of confusion among drivers and local authorities, which could lead to an avalanche of fines being wrongly issued and then being appealed .

“It is absolutely crucial that yellow box crossings are fairly enforced and as things stand this may not be the case – meaning many drivers will be mistreated and lose out financially as a result.”

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