Driver WARNING – Avoid making this common error at traffic lights or land £100 fine

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Motorists could be fined £100 and land three penalty points for making a mistake at traffic lights

Stopping at the wrong point at a set of traffic lights could land you a £100 fine and three penalty points.

It is common knowledge that you must stop at a red light and you can be fined if you fail to do this.

Motorists are, however, required to stop before the Advanced Stop Lines (ASL) box to avoid being punished.

Some people might not be aware of what an ASL box is but the majority of road users will have seen one.

They are an area ahead of cars which are designated for cyclists to move into so they can stop and get away safely at traffic lights.

It gives cyclists a few yards to move off at the lights ahead of cars.

Drivers can be fined £100 and three penalty points on their driving licence if they stop or move into the box while stopped at the lights.

Police officers can hand you a fine if they see you encroach into the ASL zone.

The Highway Code states: “Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic.

“Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.

“If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area.

“Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows.”

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