overtaking or stopping on a pedestrian crossing
Fine up to £1,000, 3 penalty points and discretionary disqualification
mechanical defects, circumstances out of your control or stopping to avoid injury or damage to persons or property
There are different requirements for drivers with respect to pedestrian crossings dependent on whether it is a Zebra, Pelican, Puffin or Toucan Crossing. On a Zebra crossing (black and white lines with flashing orange beacons) there is an obligation to stop as soon as a pedestrian steps on it or appears to intend to step onto it (i.e. they have priority). The other crossings are all light controlled and the obligation is to comply with the lights.
The further general rules are that:
No, there is no requirement for an NIP for Pedestrian Crossing Offences.
Fine up to £1,000, 3 penalty points and discretionary disqualification from driving.
Defences are available if the vehicle contravening these regulations did so either:
These defences invariably turn on the particular facts and Police Officers often bring allegations of overtaking or stopping on a pedestrian crossing in circumstances where the offence has not been committed. This is especially the case with motorcycles. Do not assume what the Officer says is correct as they may not be conversant with the technicalities of the law in this area. We advise you contact us immediately if you are facing a prosecution in relation to pedestrian crossing offences to take specialist legal advice.
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