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  • Smart Motorways - X Marks The Spot

    GET SMART ON THE MOTORWAY - X MARKS THE SPOT

    A Red X sign indicates that a lane is closed to traffic. Many drivers seem to ignore this on motorways which can cause danger to other road users and risk and fine and points.

    A Red X sign indicates that a lane is closed to traffic. You must stay out of that lane as there may be an incident or people working ahead, and we may need to keep the lane clear to provide access for maintenance or emergency services.

    A Red X can be displayed on gantry signs above each lane or on large signs above the nearside (left hand) of the carriageway.

    It’s illegal to drive in a lane closed by a Red X sign. If you’re caught, you could receive a fixed penalty of up to £100 and three points, and in some cases more severe penalties or a court appearance. It’s the responsibility of the police to enforce Red X offences.

    For your own safety and the safety of others, never drive in a lane closed by a Red X sign (unless instructed to do by a Highways of Police Traffic Officer).