Drivers who do not use turn signals on British roads may be fined up to £2,500. An additional consequence may even be the loss of driving license.
Failure to comply with the highway code can result in severe penalties and even the loss of the driving licence, so drivers should also use turn signals when there are no other vehicles nearby. Why? It’s all about pedestrian safety – with turn signals, they know which direction the car is heading. According to the UK Highway Code, “signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians”.
“If you fail to signal and inform the pedestrian of your intentions, and someone gets hurt, you could be prosecuted, fined and even lose your driver’s license,” explained James O’Malley of Select Car Leasing.
In addition to a fine of up to £2,500, the driver is at risk of getting up to 9 penalty points and potentially losing his or her driving licence, which is decided by a court in each specific case.
Under the UK Highway Code, if a pedestrian is already on the road you want to drive on, they have priority and you have to wait until they pass.