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Fine for ignoring directions

Published: 22 February 2007

Updated: 19 November 2014

The first fine for ignoring the orders of a Highways Agency Traffic Officer has prompted a warning to road users’ fines of up to £1,000 and points can be implemented. 

The Traffic Management Act 2004 states Traffic Officers are afforded powers to direct and divert traffic.

They can also stop traffic, close lanes, roads and carriageways, implement traffic signs, manage traffic and conduct surveys. 

The reminder follows the first case of its kind in the country where a 45-year-old driver from Kent was fined £500 and given three points for ignoring the instructions of a Traffic Officer.

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