Drivers could face £100 fine and points on their licence with new motorway camera change

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Automatic motorway cameras can now catch people driving in closed lanes, as the new driving law was launched. New automatic cameras can now catch motorists out for driving in lanes marked with an X on motorways nationwide.

Highways England warned drivers on Twitter to abide by the rules or risk a fine.

The tweet read: “There’s no eXcuse – don’t ignore the red X.

“It’s illegal to drive in a red X lane and motorway cameras can now automatically detect drivers who flout the law.

“You could receive a £100 fine and get 3 points on your licence.”

They also clarified that a red X is “mandatory and legally enforceable if breached or ignored”.

Any other colour text on a motorway is an instruction of information.

Highways England confirmed the changes earlier this week.

They currently own over 1,500 traffic cameras which have been used to assist with the management of traffic in England for nearly 30 years.

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The announcement was generally met with criticism, with some saying the changes were confusing.

Twitter user itisntdisney1, claimed: “The signs on the M62 jct 26 – 28 were showing this at 6am today in light traffic. (sic)

“At the same time all the lanes were showing 60 mph including what should be the hard shoulder and No Red X Lane.

“No wonder drivers new to these motorways get confused.

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