Traffic Lights

Department for Transport written question – answered on 23rd June 2021.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if will assess the potential merits of updating the Highway Code to allow vehicles to turn left on red traffic signals.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The Department has no plans to review legislation to allow this. There are serious safety issues raised by the practice as it would compromise the safe use of dedicated pedestrian facilities. Any reduction in vehicle delays would be minimal as most traffic signals in the UK are already designed to be traffic responsive, unlike those fixed-time signals used in other countries.

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