You could be fined up to £5,000 and even lose your licence if you don't indicate when turning near a pedestrian

FAILING to indicate when turning near a pedestrian could see you hit with a large fine and points on your licence.

And if you forget to signal and a passerby is injured, you could even be disqualified from driving.

Signalling is essential for road users to safe, but some drivers may fail to indicate if there aren't any other vehicles around.

Motorists must also consider pedestrians who may be looking to cross the road they wish to turn into, and signal accordingly.

Driving without signalling your intentions can lead to collisions with motorists and pedestrians.

And if you're spotted by police, you could be handed a £100 on-the-spot fine.

But depending on the severity of the incident, you can be hit with a maximum £5,000 fine, nine points on their licence and even be disqualified from driving – especially if a pedestrian is injured because you forgot to indicate.

So, although there's no specific offence for failing to signal your intentions, careless driving or dangerous driving can attract heavy penalties.

The Highway Code states: "signals warn and inform other road users, including pedestrians, of your intended actions".

If you're turning down a street where a pedestrian has started to cross, you must let them pass as they have the right of way.

Emma Patterson, a UK motoring lawyer at Patterson Law, said: "Drivers need to signal their intentions to all road users, and that includes pedestrians.

"Failing to do so may mean a motorist falls below the threshold of being a careful, competent driver and they could be hit with a 'driving without due care and attention’ charge, or in rarer circumstances even 'dangerous driving’.

"In some ways, an over eagerness to signal can be just as bad as failing to signal."

 

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