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    Default Crossed Solid White line

    Hi,

    Can someone please tell me who detects such offences like crossing a white solid line? I was with my friend today and he was on a wrong lane and in order to move to the right lane he crossed a solid white line. The white solid line had broken white lines along with it but our side was solid line. It is illegal we know. There were many cameras there, like speed camera then a big yellow pole with two cameras on top and another silver pole with two cameras on top of it.

    Will these cameras catch the offence or its only police mobile cars who catch it? Thanks

    Here is the link of the road

    https://www.google.com/maps/@51.4953...zPSWrQ!2e0!3e5

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    anyone please?

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    This kind of offence would usually be detected by observation. Speed cameras are triggered by speed and not crossing a line.

    You don't say why you are asking. Was your friend stopped and spoken to by a policeman? If not, I don't think he has anything to worry about.

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    Thank you for the reply.

    No we were not stopped by Police. Its just that there were many cameras there, like I mentioned before apart from yellow speed cameras there were some other cameras on top of silver/grey pole. I was just curious if those cameras detect such offence.

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    In the unlikely event that the police would want to prosecute, they have 14 days to send a NIP (Notice of Intended Prosecution) to the registered keeper of the vehicle. If nothing arrives within 20 days (to allow the post office time to deliver) you can rest easy.

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    Hi, isarwar. I am assuming that the white line you refer to was to the offside of your friend's vehicle, in which case Rule 129 of the Highway Code applies.
    This states: Double white lines where the line nearest to you is solid. This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe to do so. You may cross the line if necessary, providing the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph or less.
    What I do find puzzling is that I cannot imagine a situation where you would cross such a line in order to move into a 'correct lane'.

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    isawar, I have had another look at the road layout, and followed it further along. The reason for this line format is that, further on, it allows a "second bite" at getting into the correct lane. But I can imagine someone strange to the area crossing that line if they were not aware of that "second bite" situation. There are speed cameras but, as Santa points out, these measure speed, not changing of lanes. With no police observation being involved I would not worry. Even then, providing no danger was created, I doubt the police would be too ready to inflict punishment. It's probable that strange-to-the-area drivers frequently make this correction, and the police would most likely be aware of it.

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    First, Rule 129 does NOT only apply to the offside, so your friend's move definitely sounds illegal. Also, there are lots of cameras around capable of detecting illegal lane changes.

    However, AFAIK they are only employed by local authorities where bus lane offences have been decriminalised, so probably nothing to worry about.

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    The fact that you were worried enough to post your question on here, shows that you take driving seriously, where as, a lot of drivers do that sort of thing every day, and don't even think or worry about the consequences?So I wouldn't worry about it, as previously mentioned, them cameras were speed cameras, so unless you were speeding, they wouldn't have gone off, good luck.

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    I know this road and your friend is not alone in his confusion. It is rather easy to mistakenly assume that the nearside lane is a slip road, so if you want the tunnel, you think you need to change lane. As a passenger, you should have been reading the signs on an unfamiliar road to help him.

    That said, I still think that he has nothing to worry about.

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