Is it particularly important for you to escape this penalty? Are you a new driver or do you have points already?
Of course the police will say that they are going to be successful in any prosecution. They are not going to say that your defence will succeed!
They are correct that they don’t have to follow the guidelines. It would be remiss of them, not two, but they don’t have to follow them because they are not written statute.
I assume that the sign is on the post which is just behind the blue car which is poking out of the drive.
If that’s the case, I can see why you are aggrieved.
I cannot see the sign that they allege was visible at the junction.
The legislation says that there must be repeater signs at specific intervals and your defence would be that there are no repeater signs because they are obscured.
You need a plan which shows where the visible and where all the invisible signs are and where you joined the road.
I think you have a good prospect of succeeding in defending this if it went to court but you never know what the magistrates are going to say on the day. The downside is of course that if you are still found guilty regardless, you will have to pay prosecution costs and a higher penalty and of course some prosecution costs. You could however appeal that decision if you are found guilty.
Good luck with it. You deserve it.
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I think numerals 1-4 are a good plan.
I don’t think that 4 will assist with any court proceedings.
Whether you go to court on this really depends on whether you can spare the time.
Rule number one is “never go to court on a principle”
You go to court either because you are not guilty or because (in this case) is there was no signage which complied with the statutory requirements and in particular no signage which was visible!
It will be interesting to see the website when it is completed.
What you want to avoid is the trouble of going to court and hence, I would send them the before & after photographs and tell them that if they persist in this, you are going to complain to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.