Traffic Light Failure
When a set of traffic lights have failed to work you should treat the junction as an uncontrolled junction - one where no one has priority. In such a case, you should be prepared to stop and give way.
Advanced Stop Lines
Some traffic light controlled junctions have advanced stop lines. These allow cyclists, and
sometimes buses, to wait ahead of all other traffic, usually in an area marked by a different
coloured road surface.
All other traffic must wait behind the first stop line, and should avoid waiting in the marked
When the traffic light turns to green, traffic waiting at the first stop line should be patient and
allow time and space for the cyclists or bus to move off.
Approaching Traffic Lights
As you approach a set of traffic lights you should always be ready to stop. Never speed up to try and reach a green light before it chances. Use the MSM/PSL routine as you approach, look for any lane markings and get into the correct lane in good time.
Red - stop and wait at the stop line.
Red and amber - stop and wait.
Green - go if the way ahead is clear.
Amber - stop, unless
you've already crossed the stop line
you're so close to it that pulling up might cause an accident.
On your driving the test the examiner will expect you to:
Use the MSM/PSL routines as you approach
Get to the correct lane
Stop when required to do so
Move off when required to do so.