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Notes on the
Driving Fault Marking Guidelines

Traffic Controls



An applicant should comply with: - traffic lights, road signs, road markings, pedestrian crossings, School Wardens, Gardai, bus lanes, tram lanes and cycle lanes or a fault may be recorded for 'Traffic Controls' as appropriate.


Examples of 'Traffic Control' faults include:

  1. Traffic Lights: Not stopping for a red light as required, including where a tester has to offer advice. (See also 'Progress', (a) (b) (c) and (h). This includes where an applicant drives past a red light onto an arrowed box, which is painted near the centre of the junction, and to be used by traffic which is turning right. However where traffic lights are out of action, or are stuck on 'red' at a junction, the tester, having given reasonable time to the applicant to assess the situation, should say to the applicant, "These lights appear to be out of order, or faulty, you should proceed with caution". In an extreme case it may be necessary to divert temporarily from the route by e.g. turning left.
  2. Traffic Signs: In all cases, the applicant should have a reasonable opportunity to see the sign on the approach. Where a 'STOP' sign is set back a distance from a junction, an applicant should stop at the stop line, (or where the line should normally be), but if the applicant stops at the sign, a fault should not be recorded. Where an applicant drives through a 'YIELD' sign at a junction, a fault may be recorded for 'Observation' or for 'Right-of-Way' as appropriate - (not for Traffic Controls in this case). Where an applicant does not comply with a Regulatory sign (which was clearly visible on the approach), the applicant should be advised not to proceed e.g. through a 'No Entry' sign, or should be advised to proceed in the direction indicated by e.g. a compulsory 'left turn' sign. A fault should be recorded as appropriate. Where an applicant does not comply with a STOP/GO sign at road works, a fault may be recorded for 'Traffic Signs'.
  3. Road Markings: in all cases, the applicant should have a reasonable opportunity to see the road markings on the approach. Faded or worn markings mitigate any fault which may be incurred. Where confusing or inappropriate road markings are in situ, the tester should diplomatically advise the applicant on how to proceed. A fault should not be recorded in this case.

Examples of 'Road Marking' faults include:

  1. Disregard for a Box Junction: Disregard for a continuous white line, but where an applicant is following behind a slow-moving vehicle e.g. a tractor, a cyclist, or a refuse collection truck, and overtakes on a continuous white line a fault should not be recorded for 'Traffic Control'. Where the applicant does stay behind the slow vehicle because of the continuous white line, a fault should not be recorded for 'Progress'. Where traffic lanes are marked and an applicant straddles the lanes, a fault should not be recorded for 'Road Markings' (see position in traffic lanes P6). However where a continuous white line is marked on a bend and an applicant drives in an incorrect position, and also breaches the line unnecessarily, a fault may be recorded for 'Road Markings' only in this case. Where an applicant drives for a distance on, or straddles a hard shoulder in order to allow faster traffic to overtake a fault should not be recorded for 'Road Markings'. (See 'Position on the Straight'. P.6.)

    Where an applicant has a reasonable opportunity to comply with 'chevron' or 'hatch' markings but does not do so, a fault may be recorded for 'Road Markings'.

    Where an applicant follows an incorrect course at a right or left hand turn, and breaches the road markings in the process, a fault should not be recorded for 'Road Markings'. Where an applicant breaches 'No Entry' road markings, a fault should not be recorded for 'Road Markings', provided that the Regulatory Sign was clearly visible on the approach.
  2. Pedestrian Crossings: All faults which are incurred at pedestrian crossings, or at Pelican crossings, including stopping on them, are recorded as 'Pedestrian Crossing' faults. However, faults which are incurred for not complying with Traffic Lights which control a junction, and which also incorporates a pedestrian crossing area, are recorded as 'Traffic Light' faults. Where an applicant does not proceed on a flashing amber light at a Pelican Crossing when the way is clear, a fault may be recorded for 'Pedestrian Crossings'.
  3. School Wardens: If the applicant has not had reasonable time and opportunity to see the Warden(s), then no faults should be recorded.
  4. Gardai: In all cases, the applicant should have a reasonable opportunity and time to see the Garda.
  5. Bus Lanes: Faults should not be double marked to include e.g. 'Position', 'Signs', or 'Road Markings'. Where an applicant encroaches unnecessarily for a distance on a bus lane, a fault may be recorded as appropriate, other than 'D1' and 'D' tests. A fault should not be recorded where a driver does not drive in a bus lane during the relevant hours, including bus applicants.
  6. Cycle Lanes: - Faults should not be double marked to include e.g. 'Position', 'Signs', or 'Road Markings.