Frequently Asked Questions
A yellow box junction is a road marking consisting of a yellow box with criss crossing yellow lines. It is placed at intersections or other areas with high traffic and is designed to prevent gridlock by prohibiting drivers from entering it unless their exit is clear.
Yellow hatchings are common in areas where vehicles are not permitted to stop or park, such as bus lanes, bike lanes, and pedestrian crossings. They can also be used to indicate possible hazards, such as near a crossroads or roundabout. Additionally, yellow hatchings might be used to denote a box junction or a clearway.
If you become stopped on the yellow hatchings at a box junction, keep calm and try to get out of the box as fast and safely as possible. If you are unable to do so, you may be issued a penalty charge notice for blocking the box.
Yes, you may receive a fine if you enter a box junction and then cannot exit due to traffic. The fine for this offense varies by jurisdiction, but it is intended to discourage drivers from blocking intersections and causing traffic congestion.
When driving, oncoming and left-turning traffic always takes precedence, and this is no different at a box junction. That is why, if you are turning right, you must wait for a gap in approaching traffic before turning.
Logically, in order to pass through a box junction, you must first enter the box. Turning left, on the other hand, should be done only when your departure path is clear and you can cross the junction without stopping.
A box junction, denoted by yellow criss cross lines painted on the road, is intended to control traffic flow at busy crossings. The lines’ aim is to keep vehicles from entering the box if their exit is blocked, reducing congestion and enhancing safety for all road users.