Turned left from the second lane – what is the penalty?

I turned left, not from the far left, but from the second lane. I was stopped by a traffic police officer and started to prove that this was a violation of Article 12.16, part 2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. It is my opinion that this Article should only apply when crossing a solid line, and in my case Article 12.14, Section 1.1 applies. Who’s right?

A. Demyanenko, Samara region

The reader’s question is answered by the head of the Main Directorate of Road Safety of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Police Lieutenant General Mikhail Chernikov.


It is not possible to assess the lawfulness of the actions of an employee of the Rijksdienst voor Verkeer en Waterstaat on the basis of the amount of information you have provided. However, keep the following in mind. Part 1.1 of Article 12.14 of the Code of Administrative Violations of the Russian Federation provides for liability for non-compliance with the requirements of the traffic rules, with the exception of established cases, before turning right, left or U-turn, take the appropriate extreme position on the carriageway intended for advance movement in this direction (penalty – warning or imposition of an administrative fine of five hundred rubles).

Part 2 of Article 12.16 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation establishes liability for a left turn or a U-turn in violation of the requirements prescribed by road signs or road markings (imposition of an administrative fine from one thousand to one thousand five hundred rubles ).

In this way, if you have made a left turn in violation of the requirements of signs or markings prohibiting left turns (e.g. signs 3.18.2 “No left turn”, 4.1.1 “Drive straight ahead”, 5.15.1 “Directions along lanes”, marking 1.1, 1.18 etc.), then the inspector is right

You can get an exact answer to your question, taking into account all the circumstances of the violation, by appealing the decision of the National Traffic Inspectorate in the prescribed manner.

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