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Surveillance cameras are to be used for the first time to film drivers making illegal manoeuvres at busy yellow-box junctions, it was announced yesterday. Three junctions in London are to be monitored in the pilot project in an attempt to cut down on accidents and delays.

Motorists caught breaking the law will face an instant pounds 20 fine, or can contest the case in court, where the maximum penalty is pounds 1,000 if they lose. The scheme is aimed at preventing drivers from entering box junctions when the exit is blocked. This often causes a traffic jam as vehicles become trapped in the centre. Police also want to deter people from making illegal right- and left-hand turns and U-turns, all of which can cause accidents. The system will operate along junctions on the A501 in west London in the Euston and Baker Street areas.

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