2 queries relating to this Wood Lane U-Turn Penalty please?
I was on A40 West Way east-bound passing the junction with Wood Lane, on the lane towards A3220 (to West Cross Route/Hammersmith City).
Please see another illustration attached at the end.
From the diagram PDF, my intention was to travel straight west to east, to go to West Cross Route south-bound. At the junction illustrated in PDF, I got confused with the lanes marking, the timing of the two Traffic lights 2 & 3, when I took the 2nd lane of the three (see with Traffic lights 1 & 2). I noticed the 2nd lane indicates the right turn, although I need to go straight through Traffic light 3. I was unsure if I can go straight in that instance. Went straight any way when green, but when I reached * marking in the diagram I still saw the red of Traffic Light 3. So I paused at *, but obviously blocking the car behind and received loud honking. There is something wrong here I suppose:
a: Shall I just wait till green by Traffic light 3 in the middle of the junction, whilst blocking the car behind me
b: Shall I go through the red of Traffic light 3 any way if the road is clear
c: Or I shouldn't have gone straight passing through Traffic Light 3 and instead I could only take right turn into Wood Lane south-bound.
After facing such repeated situations & confusion, one day I took the 1st lane turing left into Wood Lane north, that is when I started getting penalty for making a U-turn like others to reach back to the West Way East-bound & A3220 West Cross Route (south-bound). I have received 60 quids penalty twice in the same week already, as this is my daily commute. I am not sure if I have repeated more and am to receive the repeat penalties more.
Q: I am just new with traffic rules, and wonder if I have to pay each same penalty no matter how many times I repeat within a short period whilst I am not aware of the nature of the contravention. Is there any discount as such to pay only once, ha har?
Thanks very much for your responses.