Street And Road Clutter To Be Removed. Thank You Eric Pickles.

To encourage more direct intervention by ministers to speed up and give moral and actual authority to effect the removal of the growing menace and danger of notices, signs and any other distracting rubbish put up by local councils and the police on mororways, roads, streets and anywhere else they fancy.

Why is this idea important?

To encourage more direct intervention by ministers to speed up and give moral and actual authority to effect the removal of the growing menace and danger of notices, signs and any other distracting rubbish put up by local councils and the police on mororways, roads, streets and anywhere else they fancy.

Allow “Except Cyclists” on “No entry” signs

Do away with the DfT rule which prevents the siting of "Except Cyclists" signs being mounted along with "No Entry" signs.  This would effectively allow more opportunities for contraflow cycling (where appropriate) in currently one way streets.

Why is this idea important?

Do away with the DfT rule which prevents the siting of "Except Cyclists" signs being mounted along with "No Entry" signs.  This would effectively allow more opportunities for contraflow cycling (where appropriate) in currently one way streets.

Road Sign Confusion

Cut back drastically on the number of road signs that have been grouped together.   As a motorist it is unsafe as well as confusing to read them all and take the necessary action.   A case in point recently was the clutter of signs near Victoria Station where motorists were given tickets for not obeying one of the signs.

Why is this idea important?

Cut back drastically on the number of road signs that have been grouped together.   As a motorist it is unsafe as well as confusing to read them all and take the necessary action.   A case in point recently was the clutter of signs near Victoria Station where motorists were given tickets for not obeying one of the signs.

Review of Graduated Speed Restrictions required

Calculated to reduce road traffic accidents and fatalies, implementation of the current national road strategy has seen a rash of graduated speed restrictions spring up country wide. The purpose of these restrictions being to constrain vehicles to lower speeds as they approach built-up areas. This is an excellent method of governing entry to those restricted areas.

However the manner in which this idea has been implemented is ill conceived. The restriction is unnecessarily applied to traffic travelling out of those same built-up areas. At the point where they would previously have been entering a national speed limit zone, motorists are now restricted for a further distance. This encourages frustration and bad road manners in drivers, with many attempting to overtake rashly and putting other road users in danger. This of course makes them law breakers and subject to legislation. In turn, this puts greater pressure on our overworked policing & justice systems and added burden on the tax payers pocket.

This same idea has been successfully adopted elsewhere internationally with the graduation applied only to traffic entering restricted zones – not those leaving. The governement should consider lifting this needless restriction. 

Why is this idea important?

Calculated to reduce road traffic accidents and fatalies, implementation of the current national road strategy has seen a rash of graduated speed restrictions spring up country wide. The purpose of these restrictions being to constrain vehicles to lower speeds as they approach built-up areas. This is an excellent method of governing entry to those restricted areas.

However the manner in which this idea has been implemented is ill conceived. The restriction is unnecessarily applied to traffic travelling out of those same built-up areas. At the point where they would previously have been entering a national speed limit zone, motorists are now restricted for a further distance. This encourages frustration and bad road manners in drivers, with many attempting to overtake rashly and putting other road users in danger. This of course makes them law breakers and subject to legislation. In turn, this puts greater pressure on our overworked policing & justice systems and added burden on the tax payers pocket.

This same idea has been successfully adopted elsewhere internationally with the graduation applied only to traffic entering restricted zones – not those leaving. The governement should consider lifting this needless restriction. 

Permit usage of metres on road signs

Current Traffic Sign Regulations disallow the usage of the ‘metre’ on Road Signs, forcing the use of the ‘yard’ instead. This forces the use of an old fashioned measure which is so close to the metre to be a modern metric alternative. . The yard is so close to the metre that many road signs that show a distance in yards are actually positioned ready for metrication. Eg you often see signs for 110 yards, which is 100m so signs would not need to be repositioned.The word metre could be abbreviated to ‘mtr’ to avoid confusion with miles. The yard is currently always abbreviated to the letter ‘yrd’ anyway which is 3 letters.

Why is this idea important?

Current Traffic Sign Regulations disallow the usage of the ‘metre’ on Road Signs, forcing the use of the ‘yard’ instead. This forces the use of an old fashioned measure which is so close to the metre to be a modern metric alternative. . The yard is so close to the metre that many road signs that show a distance in yards are actually positioned ready for metrication. Eg you often see signs for 110 yards, which is 100m so signs would not need to be repositioned.The word metre could be abbreviated to ‘mtr’ to avoid confusion with miles. The yard is currently always abbreviated to the letter ‘yrd’ anyway which is 3 letters.

Stop Painting Roads

There are too many regulations governing the marking of roads.  Every different road use needs a different marking and each needs a sign to tell us what it means – and these markings and signs are too frequent, and cost a huge amount to implement.

 

Why is this idea important?

There are too many regulations governing the marking of roads.  Every different road use needs a different marking and each needs a sign to tell us what it means – and these markings and signs are too frequent, and cost a huge amount to implement.

 

Allow metres rather than yards on distance signs

At present, the Weights and Measures Act requires local authorities and others to use yards rather than metres in signs measuring distance (although this is not often enforced against private companies, local authorities and government agencies tend to follow the legal requirement).

The relevant sections of the Act should be repealed to permit (not force) the use of metres instead of yards, where local authorities and others responsible for signage think it is appropriate. 

Why is this idea important?

At present, the Weights and Measures Act requires local authorities and others to use yards rather than metres in signs measuring distance (although this is not often enforced against private companies, local authorities and government agencies tend to follow the legal requirement).

The relevant sections of the Act should be repealed to permit (not force) the use of metres instead of yards, where local authorities and others responsible for signage think it is appropriate. 

Remove and destroy for ever the ridiculous smiley face road signs… WE ARE NOT PLAYSCHOOL CHILDREN!!!

Well, the title says it all. Get rid of the silly digital smiley / frown face speed check signs! They serve no purpose but to infuriate motorists by insulting their intelligence and by suggesting that we should be treated like children. Everybody I know who passes them admits to speeding up instead of slowing down when they see one. They have an adverse effect and they make us look like morons.  I'm not a moron! I'm a mature adult who finds it offensive to be so blatantly patronised by a ridiculous nanny state.

Why is this idea important?

Well, the title says it all. Get rid of the silly digital smiley / frown face speed check signs! They serve no purpose but to infuriate motorists by insulting their intelligence and by suggesting that we should be treated like children. Everybody I know who passes them admits to speeding up instead of slowing down when they see one. They have an adverse effect and they make us look like morons.  I'm not a moron! I'm a mature adult who finds it offensive to be so blatantly patronised by a ridiculous nanny state.

Rationalising Road and Street Signs, and Traffic Lights

Ove recent years, the number and size of road and street signs has mushroomed to the point where we are now presented with a visual blitz of messages all competing for our attention.

Most of them are there for ostensibly safety reasons, but the sheer number means that the really important messages get lost in a visual mess of competing signs.

This mess of signage also greatly degrades the appearnce of many of our towns.

We need to revise whatever regulations or standards govern the placement of signs, and start to eliminate those signs which add little value, leaving only that that are vital for safety or direction-giving.

For example, at a large roundabout near me, at the junction of the A10 and the A14, for each stram of traffic joining the roundabout there are an amazing SIX sets of IDENTICAL lights – two sets on different levels on eacvh of three poles; one on each side of the road, and one on the roundabout! A single set on the roundabout is quite sufficient.

Why is this idea important?

Ove recent years, the number and size of road and street signs has mushroomed to the point where we are now presented with a visual blitz of messages all competing for our attention.

Most of them are there for ostensibly safety reasons, but the sheer number means that the really important messages get lost in a visual mess of competing signs.

This mess of signage also greatly degrades the appearnce of many of our towns.

We need to revise whatever regulations or standards govern the placement of signs, and start to eliminate those signs which add little value, leaving only that that are vital for safety or direction-giving.

For example, at a large roundabout near me, at the junction of the A10 and the A14, for each stram of traffic joining the roundabout there are an amazing SIX sets of IDENTICAL lights – two sets on different levels on eacvh of three poles; one on each side of the road, and one on the roundabout! A single set on the roundabout is quite sufficient.

Placement of Speed Limit Signs

Speed limit signs are placed where it is easy to overlook them.

It is a habit for councils to place speed limit signs on junctions, such as the exit points of roundabouts, where a motorist's attention is being used to check the route for hazards , e.g. pedestrians, and other traffic so it is very easy to miss the speed limit signs. Unfortunately it  also seem to be the habit of mobile speed cameras to target motorists within the first few yards of speed limits.

A solution to this would be to place speed limit signs a minimum distance
from the junction, so for example on the exits to a roundabout place the
signs 50 yards/meters away from the exit point. The speed limit should also be painted on the road at the entrance to a speed limit zone. This would ensure motorists
would not be distracted by other events and would then proceed at the safe
speed for the conditions.

I note that our local authority does not like to place pedestrian crossing
close to a roundabout exit as they realise the dangers of having the
crossings too close to the roundabout when the motorist is multitasking.

Why is this idea important?

Speed limit signs are placed where it is easy to overlook them.

It is a habit for councils to place speed limit signs on junctions, such as the exit points of roundabouts, where a motorist's attention is being used to check the route for hazards , e.g. pedestrians, and other traffic so it is very easy to miss the speed limit signs. Unfortunately it  also seem to be the habit of mobile speed cameras to target motorists within the first few yards of speed limits.

A solution to this would be to place speed limit signs a minimum distance
from the junction, so for example on the exits to a roundabout place the
signs 50 yards/meters away from the exit point. The speed limit should also be painted on the road at the entrance to a speed limit zone. This would ensure motorists
would not be distracted by other events and would then proceed at the safe
speed for the conditions.

I note that our local authority does not like to place pedestrian crossing
close to a roundabout exit as they realise the dangers of having the
crossings too close to the roundabout when the motorist is multitasking.

Road Signage

Here in Bristol we suffer from excessive road signage

The other day i counted 10 red traffic lights pointing at me telling me to stop at a junction.

Do we really need 4 huge black and white arrows telling me which way to go round a traffic island ? My local traffic island ( white tree island (BS6) ) has some lovely flowers totally obscured by these ridiculas signs.

I can see why the council are doing this.

We need to examine our Libel laws

Why is this idea important?

Here in Bristol we suffer from excessive road signage

The other day i counted 10 red traffic lights pointing at me telling me to stop at a junction.

Do we really need 4 huge black and white arrows telling me which way to go round a traffic island ? My local traffic island ( white tree island (BS6) ) has some lovely flowers totally obscured by these ridiculas signs.

I can see why the council are doing this.

We need to examine our Libel laws