Equal rights to fine councils back

Common people should be able to fine the council for potholes, broken glass shards, over grown bushes etc. Much like the Council fines people that parks slightly carelessly, yes sometimes parking carelessly is unsafe, but so is poorly maintained roads and paths.

Why is this idea important?

Common people should be able to fine the council for potholes, broken glass shards, over grown bushes etc. Much like the Council fines people that parks slightly carelessly, yes sometimes parking carelessly is unsafe, but so is poorly maintained roads and paths.

Switch the speed-limits on roads to metric ASAP. Delaying is starting to cost money…

It's well overdue that an "officially metric" country such as ours should demonstrate that offical line by changing the existing out-of-date road signs to metric. Most British drivers have been 100% educated in metric, and everyone's used to sports events using metric measurements for everything.

It is possibly not obvious that delaying any further on the speed-limits issue is actually a direct problem. However, is *is* a problem and here's why:

Councils all across the country are installing more and more radar-operated speed-warning signs as a technique for encouraging motorists to slow down where appropriate. ( I have no problem with that, it's a far better method than making criminals of perfectly good people who just happen to be looking out of the windscreen at the road rather than fixating on what their speedo says! )

However – these radar-triggered signs are in many cases physically built with arrays of LEDs that form the shape of a red roundel with "30" or "20" written inside just like the fixed speed-linit signs. And therein lies the problem.

When the inevitable switch to metric road signs does happen, those signs are going to need to be rebuilt. It's likely not to be the sort of thing that can be done by a council road gang at the side of the road. The signs will probably need to be de-mounted, taken back to the depot, changed, and then re-fitted. The "changed" bit might even require the sign to be sent back to the manufacturer.

This is going to cost MONEY. The longer we leave the switchover to km/h the worse it will get.

So the claim of this thread is – please repeal the out-of-date requirements of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions that are forcing the use of miles and miles-per-hour on our signs, and join the rest of the world using km and km/h.

The UK does have a land border with another country (Eire) that already uses km/h on its signs. You get to drive faster on de-limited Irish roads too because 120km/h is faster than 70mph.

Why is this idea important?

It's well overdue that an "officially metric" country such as ours should demonstrate that offical line by changing the existing out-of-date road signs to metric. Most British drivers have been 100% educated in metric, and everyone's used to sports events using metric measurements for everything.

It is possibly not obvious that delaying any further on the speed-limits issue is actually a direct problem. However, is *is* a problem and here's why:

Councils all across the country are installing more and more radar-operated speed-warning signs as a technique for encouraging motorists to slow down where appropriate. ( I have no problem with that, it's a far better method than making criminals of perfectly good people who just happen to be looking out of the windscreen at the road rather than fixating on what their speedo says! )

However – these radar-triggered signs are in many cases physically built with arrays of LEDs that form the shape of a red roundel with "30" or "20" written inside just like the fixed speed-linit signs. And therein lies the problem.

When the inevitable switch to metric road signs does happen, those signs are going to need to be rebuilt. It's likely not to be the sort of thing that can be done by a council road gang at the side of the road. The signs will probably need to be de-mounted, taken back to the depot, changed, and then re-fitted. The "changed" bit might even require the sign to be sent back to the manufacturer.

This is going to cost MONEY. The longer we leave the switchover to km/h the worse it will get.

So the claim of this thread is – please repeal the out-of-date requirements of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions that are forcing the use of miles and miles-per-hour on our signs, and join the rest of the world using km and km/h.

The UK does have a land border with another country (Eire) that already uses km/h on its signs. You get to drive faster on de-limited Irish roads too because 120km/h is faster than 70mph.

Repeal statutory undertaker rights to dig holes

When gas, electric, water and phones were privatised, they took with them in to the private sector almost unlimited powers to dig holes for repair, replacement and laying infrastructure. These powers were – perhaps – tolerable when the company was under ultimate ministerial control. But now these powers are massively abused in the pursuit of profit. Utilities routinely:

  • dig up pavements and paving in pedestrian areas, and instead of making good on a like for like basis, they cover the hole in tarmac, which soon settles and puddles. As Council's have a got a grip of the quality of the public realm, millions of pounds worth of damage to good modern – often decorative – paving is inflicted by these companies, leaving us with uneven and patchwork walking environments
  • dig up roads without coordinating with other utilities, so that the same road can be dug up successively, causing disruption and traffic delays
  • fail to make rapid progress with works, also causing traffic delays in roads, and unsightly and often unsafe conditions on pavements

It's time these powers were removed, and they were forced to book their work with the council,  pay for the chaos they cause (including delays to drivers and passengers), and reinstate like for like.

Why is this idea important?

When gas, electric, water and phones were privatised, they took with them in to the private sector almost unlimited powers to dig holes for repair, replacement and laying infrastructure. These powers were – perhaps – tolerable when the company was under ultimate ministerial control. But now these powers are massively abused in the pursuit of profit. Utilities routinely:

  • dig up pavements and paving in pedestrian areas, and instead of making good on a like for like basis, they cover the hole in tarmac, which soon settles and puddles. As Council's have a got a grip of the quality of the public realm, millions of pounds worth of damage to good modern – often decorative – paving is inflicted by these companies, leaving us with uneven and patchwork walking environments
  • dig up roads without coordinating with other utilities, so that the same road can be dug up successively, causing disruption and traffic delays
  • fail to make rapid progress with works, also causing traffic delays in roads, and unsightly and often unsafe conditions on pavements

It's time these powers were removed, and they were forced to book their work with the council,  pay for the chaos they cause (including delays to drivers and passengers), and reinstate like for like.

Removal of the 70 mph motorway limit

 

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.
The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Why is this idea important?

 

The 70 mph motorway limit is a relic of the past. Introduced in 1965 when cars lacked the modern safety features that almost every car on Britain's roads today have.  Today most drivers ignore the limit anyway, so why not scrap it completely? At the very least it should be raised.
The autobahn system in which an advisory speed limit of 80 mph is set is very effective and there is no noticeable difference in casualties between German autobahns and British motorways. The fact is for many days of the year it is perfectly safe for a vehicle to travel at speeds greater than 70 mph. And for those days where it isn't? Well I'm sure the British public have the ability to exercise some degree of common sense.

Remove councils and transport for london control of local road

Since councils and the mayor of london have had powers over local roads there has been a big increase in fixed penalties because councils and the transport for london make the restriction what are enforced by fixed penalty notice's. 

This gives councils and transport for london a licence to print money, the roads should in control of a independant department who's main job is to keep traffic flowing, having the power to remove traffic lights, set times of bus lane operation and restricting the use of bus lanes to mornings only, being able to remove bus lanes what cause congestion, councils and transport for london have abused the powers for their own agenda often an anti car agenda, controlled parking zones used to contol car users movement and take aways peoples freedom of movement if they use a car.

The independant department should be able to remove speed humps on back roads and change speed limits.  Speed humps cause pain for disabled people and were never tested to see how they affect disabled people, causing a number of disbaled people to trapped in their homes. 

Why is this idea important?

Since councils and the mayor of london have had powers over local roads there has been a big increase in fixed penalties because councils and the transport for london make the restriction what are enforced by fixed penalty notice's. 

This gives councils and transport for london a licence to print money, the roads should in control of a independant department who's main job is to keep traffic flowing, having the power to remove traffic lights, set times of bus lane operation and restricting the use of bus lanes to mornings only, being able to remove bus lanes what cause congestion, councils and transport for london have abused the powers for their own agenda often an anti car agenda, controlled parking zones used to contol car users movement and take aways peoples freedom of movement if they use a car.

The independant department should be able to remove speed humps on back roads and change speed limits.  Speed humps cause pain for disabled people and were never tested to see how they affect disabled people, causing a number of disbaled people to trapped in their homes. 

Repeal the law requiring training before removal of animal carcasses from our roads.

Repeal the law/regulations that require contractors to be trained in removing animal carcasses before they are permitted to do so.

This law/regulations led to the absurd situation recently, highlighted in the national media, where contractors painting markings on the road, left a gap around a dead animal, rather than simply move the carcass off the road and carry on.

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the law/regulations that require contractors to be trained in removing animal carcasses before they are permitted to do so.

This law/regulations led to the absurd situation recently, highlighted in the national media, where contractors painting markings on the road, left a gap around a dead animal, rather than simply move the carcass off the road and carry on.

Remove Kerbside Railings in Cities

Kerbside railings are an impediment to the free movement of pedestrians in Cities.

You want to cross to the shop or bus stop directly on the other side. But you are blocked by railings. So you must walk a hundred metres to the traffic lights where the state allows you to cross. By this time, you are in a thick crowd also wanting to cross, that you might have avoided if not for the railings. There is another thick crowd on the other side. The island in the middle of the road is a long narrow cage with narrow doorways and either end. One crowd meets the other on the island, people squeezing though each other, to get to through to opposite end of the island from where they stepped onto it, to exit back into the road.

Once on the other side of the road you begin your walk of a hundred metres back in the opposite direction to the one in which you set out, to get to the shop or bus stop that was directly opposite you when you started.

This is madness. In continental/European cities these things are scarce. They are seldom used, but where they are, they are short.

British cities, such as London, should be practically devoid of them.

Why is this idea important?

Kerbside railings are an impediment to the free movement of pedestrians in Cities.

You want to cross to the shop or bus stop directly on the other side. But you are blocked by railings. So you must walk a hundred metres to the traffic lights where the state allows you to cross. By this time, you are in a thick crowd also wanting to cross, that you might have avoided if not for the railings. There is another thick crowd on the other side. The island in the middle of the road is a long narrow cage with narrow doorways and either end. One crowd meets the other on the island, people squeezing though each other, to get to through to opposite end of the island from where they stepped onto it, to exit back into the road.

Once on the other side of the road you begin your walk of a hundred metres back in the opposite direction to the one in which you set out, to get to the shop or bus stop that was directly opposite you when you started.

This is madness. In continental/European cities these things are scarce. They are seldom used, but where they are, they are short.

British cities, such as London, should be practically devoid of them.

Switch the white-on-brown “tourism” roadsigns to metric

Currently, the familiar white-on-brown roadsigns providing directions to tourist attractions are treated as any other roadsign and their formats are strictly governed by the Traffic Signs Regualtions and General Directions act (of 2002). That's OK in itself, but this forces those signs to conform with the other rules in TSRGD which enforce the use of miles and yards onto all signs.

Now, these are signs that are predominantly intended for tourists. A large number of these tourists will be from outside the UK and won't be familiar with miles or yards (as indeed are our own children until they are about 9 or 10 years old).

Make Britain more friendly for our visitors, and change the tourist signs to metric. Don't waste money requiring the old ones to be converted (though that would be an option). Just make it a requirement that all new ones are in metric and that when old ones need replacing that the replacement shall be in metric.

Just metric, not both systems. That would clutter the signs horribly especially in Wales where the current signs have to be translated. ( Welsh for 'mile' is 'milltir' and 'yards' is 'llath'. ) The great advantage of metric in Wales is that 'km' is 'km' and doesn't need to be translated. Other bits may do, but at least the distances would only appear once, and be clearly understood by all.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, the familiar white-on-brown roadsigns providing directions to tourist attractions are treated as any other roadsign and their formats are strictly governed by the Traffic Signs Regualtions and General Directions act (of 2002). That's OK in itself, but this forces those signs to conform with the other rules in TSRGD which enforce the use of miles and yards onto all signs.

Now, these are signs that are predominantly intended for tourists. A large number of these tourists will be from outside the UK and won't be familiar with miles or yards (as indeed are our own children until they are about 9 or 10 years old).

Make Britain more friendly for our visitors, and change the tourist signs to metric. Don't waste money requiring the old ones to be converted (though that would be an option). Just make it a requirement that all new ones are in metric and that when old ones need replacing that the replacement shall be in metric.

Just metric, not both systems. That would clutter the signs horribly especially in Wales where the current signs have to be translated. ( Welsh for 'mile' is 'milltir' and 'yards' is 'llath'. ) The great advantage of metric in Wales is that 'km' is 'km' and doesn't need to be translated. Other bits may do, but at least the distances would only appear once, and be clearly understood by all.

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.

 

London Lorry Control Scheme

I think this law should be repealed, it is bad for the environment, trucks have to drive more miles than is necessary to deliver goods. Bad for business, increasing costs, bad for consumers, increasing the cost of their goods & services & the fines are punative for business and individual drivers who mistakenly transgress the law event in a minor way. It also increases the number of trucks on the roads of London. Nick it repeal will help meet carbon targets. It's a win win.

The worse part about it is it does not reduce the number of trucks on the roads of london during peak periods. I work in  the event industry and example of this ludicrous law is:

I send a truck to load at Bow with the aim od delivering to the Royal Albert Hall, the driver has to drive out on the A13 to the north Circular, driver around the north Circular & pick up the M4/A4 – Cromwell Road, turn into Exhibition road and onto Prince Consort Road adding miles to the journey and passing more houses in the suburbs than straight through the city.

 

Another Example we collect in SE1 to go to the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lan a journey of 3,5 miles normally, the routing using the LLCS is just shy of 20 miles…rediculous.

 

The law was formed in 1986 when there was little concern for human effect on the climate and should be repealed.

 

Why is this idea important?

I think this law should be repealed, it is bad for the environment, trucks have to drive more miles than is necessary to deliver goods. Bad for business, increasing costs, bad for consumers, increasing the cost of their goods & services & the fines are punative for business and individual drivers who mistakenly transgress the law event in a minor way. It also increases the number of trucks on the roads of London. Nick it repeal will help meet carbon targets. It's a win win.

The worse part about it is it does not reduce the number of trucks on the roads of london during peak periods. I work in  the event industry and example of this ludicrous law is:

I send a truck to load at Bow with the aim od delivering to the Royal Albert Hall, the driver has to drive out on the A13 to the north Circular, driver around the north Circular & pick up the M4/A4 – Cromwell Road, turn into Exhibition road and onto Prince Consort Road adding miles to the journey and passing more houses in the suburbs than straight through the city.

 

Another Example we collect in SE1 to go to the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lan a journey of 3,5 miles normally, the routing using the LLCS is just shy of 20 miles…rediculous.

 

The law was formed in 1986 when there was little concern for human effect on the climate and should be repealed.

 

Put Traffic Lights on flashing amber at night

Between the hours of 7pm and 7am, traffic lights should be switched to a flashing amber condidtion. This means that if it is clear then you may proceed. This system operates and works perfectly well everywhere else in Europe.

 

Why is this idea important?

Between the hours of 7pm and 7am, traffic lights should be switched to a flashing amber condidtion. This means that if it is clear then you may proceed. This system operates and works perfectly well everywhere else in Europe.

 

Reduce and Simplify Speed Limit

Reduce and simplify speed limits for all vehicles on all roads (possible exception of motorways). For example, all roads within a town area to have a speed limit of 20mph and all roads outside of town area to be 40mph. There would be little or no need for speed limit signs either.

Why is this idea important?

Reduce and simplify speed limits for all vehicles on all roads (possible exception of motorways). For example, all roads within a town area to have a speed limit of 20mph and all roads outside of town area to be 40mph. There would be little or no need for speed limit signs either.

Unneccesary Closure of Roads

Not the law as such, but the interpretation of it – across the UK, every day, major roads are closed for hours at a time. This is a fairly recent phenomenon, apparently initiated by a 2004 version (updated 2007) of a police manual 'Road Death Investigation.' On occasion it must be appropriate, and justified, to close a road, but statistically very rarely – we appear to be the only civilised country that closes it's major routes, often in both directions, for long periods on a daily basis. 

Why is this idea important?

Not the law as such, but the interpretation of it – across the UK, every day, major roads are closed for hours at a time. This is a fairly recent phenomenon, apparently initiated by a 2004 version (updated 2007) of a police manual 'Road Death Investigation.' On occasion it must be appropriate, and justified, to close a road, but statistically very rarely – we appear to be the only civilised country that closes it's major routes, often in both directions, for long periods on a daily basis. 

Cyclists

Repeal whatever daft law permits cycists on the road with having taken no driving test and not having paid for a licence and who do not display a registration number.

 

No-one should be permitted on the road unless they have been properly trained.  This is in the interests of cyclists most of all.

 

Then start to enforce against cyclists and motorcyclists whose dangerous driving is a menace to everyone.  (Not all I hasten to add.  A small minority are capable and safe).

Why is this idea important?

Repeal whatever daft law permits cycists on the road with having taken no driving test and not having paid for a licence and who do not display a registration number.

 

No-one should be permitted on the road unless they have been properly trained.  This is in the interests of cyclists most of all.

 

Then start to enforce against cyclists and motorcyclists whose dangerous driving is a menace to everyone.  (Not all I hasten to add.  A small minority are capable and safe).

Cyclists and Road Traffic Acts

Safety of cyclists

I would welcome the following changes

1) That cyclists be entitled to cross road junctions and pedestrian crossings on green whilst retaining priority for pedestrians

2) That cyclists be permitted to turn left on red lights when no other vehicles approach and it is safe to do so – this is the practise for all vehicles in Canada

Why is this idea important?

Safety of cyclists

I would welcome the following changes

1) That cyclists be entitled to cross road junctions and pedestrian crossings on green whilst retaining priority for pedestrians

2) That cyclists be permitted to turn left on red lights when no other vehicles approach and it is safe to do so – this is the practise for all vehicles in Canada

Modify Road Tax and Motor Insurance

Road Tax

  • Replace the Road Tax and minimum requirement for Third Party car insurance with a levy included in fuel charges – so any user has already paid road tax.  No need for a tax disc – all cars pay as they go in fuel costs. 
  • Charge and provide visitor tax disc to non-uk cars at point of entry – time based or mileage based charge.
  • Hypothecate at least as proportion of revenues to better road maintenance and more  efficient + cleaner engines.

Car Insurance

  • Set up an insurance policy administered by co-owned speciailst insurance business public /private (ie. existing insureunderwriters) for Third Party liabilities.
  • Private sector element tenders regularly for contract on fixed term to provide at optimal cost and administer for us.
  • Payout of 'medical' costs that NHS has to fix swift and directed to it by the Insurer.
  • Other third party costs dealt with fairly and within insurance contract laws.
  • Profits – shared by private sector firms in conglomerate and public purse.

Why is this idea important?

Road Tax

  • Replace the Road Tax and minimum requirement for Third Party car insurance with a levy included in fuel charges – so any user has already paid road tax.  No need for a tax disc – all cars pay as they go in fuel costs. 
  • Charge and provide visitor tax disc to non-uk cars at point of entry – time based or mileage based charge.
  • Hypothecate at least as proportion of revenues to better road maintenance and more  efficient + cleaner engines.

Car Insurance

  • Set up an insurance policy administered by co-owned speciailst insurance business public /private (ie. existing insureunderwriters) for Third Party liabilities.
  • Private sector element tenders regularly for contract on fixed term to provide at optimal cost and administer for us.
  • Payout of 'medical' costs that NHS has to fix swift and directed to it by the Insurer.
  • Other third party costs dealt with fairly and within insurance contract laws.
  • Profits – shared by private sector firms in conglomerate and public purse.

Remove councils’ right to tax roadside parking

This is another stealth tax.  Parking should not be allowed where it is dangerous or obstructs the flow of traffic.  Other than that it should be freely available.  There is no reason why greedy councils should be entitled to charge for parking in an ever-increasing number of roads throughout the UK.

Why is this idea important?

This is another stealth tax.  Parking should not be allowed where it is dangerous or obstructs the flow of traffic.  Other than that it should be freely available.  There is no reason why greedy councils should be entitled to charge for parking in an ever-increasing number of roads throughout the UK.

Make life easier for motor vechcles AND save money

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Introduce an Motorway Card

A 'vignette' type system similar to Switzerland whereby you pay an annual fee of, say, £50 to use UK Motorways.  HGVs would also have to pay a higher rate – say £500.  The Motorway card could be paid for when you renew your car tax and a sticker with the year could be put on your windscreen to show you had paid for annual access to the UK Motorway network.  Foreign HGVs and road users would also have to pay for the Motorway card and could buy theirs online or at UK entry ports.

Why is this idea important?

A 'vignette' type system similar to Switzerland whereby you pay an annual fee of, say, £50 to use UK Motorways.  HGVs would also have to pay a higher rate – say £500.  The Motorway card could be paid for when you renew your car tax and a sticker with the year could be put on your windscreen to show you had paid for annual access to the UK Motorway network.  Foreign HGVs and road users would also have to pay for the Motorway card and could buy theirs online or at UK entry ports.

Ban horses from public roads.

I think horses should be banned from public roads. Horses and their riders pay no road tax, they cause certain motorists to behave in an irresponsible way by refusing to pass these animals until they can pass with an absurdly wide berth. At the very least, people riding horses on the public road should pass a test and understand the highway code.

Why is this idea important?

I think horses should be banned from public roads. Horses and their riders pay no road tax, they cause certain motorists to behave in an irresponsible way by refusing to pass these animals until they can pass with an absurdly wide berth. At the very least, people riding horses on the public road should pass a test and understand the highway code.

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.