Stop councils spending money on pointless projects

Councils should submit a business case to central government, or perhaps to local residents in order to get the approval for projects which they wish to go ahead with.

For instance – In crosby, Liverpool the Council has just spent thousands installing speed humps all along a main road (Brownmoor Lane, Crosby) when the raod itsself is in disrepear. Why not speand the money on fixing the road (which has enough pot holes and bumps in it to deter those who want to speed anyway) from speeding!


Councils spend for the sake of spending sometimes!

Why is this idea important?

Councils should submit a business case to central government, or perhaps to local residents in order to get the approval for projects which they wish to go ahead with.

For instance – In crosby, Liverpool the Council has just spent thousands installing speed humps all along a main road (Brownmoor Lane, Crosby) when the raod itsself is in disrepear. Why not speand the money on fixing the road (which has enough pot holes and bumps in it to deter those who want to speed anyway) from speeding!


Councils spend for the sake of spending sometimes!

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?

20 MPH zones without physical hindrances

Allowing 20 MPH zones to be put in place without having to have speed bumps, chicanes and other physical hindrances to speed. 20 MPH signs would suffice. Speed cameras could be used if accidents happen with vehicles travelling faster than 20MPH.

These would be much cheaper to put in place. They would be more attractive to cyclists. There would be lees objections from locals to having a 20MPH zone.

Why is this idea important?

Allowing 20 MPH zones to be put in place without having to have speed bumps, chicanes and other physical hindrances to speed. 20 MPH signs would suffice. Speed cameras could be used if accidents happen with vehicles travelling faster than 20MPH.

These would be much cheaper to put in place. They would be more attractive to cyclists. There would be lees objections from locals to having a 20MPH zone.

Remove speed humps

Removal of speed humps, emergency services don't want them, motorist don't want them.
They serve no purpose at all apart from wrecking peoples veichles. Local councils either don't care about the regulatory maximum height for humps of  4.5" or 11.5cm or the contractors that install them just cant read a tape measure.

NO SPEED HUMP SHOULD BE HIGHER THAN THE LOWEST PRODUCTION MODEL CAR PRODUCED

Why is this idea important?

Removal of speed humps, emergency services don't want them, motorist don't want them.
They serve no purpose at all apart from wrecking peoples veichles. Local councils either don't care about the regulatory maximum height for humps of  4.5" or 11.5cm or the contractors that install them just cant read a tape measure.

NO SPEED HUMP SHOULD BE HIGHER THAN THE LOWEST PRODUCTION MODEL CAR PRODUCED

Remove the right of councils to put obstacles in roads designed to curb speeding.

Councils just like any other user of OUR roads should NOT be allowed to place obstacles in  roads designed to curb speeding.

I agree with maximum speed limits on roads; speed kills and in built up areas, lower speed limits are justified.

The following obstacles are dangerous and unnecessary for the following reasons:

Speed humps:

  • Waste fuel as drivers speed up and brake hard between humps.
  • Harm the environment due to the additional energy used in speeding up and slowing down.
  • Cause illegal and unnecessary wear on vehicle suspension / brakes.
  • Cause driver "fatigue" in which a driver is looking for the next hump rather than looking out for children playing at the side of a road.
  • Most are so large the actually PREVENT you from being able to achieve the legal speed limit.
  • They are put in roads at complete unncessary expense to the tax payer.
  • The are undemocratic as they prevent someone from being able to break the law and suffer the consequences – would we consider chopping off someone's hands to prevent them stealing??
  • Cause unnecessary death by slowing down our emergency services.

Chicanes:

  • Blatent obstruction jetting out into the road, often with poor signing and little warning for the given speed limit.
  • Restrict TWO WAY traffic to one lane.
  • Have no effect on speed whatsoever unless at the last minute an oncoming vehicle is spotted – at which point a potential collision may occur.
  • Cause unbelievable distraction to drivers, especially if driving in an unfamiliar area.

Why is this idea important?

Councils just like any other user of OUR roads should NOT be allowed to place obstacles in  roads designed to curb speeding.

I agree with maximum speed limits on roads; speed kills and in built up areas, lower speed limits are justified.

The following obstacles are dangerous and unnecessary for the following reasons:

Speed humps:

  • Waste fuel as drivers speed up and brake hard between humps.
  • Harm the environment due to the additional energy used in speeding up and slowing down.
  • Cause illegal and unnecessary wear on vehicle suspension / brakes.
  • Cause driver "fatigue" in which a driver is looking for the next hump rather than looking out for children playing at the side of a road.
  • Most are so large the actually PREVENT you from being able to achieve the legal speed limit.
  • They are put in roads at complete unncessary expense to the tax payer.
  • The are undemocratic as they prevent someone from being able to break the law and suffer the consequences – would we consider chopping off someone's hands to prevent them stealing??
  • Cause unnecessary death by slowing down our emergency services.

Chicanes:

  • Blatent obstruction jetting out into the road, often with poor signing and little warning for the given speed limit.
  • Restrict TWO WAY traffic to one lane.
  • Have no effect on speed whatsoever unless at the last minute an oncoming vehicle is spotted – at which point a potential collision may occur.
  • Cause unbelievable distraction to drivers, especially if driving in an unfamiliar area.

Get rid of speed bumps and cameras

I think it is crazy to have so many speed bumps and speed cameras. Here is my argument against them:

Speed bumps – these restrict very much where I can drive. I have a classic car which was designed with a low chasis compare to modern cars. Many times my exhaust scrapes on these, so to prevent myself from having a bill of £90 every month for a new front pipe I avoid speed bumps wherever possible. This is not always possible. Also, I can't begin to imagine how the emergency services cope with these. Surely it must slow them down?!

Speed cameras – these can actually CAUSE accidents. Drivers become too conscious of speed and spend more time looking at their speedometer than the road because they are afraid of getting fined and points on their license. You just have to look at Durham City where there are no fixed speed cameras. This city has one of the lowest rates of road traffic accidents in Britain. Perhaps those signs that flash up your speed would be enough to embarrass drivers into slowing down as others will see they are speeding? They seem very effective from what I have seen.

Whilst I don't endorse speeding I think the country has gone to town on this issue and gone too far!

My civil liberties are restricted because of speed bumps (why should I change my car?) and it can be very stressful watching your speed in certain areas where there is an abundance of money-making speed cameras.

Why is this idea important?

I think it is crazy to have so many speed bumps and speed cameras. Here is my argument against them:

Speed bumps – these restrict very much where I can drive. I have a classic car which was designed with a low chasis compare to modern cars. Many times my exhaust scrapes on these, so to prevent myself from having a bill of £90 every month for a new front pipe I avoid speed bumps wherever possible. This is not always possible. Also, I can't begin to imagine how the emergency services cope with these. Surely it must slow them down?!

Speed cameras – these can actually CAUSE accidents. Drivers become too conscious of speed and spend more time looking at their speedometer than the road because they are afraid of getting fined and points on their license. You just have to look at Durham City where there are no fixed speed cameras. This city has one of the lowest rates of road traffic accidents in Britain. Perhaps those signs that flash up your speed would be enough to embarrass drivers into slowing down as others will see they are speeding? They seem very effective from what I have seen.

Whilst I don't endorse speeding I think the country has gone to town on this issue and gone too far!

My civil liberties are restricted because of speed bumps (why should I change my car?) and it can be very stressful watching your speed in certain areas where there is an abundance of money-making speed cameras.

Remove speed humps from roads

Speed humps are designed to slow cars down but I believe that they prevent drivers from driving up to the speed limit which they are entitled to do.If you want cars to do 20 mph in a 30 mph zone then lower the speed limit to 20 and install speed cameras.Don't have a 30 mph zone and then stop drivers reaching that speed with physical obstructions.Humps damage cars and cause congestion.

Why is this idea important?

Speed humps are designed to slow cars down but I believe that they prevent drivers from driving up to the speed limit which they are entitled to do.If you want cars to do 20 mph in a 30 mph zone then lower the speed limit to 20 and install speed cameras.Don't have a 30 mph zone and then stop drivers reaching that speed with physical obstructions.Humps damage cars and cause congestion.