Flashing Amber at traffic lights

As a truck driver making deliveries in the early hours of the day, I am frequently frustrated when approaching a red light at a junction, only to sit there with no other traffic anywhere around.

My suggestion is that between the hours of say 01.00-05.00 (this could be varied according to local conditions) traffic lights display a flashing amber which would meen proceed across the junction in a controlled manner.

I came across this when visiting Rome where in the city they do not have lights at some junctions and  proceed in a form of give and take and merge which seemed to work quite well. This being done during a busy day not in the night

Why is this idea important?

As a truck driver making deliveries in the early hours of the day, I am frequently frustrated when approaching a red light at a junction, only to sit there with no other traffic anywhere around.

My suggestion is that between the hours of say 01.00-05.00 (this could be varied according to local conditions) traffic lights display a flashing amber which would meen proceed across the junction in a controlled manner.

I came across this when visiting Rome where in the city they do not have lights at some junctions and  proceed in a form of give and take and merge which seemed to work quite well. This being done during a busy day not in the night

Repeal the law against turning left on a red light if safe to do so

Turning left on a red traffic light is illegal even when there is no traffic and you are looking at an empty junction. Lights have been set regularly for volumes of non-existant pedestrians (four sets within a mile of me)

The ability to turn right on red (mirror image – they drive on the right) when safe to do so has been in use in North America for generations without problems. Only junctions where this is NOT allowed are marked.

Why is this idea important?

Turning left on a red traffic light is illegal even when there is no traffic and you are looking at an empty junction. Lights have been set regularly for volumes of non-existant pedestrians (four sets within a mile of me)

The ability to turn right on red (mirror image – they drive on the right) when safe to do so has been in use in North America for generations without problems. Only junctions where this is NOT allowed are marked.

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.

 

Traffic lights – abolish “Red and Amber”

Abolish the "Get Set" stage of our traffic lights, leaving Red (On your marks) and Green (Go!) operative only. Amber will only light to signal the lights are changing to red.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the "Get Set" stage of our traffic lights, leaving Red (On your marks) and Green (Go!) operative only. Amber will only light to signal the lights are changing to red.

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?

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.

Improve Traffic light arrangements

Place smaller traffic light repeaters at driver level on the traffic light pole. Where there is an "green arrow" type of arrangement (for a left or straight-on), then signal the arrow is lit but flashing it a few times.

Why is this idea important?

Place smaller traffic light repeaters at driver level on the traffic light pole. Where there is an "green arrow" type of arrangement (for a left or straight-on), then signal the arrow is lit but flashing it a few times.

Allow road users to pass red lights if the way ahead is clear

Give road users the discretion to treat red lights like 'Stop' signs and not be forced to wait for a green light if the way ahead is clear.  This approach is adopted in other countries (e.g. the USA where you can turn right on a red light if the road is clear and pedestrians are not crossing).

 

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Give road users the discretion to treat red lights like 'Stop' signs and not be forced to wait for a green light if the way ahead is clear.  This approach is adopted in other countries (e.g. the USA where you can turn right on a red light if the road is clear and pedestrians are not crossing).

 

 

 

Traffic lights after 10pm and on quiet roads after 8pm

Please could traffic lights be switched off after 10pm and after 8pm on quiet roads. Clearly not city centres etc and where there is a continuos volume of traffic. 

People would then make a normal rational driving judgement on an uncrowded junction and would do 3 things:

Save on electricity

make drivers more cautious as they would have make a real driving judgement. 

save fuel and reduce the carbon emissions

Why is this idea important?

Please could traffic lights be switched off after 10pm and after 8pm on quiet roads. Clearly not city centres etc and where there is a continuos volume of traffic. 

People would then make a normal rational driving judgement on an uncrowded junction and would do 3 things:

Save on electricity

make drivers more cautious as they would have make a real driving judgement. 

save fuel and reduce the carbon emissions

Major review of all traffic lights

Traffic lights are sometimes neccesary to regulate the road system and prevent accidents, however they have proliferated over the past few years and are far more prevalent and intrusive than is strictly necessary. This has given rise to the following drawbacks:

  • Increased pollution – vehicles are sat at idle waiting for the lights even when there's no traffic.
  • Increased noise – vehicles stopping and accellerating produce more noise than when cruising on part-throttle
  • Increased driver frustration leads to dangerous behaviour patterns.
  • Often no provable safety benefit.
  • Even sensor systems like SCOOT force vehicles to stop and accellerate, as they can only react when the junction is reached.
  • Traffic light systems on roundabouts are often pointless – roundabouts are designed so the traffic self regulates.

I propose a comprehesive review of traffic systems, with attention paid to the following points:

  • Are the lights necessary, could they not be replaced by more free flowing traffic regulation such as roundabouts/mini roundabouts, which are self regulating.
  • If they are necessary, are they required only during certain parts of the day? Either turn them off during off-peak hours or introduce a 'flashing amber: proceed with caution' state whereby drivers treat the junction if it was a give way.

Why is this idea important?

Traffic lights are sometimes neccesary to regulate the road system and prevent accidents, however they have proliferated over the past few years and are far more prevalent and intrusive than is strictly necessary. This has given rise to the following drawbacks:

  • Increased pollution – vehicles are sat at idle waiting for the lights even when there's no traffic.
  • Increased noise – vehicles stopping and accellerating produce more noise than when cruising on part-throttle
  • Increased driver frustration leads to dangerous behaviour patterns.
  • Often no provable safety benefit.
  • Even sensor systems like SCOOT force vehicles to stop and accellerate, as they can only react when the junction is reached.
  • Traffic light systems on roundabouts are often pointless – roundabouts are designed so the traffic self regulates.

I propose a comprehesive review of traffic systems, with attention paid to the following points:

  • Are the lights necessary, could they not be replaced by more free flowing traffic regulation such as roundabouts/mini roundabouts, which are self regulating.
  • If they are necessary, are they required only during certain parts of the day? Either turn them off during off-peak hours or introduce a 'flashing amber: proceed with caution' state whereby drivers treat the junction if it was a give way.