The Department of Transport has announced that it will be reducing the amount of traffic signs in an attempt to reduce costs for councils across the UK.
Its new framework includes ideas such as ‘if a sign is unnecessary, why have it, it just cost money that we don’t have to spend’, which is fair enough really.
Some of these include the signs indicating pedestrian zones on both sides of the road, which could be cut to just one sign in areas where two are unnecessary.
The new measures will give councils a little more independence when it comes to making decisions regarding roads signs by allowing them to make decisions without government permission every time.
This should cut red tape and save councils some much-needed cash – as well as insert a modicum of common sense into road signs.
As, Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “We are cutting pointless bureaucracy, giving councils more freedoms, and updating our suite of signs for the modern era”.
As well as getting rid of some signs there were proposals to allow councils to in some way publicise their traffic regulation orders through different methods instead of always paying advertising funds to newspapers, which is currently the case.
Some other suggested changes include: guidance for councils in identifying and removing unnecessary traffic signs, reducing the lighting requirements for signs so as to reduce costs and carbon emissions and allowing publicity for new traffic regulation orders.
Baker added: “Sometimes the jungles of signs and tangles of white, red and yellow lines can leave people more confused than informed. This expensive clutter can also leave our roadsides looking unsightly and unwelcoming.
It has been said that “These changes will ultimately save councils money and lead to more attractive streets which improve the quality of life for local people.”
For drivers it means more clear instructions on how to act on the road and less distractions when behind the wheel. This should mean safer roads for everyone – something we welcome.
It should also make future sign-reading technology, which is currently being developed by both Vauxhall and Ford with a view to including it in road cars in future, is easier to understand and use for drivers of the high-tech cars of the future.
Sign reading technology can be incredibly useful because it can act as a visual or audio reminder to drivers of road speed limits and other signs if they happen to miss them on the side of the road.
By reminding a driver of the laws of the road more often, it will mean there is less chance of an accident due to concentration dipping or excess speeds.