Local councils have been given new powers that allow them to remove roadside signage.
The scheme comes from a Department for Transport initiative to declutter Britain’s roadsides, which labelled some of the estimated 4.57million-plus roadside signs as "unnecessary" and "pointless".
The RAC has criticised certain aims of the scheme, such as the targeting of speed limit repeater signs for removal now that they are no longer a legal requirement.
Others signposted for removal are those which signify new road features. Instead they will be given ‘remove by’ dates ensuring they are not displayed for longer than necessary.
The DfT claims that the scheme will save taxpayers £30 million by 2020. Energy wastage will also be reduced, because safety signs are legally required to be illuminated. A spokesperson from the DfT was quick to add that it's not a mandatory change, but an optional one.