Transport minister Norman Baker has announced the biggest review into Britain’s traffic signing system for 40 years. The new measures are aimed at dramatically reducing the number of signs on the roadside and the bureaucracy involved in erecting them.
The government will issue guidelines to councils encouraging them to remove superfluous signs and certain laws have been relaxed that encouraged the epidemic. For example, it is no longer necessary for a pedestrian zone to be marked on both sides of the road.
Councils will not have to seek government approval when erecting some of the more common signs, such as car club parking spaces. It is estimated that this will lead to a 40 per cent decrease in signs requiring the department of transport’s authorisation.
A few new signs are to be introduced, including one for parking spaces with charging points. Another will warn HGV drivers that the road ahead is unsuitable for their vehicle. This has become necessary due to an increasing number of lorries becoming stuck and blocking lanes and villages, often because the driver is directed down unsuitable roads by their sat-nav systems.