It is hard not to feel some sympathy for the councils. They are damned if they do and lose in the criminal courts if they don’t. What is the solution 温碧霞走出婚变 袁立晒生活照

Legal The Communities and Transport Secretaries have today written to local authorities raising concerns about the number of traffic signs in place throughout the country. Eric Pickles and Philip Hammond are concerned that the surge in the number of traffic signs has made towns and cities in the UK look ‘cluttered’. Local councils stand accused of wasting tax payers’ monies on signs that the Government says blight the local environment. Unsurprisingly, local authorities have defended themselves against charges of being wasteful and of being over-zealous when it comes to installing road signs. The Local Government Association points out that one person’s clutter is another person’s sensible signage. Is ‘clutter’ the real issue though? Perhaps the most significant consideration in our view should be road safety. If particular signs make the roads safer then that is surely more important than whether or not the aesthetics of our towns are compromised? The problem for local authorities is that there is force in the argument that having too many signs in place at one location can be just as dangerous as not having enough signs or indeed not having any signs at all. In some places the motorist becomes so distracted by trying to work out whether or not they can turn left, turn right or drive in a bus lane on a Wednesday afternoon, that they can forget that they (the motorist) need to consider whether there are pedestrians, cyclists and other car drivers on the road as well. The local authorities have a difficult task. They are required to ensure compliance with the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD). This encyclopaedia of all things traffic sign prescribes the size, shape, colour and wording of all of our road signs. If councils do not comply then there is an argument that the sign is invalid and no enforcement action ( speeding / parking etc) can take place? It is hard not to feel some sympathy for the councils. They are damned if they do and lose in the criminal courts if they don’t. What is the solution? Everyone is in favour of more attractive towns. Everyone is in favour of road safety. The irony here is the power to do something about this lies with the Government and only the Government. If the Government were to overhaul the road traffic legislation so that the requirements prescribing the size and number of traffic signs were relaxed they would truly enable local authorities to do something about the problem. Then the councils could really think about reducing the number of signs. We understand that the Department for Transport is reviewing its policy on traffic signs and will issue new advice on how to cut down on the ‘clutter’ later this year. It is pointless issuing such guidance while the local authorities are required by nationally made law to erect a sign on every corner or face defeat in the criminal courts in the event of a legal challenge. The cart has to come before the horse. National Government must act first and only then think about issuing guidance to others. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: