VicRoads tar­gets signs

Benalla Ensign - - News -

VicRoads is re­mind­ing the Be­nalla com­mu­nity that road­side signs on or ad­ja­cent to ar­te­rial roads and free­ways, whether it is fixed or elec­tronic, could have the po­ten­tial to com­pro­mise the safety of road users.

VicRoads North Eastern re­gional direc­tor Bryan Sher­ritt said that VicRoads’ pri­or­ity first and fore­most was the safety of peo­ple on our road net­work.

‘‘Dis­trac­tion on the road can be deadly,’’ Mr Sher­ritt said.

‘‘Driv­ing re­quires full con­cen­tra­tion — dis­trac­tion can im­pair a driv­ers re­ac­tion time, abil­ity to main­tain speed and po­si­tion on the road and gen­eral aware­ness of other road users.

‘‘We aim to min­imise the num­ber of dis­trac­tions on the road by re­duc­ing road­side clut­ter and lim­it­ing the num­ber of signs gen­er­ally to those which pro­vide a func­tional pur­pose, such as reg­u­la­tory and warn­ing signs.

‘‘The Road Man­age­ment Act out­lines con­trols on ad­ver­tis­ing and signs on roads and road in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing which signs re­quire a per­mit.

‘‘All signs must be as­sessed as to whether they’re a safety haz­ard.

‘‘We look at whether the sign could dis­tract driv­ers due to its size, de­sign or colour and how easy it is to read when trav­el­ling at the posted speed limit.

‘‘VicRoads-au­tho­rised of­fi­cers have the power to re­move il­le­gally placed signs, in­clud­ing unau­tho­rised elec­tronic signs on or ad­ja­cent to ar­te­rial roads and free­ways, and serve an in­fringe­ment no­tice to the per­son re­spon­si­ble.’’

Mr Sher­ritt said that busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als were putting them­selves at risk when in­stalling il­le­gal signs, and risk­ing the safety of the com­mu­nity.

‘‘We work closely with many busi­nesses of all sizes that do the right thing and gain the cor­rect per­mits and dis­play their signs legally,’’ Mr Sher­ritt said.

‘‘This ad­vice is squarely aimed at those in­di­vid­u­als who are do­ing the wrong thing and putting the com­mu­nity at risk.’’

VicRoads has been work­ing with Be­nalla Ru­ral City in an ef­fort to re­duce the num­ber of dis­trac­tions and road­side clut­ter, and will soon be mak­ing con­tact with busi­nesses in Be­nalla who have unau­tho­rised signs lo­cated on or ad­ja­cent to the town­ships ar­te­rial roads.

Mr Sher­ritt en­cour­aged peo­ple to phone 131 170 to re­port road haz­ards and thanked the com­mu­nity for their con­tin­ued sup­port and co-op­er­a­tion.

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