VicRoads targets signs
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.