Camera catches hundreds – but no change to speed signs
Motorist rebukes council for lack of action at 60mph to 30mph-limit stretch of road
a major road where the speed limit goes from 6030mph.”
He started investigating ‘the problem’ after he was caught out a few years ago and claims that on the approach into the village the signs are ‘minimal and poorly sighted’.
He argued that usually when there is such a drop in speed, measures such as on-road markings, yellow backing boards, a built gateway or countdown signs are often employed, along with a short 40mph stretch before the 30mph.
But in emails seen exclusively by the Advertiser/Examiner, BCC leader Martin Tett has dismissed calls by Dr Rosen to allocate funding for more signage.
He wrote: “I cannot support using any council tax payers’ money for additional signage as a local priority given the many other calls upon the county’s finances.”
Dr Rosen, from Beech Road, Halton, Lancaster, said he has even offered to contribute some of the cost himself ‘as a matter of charity to prevent motorists being caught’.
He said: “I could just understand the pain and misery this causes.”
He added: “Having found what’s wrong and dug out the figures I feel it’s my duty to help these other motorists. It’s bringing a lot of unhappiness and it’s unnecessary.”
A spokesperson for Transport for Bucks said: “Where the residential area begins there are two 30mph terminal signs which clearly identify there is a change of speed limit.
“The presence of street lighting also indicates the speed limit on this road is 30mph.
“Where street lighting is present, we are not permitted to install additional 30 mph repeater signs. The speed camera is situated well within the 30mph limit beyond a junction and at a pedestrian crossing site.
“The presence of the camera housing is also signed in advance.”
The spokesperson added that it is not a requirement to have graduated speed limits before a 30mph limit. THAMES Valley Police has this week launched a crackdown on motorists who use mobile phones while driving.
Officers will be targeting drivers who use their mobile phones without a hands-free kit throughout the week, which started on May 23 and finishes on Sunday (May 29).
Sgt Chris Appleby, from the Joint Roads Policing Department, said:
“The purpose of the campaign is to draw drivers’ attention to not only the risks posed by being distracted by mobile phones while in control of a vehicle, but the serious penalties which they will face if they are caught.
“Driving ability is clearly impaired by using a mobile phone and the offence remains one of Thames Valley’s fatal four offences requiring concentrated enforcement action.
“You can expect to be prosecuted, and that might be a course you pay for, a £100 fixed penalty and three points, or a trip to explain your behaviour to the magistrates.”
Dr David Rosen says it is usual to have more warning on the approach to a sharp dop in the speed limit