Government plans to make road signs more useful and visible

Government plans to make road signs more useful and visible 2nd September 2015

The government is looking to shake up the road signs around the country in order to make them more useful to drivers, removing signs that serve little purpose and improving those that are helpful and necessary. 

Research carried out by the Department for Transport found that the number of road signs in the UK has doubled across the course of the last 20 years. However, many of these are deemed to be unnecessary, meaning that drivers pay less attention to them, rendering them largely ineffective. 

Examples of signs that are not exactly useful include traffic light warning signs next to the lights themselves and a number of temporary signs that have been left up long past the date when they could have been removed. 

As a result, the government has appointed a taskforce to deal with signs, looking at what type can be removed in order to make the roadsides more cluttered. Signs which are deemed to still be useful may also, further down the line, be improved so that they are more visible, making drivers pay more attention to them. 

Tory MP Sir Alan Duncan, who is heading up the taskforce, said that some good work has already been done to remove signage that is deemed unneeded, but added that more will be done in the months ahead in order to make sure that road signs are effective across the nation.

The main problem, he said, at the moment, is that there are many unnecessary road signs that have been erected across the country in the last few years, which has made them more of an annoyance than an essential for drivers nationwide. 

Posted by Danielle Barge