'Traffic Signs Review 'good in parts', says ABD

Thursday, 17 November 2011

The aims of the Traffic Signs Review to make it easier for motorists to understand signs has numerous benefits, according to the Association of British Drivers (ABD).

However, the organisation told car insurance there are two areas where it has reservations.

Firstly, the ABD fears that giving local authorities more freedom regarding this issue could lead, in practice, to road users being given less chance to have their views expressed and be affected by proposed restrictions.

Secondly, is about planned differences in Restricted Parking Zones (RPZs) and Controlled Parking Zones, which will mean there are no road markings or signs in RPZs.

Brian Gregory, chairman of the ABD, said: "For fifty years drivers have become accustomed to associating yellow lines with parking restrictions. If yellow lines are removed from some areas but not others, some drivers are likely to end up parking where they should not."

The Department of Transport recently told car insurance customers that to tackle red tape and cut costs, it will launch the biggest review into the UK's traffic signing system for 40 years.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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