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A sign of common sense!

New rules mean unnecessary and out-of-date road signs can be removed from our roads from 22 April 2016:

  • ensuring road signs that are used far longer than needed have a ‘remove by’ date
  • making sure traffic signs are visible on unlit roads
  • stopping temporary message signs from being cluttered with adverts & distracting logos

The number of signs on our roads, more than doubled from 2.45m in England in 1993 to an estimated 4.57m in 2013.   Now simpler rules are being brought in to give town halls the power to take down unnecessary signs and for the first time, signs that say ‘new’ layout ahead will have ‘remove by dates’ on the back so they are not needlessly left in place for years.

Researched Links:

DfT:  Councils get new powers to tear down pointless road signs

Ending the scourge of pointless road signs

IEA:  Rip out 80% of traffic lights to boost economy & road safety

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