Road Sign Changes for 2016
The Removal of Speed Limit repeater signs are set to be removed under a new raft of changes for 2016. Under the new legislation, local authorities can now make their own decisions on how many speed limit signs are needed so that drivers know what limits apply.
The Government says the new regulations give councils the powers to ‘tear down pointless road signs’, on the back of figures which show that between 1993 and 2013 the number of road signs in England increased by 83% to 4.57m.
The new regulations also allow councils to install new eye-level cycle traffic lights to make busy junctions easier and safer for cyclists, following ‘successful trials’ of the concept.
Other changes include:
- A requirement for new road signs to carry imperial and metric measurements for height, width and length limits.
- The removal of the need for a Traffic Regulation Order for unrestricted parking bays.
- Signs must be retroreflective if street lighting is switched off during part of the hours of darkness.
- Directions that apply to the mounting and backing of permanent signs will also apply to portable and temporary variable message signs.
- The inclusion of the tunnel restriction code sign in the new Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.