Poll Finds UK Drivers Baffled by Redundant Road Signs

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28th February 2013 16:25 - Central Government


Market research covering 2,000 drivers in the UK by comparison website Confused.com has shown that baffling road signs are causing accidents on the roads, while even The Department of Transport has admitted that Britain has 9,000 redundant or misleading road signs which need to be revised.

The majority of motorists surveyed claimed they do not understand the road signs they encounter on a daily basis. As many as one in three respondents reported having a crash or near miss because of confusing road signs on UK streets, and of those, over four in five (81%) had to pay up to £600 on accident repairs as a result.

Over three-quarters of the respondents (76%) believe that distraction caused by road signs can be dangerous, with nearly half (46%) claiming they have experienced this type of distraction while driving.

In addition, nearly a quarter of the motorists surveyed (23%) feel that road signs aren’t useful, and over half (52%) claim they would feel confident enough driving without signs.

Examples of road signs that baffle UK motorists include the red circle on a white background sign meaning no vehicles except bikes (93%), yellow and black urban clearway signs meaning stopping is not allowed between set times (83%) and the red and blue circle which means no waiting (67%).

The Department for Transport is currently revising its ‘Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions’ for implementation in 2014. A total of 82% of the respondents agree with these plans, while 40% want a public vote over which signs are to be reviewed.

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