DfT targets road sign clutter

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced a taskforce to get rid of “pointless” road signs. 

The taskforce, led by Alan Duncan, is to tackle the overuse of traffic signs and is part of the government’s aim to make roads safer and navigation easier for motorists, scrap unnecessary red tape, and declutter roads.

Research carried out by the DfT in 2013 showed that the number of traffic signs has doubled in the last 20 years and the taskforce will make practical suggestions for removing clutter and ask whether some signs can be removed altogether. It will also look at what can be done to change the culture within local authorities to reduce signing and consider the factors that lead to sign clutter.

  • Meanwhile a consultation proposes a range of new measures including: 

  • 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 and distracting logos

Transport secretary Patrick Mcloughlin said: "Useless traffic signs blight our landscape, waste taxpayers’ cash and can be a dangerous distraction to drivers.

“We are restoring common sense to Britain’s roads while ensuring drivers have the information they need to get about safely.” 


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