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26 August 2008

Never mind the bollards

Local authorities and highway agencies are sending motorists insane about signs, as they clutter up the roads with unnecessary street furniture. According to a recent poll of drivers, more than half of Britain’s motorists (55%) think our roads are too cluttered and say it is having a negative impact on road safety.

From road signs, railings and hoardings to advertising boards, bollards and bus stops, the UK’s roads are blighted with street furniture signalling driver danger. More than half of drivers (53%) polled in the survey by Autoglass, reckon street clutter regularly impairs their view of the road, particularly at junctions. Four out of ten (41%) motorists say they have had an accident or near miss because of our cluttered streets, with men three times more likely have an accident at a junction cluttered with street furniture.

Research from (English Heritage to provide source) suggests fewer road signs can be more effective than too many. Autoglass found that one in four (24%) motorists say too many road signs are a danger, while a third (30%) believe that confusing or conflicting signs make streets a danger to drivers.

Nigel Doggett, managing director at Autoglass said: “When approaching junctions, roundabouts or pedestrian crossings, clear road vision is essential in ensuring drivers are able to react quickly to changes ahead of them. With increasing amounts of street furniture on the nation’s roads, and a subsequent decline in the quality of road vision in many built up areas, our survey is highlighting the concerns of British motorists about this serious road safety issue.”

In 2004, English Heritage launched a Save Our Streets campaign to give character and local distinctiveness back to our roads, while making the streets more accommodating for all road users including motorists.

Spokesperson from English Heritage said : “Although progress has been made with many local authorities, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to ridding our streets of excess street furniture. The Autoglass survey has highlighted the dangers faced by motorists, but there are also consequences for pedestrians and cyclists which must be addressed by councils.”

Autoglass is committed to campaigns that help raise awareness for motorists about the importance of driving safely. With 109 branches nationwide and 1,200 mobile service units, Autoglass is the UK’s leading vehicle glass repair and replacement service. For details of your nearest centre call 0800 36 36 36 or visit www.Autoglass.co.uk.

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