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Transport Watchdog Launches Website to Report Poor Road Signs

Many of us have felt the frustration of being unable to correctly read a road sign because part of it is missing, its dirty, covered by overgrown foliage, or has been vandalised. Not only is a poor road sign frustrating, but it’s also pretty dangerous. That’s why transport watchdog Transport Focus has set up the ‘Sort My Sign’ website.

The website launched in February, aiming to eventually compile its submissions as evidence to lobby the government to increase its funding to improve the quality of its infrastructure.

It is estimated that around 40 to 60 per cent of all road accidents occur at junctions, and Transport Focus believe that this is in part due to the signage on motorways and major roads being unfit for purpose.

Transport Focus highlight three of the major pain points experienced by motorists in regards to road signs.

  1. The first is limited visibility due to surrounding greenery becoming overgrown and occurring the sign from view. Second is the number of signs which are missing parts, leaving vital pieces of information missing from them.
  2. The third most commonly reported issue is confusing or misleading instructions. This complaint will be registered for both permanent signages and relevant electronic signage.
Submissions will be used to pressure Highways England

The ‘Sort My Sign’ website allows motorists to pinpoint the sign they wish to report using digital mapping technology. Users are also able to upload supporting imagery when adding their issue to the website.

Transport Focus’ chief executive, Anthony Smith said:

“We want to hear from road users about signs and information that aren’t up to scratch. We’ll use what you say to press Highways England to make journeys easier and safer.

“There is nothing more frustrating than missing your turnoff because the sign was hidden behind a tree or missing crucial information.

“While we have some of the safest roads there are still too many signs which are broken, confusing or out of date. If it’s not clear, it’s not safe.”

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