GEM Motoring Assist is calling on local authorities to tackle the “menace” of road signs obscured by foliage.
GEM says that obscured road signs are “at best a nuisance for drivers, and at worst can be misleading and dangerous”.
The road safety charity also highlights several cases in which prosecutions for speeding offences were successfully challenged on the grounds that a speed limit sign was obscured by foliage.
David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “Road signs provide vital orders and information for drivers, who choose their speeds and actions based on what the signs tell them. If they can’t see the signs, then their ability to make safe decisions is compromised, especially if they’re on unfamiliar roads.
“In the name of road safety, we therefore call on local authorities to organise far-reaching cutbacks of trees, bushes and branches, so that speed limit and other signs are made as clear as possible to everyone using their roads.”
GEM is also encouraging drivers to report obscured road signs to the appropriate local authority, and to remember that a limit of 30mph usually applies to all traffic on all roads with street lighting, unless there are signs to say otherwise.