The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) is calling on the Government to give drivers a greater say when it comes to traffic restrictions.
In a press release issued on 3 March, the campaign group says all too often drivers are ‘suddenly confronted’ with a new traffic restriction they were unaware of, such as a reduced speed limit.
The ABD is calling on traffic authorities to do more to ensure that all road users are made aware of proposed traffic restrictions, including, ‘as a minimum’, signs of adequate size to be provided along affected sections of road.
The ABD says that many local authorities only carry out the ‘bare minimum level of consultation that is legally required’, meaning the ‘people most affected do not have a chance to give their opinions’.
The campaign group says this can lead to ‘a vociferous minority of residents or anti-car activists’ having undue influence over the decision making process.
The group says signs should show what type of restriction is proposed (e.g. ‘Proposed 20mph Speed Limit’), with a telephone number and/or website address where further details can be obtained and objections can be made.
To supports its campaign, the ABD has launched an online petition which to date (6 Mar) has received 59 signatures. 10,000 signatures are needed for the Government to respond.
Brian Gregory, ABD chairman, said: “The road network performs a vital economic function for the whole of society.
“This is especially true where roads provide more than just local access, so it is essential that a balance is struck between the desires of residents and the needs of the wider community.
“By ensuring that all users of a road are given the opportunity to comment on proposals that would affect them, a more balanced and less parochial range of views will be obtained.”