We compare the Government’s different approaches to two separate proposals for new road signs.
Readers of Metric Views may remember the Government’s rejection of proposals to phase out imperial-only height and width restriction traffic signs.:
It was estimated that this proposal would have saved up to £10 million as a result of a reduction in accidents, and it had the support of Network Rail, Highways Authorities and the Police. The then Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, in rejecting the proposal, said:
“It’s bad enough that Labour were hell-bent on replacing feet and inches with metres. It is completely unacceptable that they were going to spend over £2m of taxpayers money to do so when we have one of the biggest budget deficits in Europe.“
Metric Views’ attention has now been drawn to a proposal to permit the erection of new signs to mark the boundaries of the administrative counties that disappeared in 1974. Last April, this idea received the approval of the current Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP. The announcement appears here:
Needless-to-say, there is no cost saving associated with this proposal. The press release suggests that local authorities could pay for the newly-authorized signs.
It might appear to some of our readers that Government policy on road signs defies logic in all respects except one: whether it is likely to win votes or lose them, and that in this it has something in common with Wednesday’s Budget. We couldn’t possibly comment.