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Department for Transport new initiative to cut 'street clutter'

RoadPilot welcomes the latest initiative from the Department for Transport (DfT) which is urging councils to remove distracting ‘street clutter’ from Britain’s roads. However, the company warns against removing signage relating to speed limits and their enforcement, as this could cause a substantial increase in the number of drivers caught speeding.

A survey by RoadPilot found that 52 per cent of motorists already feel that there is insufficient signage to notify them of local speed limits, leading to greater confusion over limits, should further signage be removed.

RoadPilot’s study also found that speed cameras themselves were a distraction to drivers. More than half (53 per cent) of respondents said that their full attention was distracted from the road ahead as a result of having to look out for cameras.

James Flynn, OBE, CEO of RoadPilot commented, “While the removal of distracting street clutter is laudable, this initiative should not come at the expense of driver safety. Speed detection equipment and speed restricted areas without proper and clear warnings could, in fact, be detrimental to road safety if motorists take last-minute emergency manoeuvres on seeing a speed camera.”

"In the wake of recent announcements about some camera partnerships deactivating their cameras, the issue of speed limit signage that is clearly visible will arguably be more important than ever in order to remove confusion for motorists.

“By giving the driver advanced warning of any upcoming cameras through audio and visual alerts, speed camera detection systems such as RoadPilot Mobile allow motorists to better concentrate on the road ahead," Flynn concluded.

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