Tuesday 6 December 2016

Why it is time to STOP the confusing surge in road signs

Published 02/09/2015 | 02:30

Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority and the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, with the new road signs
Moyagh Murdock, chief executive of the Road Safety Authority and the Minister for Transport, Paschal Donohoe, with the new road signs

The explosion in the number of road signs in some parts of the country needs to be tackled afresh.

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Instead of giving quick, clean information, many are competing for attention; the result can be confusion rather than clarity. The roads around Dublin Airport are a case in point.

Yet on some main arteries, such as the M50 where 'Sligo' is supposed to inform first-time tourists that the West awaits, there aren't enough.

It is time we re-visited the issue. I'm not having a go here. I'm merely saying we need to improve. Some signs are positively useless - those with small numbers on them around Dublin especially. Useless. Others are being crowded out by the explosion of rivals.

They're going to do something about it in Britain. Their government has promised to end the "ghastly blight" of gratuitous signs. And their Department of Transport has set up a 'traffic signs reduction taskforce' to get rid of the worst examples.

It has already proposed including 'remove-by dates' on temporary signs, and a clampdown on logos and advertising.

I think we need something similar. What do you think? ecunningham@independent.ie

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