Following plea for foliage obscuring road signs to be cut back, where are your black spots in Norfolk?

Friday, August 22, 2014
12:57 PM

A road safety organisation is calling on local authorities to tackle the issue of road signs obscured by foliage.

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Obscured road signs are at best a nuisance for drivers, and at worst can be misleading and dangerous, according to GEM Motoring Assist.

GEM chief executive David Williams 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 some 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 lists the following examples of prosecutions in which attempts were made to use obscured road signs as a defence:

• In March 2013, Julian Sandiford pleaded not guilty to driving at 36mph in a 30mph zone, arguing that warning signs leading up to a speed camera on the A1074 in Norwich were obscured by trees. District Judge Peter Veits agreed that the signs were covered by foliage but he questioned why the driver did not see a 30mph sign on the right-hand side of the city-bound road which was not covered by bushes and trees. Mr Sandiford’s appeal was rejected.

• Caspar James was caught in July 2013 driving at 43mph in a 30mph section of the A143 in Suffolk. After being found guilty of speeding at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court in January, Mr James successfully appealed the conviction at Ipswich Crown Court. He used evidence from an arboriculturist to prove the road sign was obscured by foliage, making it unfair to prosecute.

Do you know of any road signs in Norfolk obscured by foliage? Let us know by posting a comment below or email us at newsdesk@archant.co.uk

10 comments

  • Who'd have thought there would be a problem. Local authorities are always talking about"cut backs" !!!

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    Lover of Norfolk

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

  • Try driving around the resorts and towns without using local knowledge and following and relying on the obscured road signs and worn off road surface directions and it soon becomes apparent why there are snarl ups and why holiday makers look such fool drivers at times.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • I am more worried about the very poor standard of road markings. As a county that needs tourists badly,how are they to know that a road needs care if SLOW markings are barely distinguishable. Yellow box markings are also very bad in places.

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    bedoomed

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The Fair Green road as it accesses the A47 at North Runcton, The property owner on the west of the junction has allowed trees and shrubs to grow up in the last 15 years and no one seems to care about potential accidents caused by limited visibility in both directions where the speed limit is 60mph, Not for nothing was that stretch called Death Trap Corner fifty years ago and it could live up to its name again.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • The problem rests with half wit contractors who dont know how to cut a hedge. There is one near a village church north of Yarmouth where despite complaints the contractors have merely skimmed it for several years If they had a grain of sense they would see the road sign is now a foot deep in hawthorn and that is where the side of the hedge should be. It is now overgrown and leaves less room for cyclists and cars and currently obscures part of a traffic light. Useless parish councilors could file a report but do they heck.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Where are your black spots in Norfolk? Everywhere.

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    Catton Man

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • Don't panic peeps! The Big Society will cut it all back......;-)

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    marty r

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • A few years ago new street lights were installed on Norwich Road Carbrooke. The heads were in the foliage of the trees and restricted the amount of light. When I asked the local councillor why they were not pruning the trees to increase the light I was told that they had conservation orders on them and couldn't be touched. It appears that vegetation takes precedence over human lives. Norfolk CC have a habit of installing signs where they are obscured, they have it down to a fine art.

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    nicholas dasey

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • This is an increasing problem on many roads in Norfolk and effects not just road signs but decreases visibility for all road users. Hedges and undergrowth encroach onto to the road leaving walkers with no where to escape on narrower roads. To avoid cars getting scratched, they drive closer to the middle of roads which increases the danger. Plant Life and council eco bureaucrats will have a lot to answer for.

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    andy

    Friday, August 22, 2014

  • blister

    Friday, August 22, 2014

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