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Misleading sign

Reported in the Road traffic signs category by Chris Marsden at 20:37, Fri 19 December 2014

Sent to Herefordshire Council 3 minutes later

A new development at the Hereford Old Market has signage that appears to be seriously wrong. Junction New Market Street and Widemarsh Street.

Http:// page 26 diag 611 states "Vehicular traffic may reach the same destination by proceeding either side of the sign" There are no permitted variations.

Yet to get to the 'same destination' an illegal manoeuvre would be required.

Traffic Signs Manual 1982, amended 2004 states:

1.17 Authorities are not free to use all the signs shown in this manual at will without further authorisation. They may do so generally with informatory signs and warning signs, but there are a large number of signs which first require an Order to be made and some signs cannot be used without specific site approval of the Secretary of State. Subsequent chapters of this manual state where an Order or other authority is required before the sign can be used.

1.18 "The use on Public highways of non-prescribed signs which have not been authorised by, or on behalf of, the Secretary of State, is illegal and Authorities who so use unauthorised signs act beyond their powers. Additionally, an unauthorised sign in the highway is an obstruction. The possible consequences of erecting or permitting the erection of obstructions may be severe and those responsible could lay themselves open to a claim for damages; for example if the obstruction is the cause of accident or of injury in a collision or if the unauthorised sign injuriously affects a fronting property by blocking light or impairing visual amenity."

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