Dec 172009
 

Speed humpsThe Government proposals that could spell the end of speed humps in 20mph zones has been welcomed by Warranty Direct, which says it could help UK motorists save some of the £1 million a day they spend out in repairs to suspension and axle damage.

Warranty Direct runs motoring campaign website, Potholes.co.uk, set up in 2007 as a sounding board and advice centre for motorists who damage their cars on poorly-maintained roads.

With six percent of suspension damage traceable back to the effect of traffic calming measures like ‘sleeping policemen’ as well as bad road surfaces and potholes, the automotive warranty specialist calculated that the average repair bill is £240. That equates to a potential £413m a year, or £1.1m a day across Britain’s 28.2 million cars*.

In plans unveiled this week, the Government called for more 20mph zones, after research showed they reduced road casualties by more than 40 percent.

To aid the creation of more ‘go-slow’ zones, councils will now be allowed to implement them without also having to back them up with traffic calming measures.

Warranty Direct’s Duncan McClure Fisher said: “Speed humps are as much of a menace as potholes, and do much the same damage. As motorists, I think we’d all be glad to see the back of them. It’s time for the Government to rely on the common sense and good driving manners of the majority of drivers, rather than punish everyone with big repair bills.”

Jan 202008
 

Speed bumpsDrivers demand dangerous speed humps be dumped

The Association of British Drivers has renewed its call for all speed humps to be removed from British roads after a speed hump caused a serious accident.

According to a report in the Manchester Evening News a police Transit van, responding to a 999 call, lost control upon hitting a speed hump in Ashby Close, Bolton, causing it to become airborne. The van then hit an oncoming car, and crashed into a garden where it hit six people who were standing in the garden, including an 8 year old boy.

ABD Spokesman Nigel Humphries said “It is only by some miracle that no-one was killed here. We get to get away from the simplistic notion that speed humps make roads safer, they do not, they often make them more dangerous.”

The ABD has compiled a comprehensive list of problems associated with speed humps, and some forward thinking local authorities such as the London Borough of Barnet have already begun removing them. Yet in other areas they are still being installed with no thought whatsoever for the consequences.

ABD Chairman Brian Gregory added: “Speed humps are nothing more than inverted pot holes, they are a danger to all road users. As long ago as the early 70’s a woman cyclist was killed in Swindon when a speed hump caused her to fall and be hit by a vehicle — that speed hump was subsequently removed. Yet when the government thought people had forgotten about this tragedy, they started installing them again.”