Universal road signs divide opinion

Universal road signs divide opinion

A Tory MP has slammed a proposal which would see UK road signs replaced with warnings already in use on the continent.

Some 'intelligent' cars such as those made by Volvo and Ford have the capability to read road signs and communicate warnings or advice to drivers. Changes proposed to the European Commission suggest the introduction of road markings which would be standardised across Europe.

The idea of intelligent cars reading road signs will only work if the road signs are uniform, according to the European Road Assessment Programme (EuroRAP), the group which has touted the idea.

The RAC said the plan could create a new standard and EuroRAP said the scheme could help to reduce deaths on the roads.

Critics argue that it would cost the taxpayer millions of pounds with minimal impact on road safety. Peter Bone, a Conservative MP, told the Mail on Sunday: "They want to waste British taxpayers' money on something that won't make a jot of difference.

"Nobody has any problems driving around Europe. Why should we all have exactly the same signs?"

Under the suggested new measures, road markings would have to be a standard six inches wide, but there are fears this could have an impact on the environment and put more financial pressure on local authorities which are already faced with huge budget cuts.

Mac McGuire, head of Highways at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "At a time when local authorities are strapped for cash, this is not going to be a priority."

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