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New dual signing proposed for low bridges

Nov 29, 2015
The Freight Transport Association has welcomed Department for Transport (DfT) proposals to introduce a bridge marking system that will show both imperial and metric height, width and length limits.

With more than 1,600 bridge strikes in 2014/15 throughout the UK, the FTA believes it is vital that signage can be easily understood by drivers who have to negotiate low bridges and narrow spaces. 
 
The DfT has carried out its most comprehensive review of traffic signs since they were introduced in 1964 and is consulting on planned changes. It says a lack of understanding of imperial measurements has been implicated in incidents of bridges struck by over height vehicles.  

While highways and bridge authorities have had the opportunity to mark bridges with imperial and metric measurements in the past, this has been done by the installation of a separate sign. The proposed change gives authorities the power to display both measurements on one sign. 
 
Younger and foreign drivers in particular are presented with a challenge as they are more accustomed to metric measurements than imperial and have little time to make the conversion. 
 

Vehicles with an overall travelling height of over three metres must have a notice in the cab which indicates the height in feet and inches or in imperial and metric. 
 
Malcolm Bingham, FTA’s Head of Road Network Policy said, “While the new rules have still to be finalised, it is proposed that highway authorities will be allowed to replace the current signs as they become life expired. FTA has urged the DfT to encourage early take-up of the new option.” 

 

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