Speed limit error embarrassment

Posted on July 6th, 2015 by James Luckhurst

20mph road sign

Speed limit error leaves Council embarrassed

Speed limit error leaves Council embarrassed

Motorists have been left baffled after a pair of contradictory speed limit signs was put up just metres apart on the same street. Bristol City Council has been forced to correct the contractor error after both a 20mph and 30mph sign was put up on opposite sides of Ely Grove.

Resident Javier Freire-Banos, 48, had lots of questions when he observed the signs. ‘If I drive down the left hand side of the road, does it mean that I can drive up to 30mph, but if I drive on the right hand side of the road I can only drive up to 20mph?

‘Is the right hand side of the road considered far more dangerous, and therefore there is a need to drive at a slower speed? If I drive down the middle of the road should I split the difference and drive up to 25mph? If I am overtaking a vehicle, I can only do so to a maximum of 20mph, however, the vehicle that I am overtaking can travel up to 30mph?

‘If stopped by the police for travelling at 25 mph, can the police fine me, as there is a 20 mph speed limit sign on the road, even though on the other side of the road, directly opposite, there is a 30 mph speed limit?

‘Is there a snob factor on our street, that I did not realise existed, and living on one side of the street means you get different rules and regulations in comparison to living on the other side of the street?’

A Bristol City Council spokesperson said: ‘The signs, which were put there in error by our contractors, have now been corrected at no extra cost to the taxpayer.‘This is a large scale, citywide scheme which is being implemented – errors like this are rare but if they do occur they will be corrected as quickly as possible.’