Speed limit error embarrassment
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.’