Motorists are just a cash cow for council
OVER the last week or so there has been a lot of comment about the apparent lack of speed limit signs around the approaches to Gdynia Way in Plymouth.
Several motorists have received fines due to driving above the speed limit and being recorded on camera. Most have complained bitterly about this seeming injustice, and one gentleman has even gone to court over it.
I would like to ask them all, just what is it that you hope to achieve? We are motorists and, as such, are viewed by the council as cash cows and a ready source of income. We are there solely to be fleeced at every opportunity, and they are doing just that very thing.
It matters not one iota that Gdynia Way used to be a 40mph road, the council has now made it into a 30mph one and has reaped the benefit of its minimal approach to the placing of speed limit signs. There are mutterings about making yet more roads into 20mph limits, how much cash will that raise for them before we all wise up?
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When will we all realise that, as motorists, we are regarded as criminals by the council. All of the euphemistically termed road improvements being carried out, at great public expense, are not being done for our benefit. All that results is the loss of carriageway space for motorists and increasing gridlock, along with rising share prices for the manufacturers of traffic lights.
Witness now the chaos again all around Prince Rock and Cattedown, after less than a year since the last fiasco, solely due to junction alterations on Laira Bridge. And the benefits to us as motorists will be what exactly? Lines of vehicles stretching back to Exeter Street, up over Tothill Road almost to Mutley Plain, out across Laira Bridge towards Elburton and Plymstock Broadway are really good for the environment aren't they!
Call me old fashioned but I always thought that the idea was to keep traffic moving.