Warning signs should be put up for drivers
FOLLOWING the report (Wednesday) about cabbie Dean Gillard getting three speeding fines in four hours, I have just received notification of a £60 fine and three points added to my driving licence.
This was for driving at 40mph in A374 Shapters Road heading into Gdynia Way Plymouth, recorded on an unmanned camera. This road used to have a speed limit of 40mph. I live in Laira and travel infrequently into the city centre via Alexandra Road, Mutley Plain and North Road. On this occasion I drove back to Laira via Shapters Road.
There are no 30mph speed limit signs on that road in that direction. It is not a built-up area, there are almost no pedestrians or children and it is not in the city centre. Granted there are street lights, but there are street lights along the Embankment and that is 40mph and heavily signed.
I drive through the Laira Narrows quite often, where there is a 20mph speed limit. Because of the very narrow road and pavements, and the predominance of adult and child pedestrians, I always drive at 20mph where the signs are evident. Driving towards me are cars driving at 30mph plus, and I am always being tailgated by vehicles that obviously don't want to drive at the speed limit through what is a short distance.
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As the speed limit along Shapters Road has been altered to 30mph I would have thought the very least the council would have done is to erect signs to that effect, to warn people of the change. I feel that fining me for driving at what I genuinely thought was the correct speed limit is very harsh, especially as there were no speed limit signs.
I do not drive for a living but I feel sympathetic with Mr Gillard's plight, especially as he might lose his job. I agree with Mr Gillard that this seems like a sly way of making money. There must have been hundreds of people fined for driving over 30mph on that road since November last year.
What about starting a petition to the council so that anyone fined for travelling between 30-40mph on that road since its instigation in November have their fines and points revoked, and also to get the council to erect 30mph speed limit signs on the road?
A L COLLINS