We must have legal speed limit signage
WITH reference to the many articles printed in The Herald concerning the confusion over the speed limit and speed limit signage (or rather the lack of) on Gdynia Way. And to the attitude of the so-called safety camera partnership team who are insisting that all relevant speed limit signs are in place, and who appear to adopt the attitude that because they represent the law, that they are right and everyone else is wrong.
Well, allow me to point out that while yes, there are drivers disregarding speed limits who deserve to be brought to book for their breaking of speeding regulations, there are also guidelines laid down in legislation covered by the traffic signs regulation and general directive act 1984, which every safety camera partnership team is legally obliged to obey.
Where according to direction eight section 85 of the act, clearly states that at the commencement of any speed limit there is to be displayed two signs displaying the limit with one sign placed on either side of the road and neither sign is to be obscured from the motorists field of vision by any shape or form.
Otherwise any speed limit is illegal and, as the photograph unquestionably shows this to be the case at this site, causing any legal action by the authorities illegal. Therefore any notices of intended prosecution sent out by the authorities are also illegal for which they should be made to explain their actions in a court of law. They above all others, should be aware of legislation and I for one cannot accept that they do not, and appear to rely heavily on the fact that the motoring public are probably very limited in their knowledge of legislation. Which incidentally I have been studying for quite some time and have become quite learned in the field of the T S R & G D (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directive act).
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The fact appears that the guidelines are not being obeyed constituting a breaching of legislation by the authorities for which they must be made to answer. Strong words maybe but instigated by strong feelings of persecution and underhanded tactics, and a view shared by many probably wrongfully convicted motorists.
I am also in complete agreement with J F Smith, Your Say, September 8. Where it is questioned as to why do the powers that be not introduce more speed limit signs as the one that is in place is blatantly insufficient, not to mention that word illegal again. Fact is, the so-called safety camera partnership team do not want you to know the speed limit resulting in more motorists creeping over the limit, therefore swelling their coffers as it is no secret they are strapped for cash due to Government cutbacks adding to the rapidly increasing public description of speed detection cameras as nothing more than cash machines.
The photograph again un mistakenly shows the illegality of the speed limit signage was refused to be used as evidence by the clerk of the court in a recent court case which surely constituted an unfair trial and the defendant was duly found guilty. Not surprising when you consider that the safety camera partnership teams are not only members of the police force but very often include magistrates as well as other professional bodies involved with the law.
I, like so many others, feel so very strongly about the extreme, unfair and seemingly illegal treatment being dished out. I would challenge a member of the partnership team to provide me with some honest answers to some honest questions regarding legislation in the presence of the media, including TV cameras, which incidentally should make them feel at home, but I am not holding my breath.
Let's unite and fight together, all we want is legal signage and maybe an admission of wrongful prosecutions.
R R LANG