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A358 speed limit changes 'an irrelevance', says solicitor
5:30pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
SPEED limit changes on a road where over 5,000 motorists were booked in a year will “make things worse rather than better”, a solicitor claims.
From Monday, October 21:
- The 30mph limit on the M5 junction at Taunton will be increased to 40mph;
- The 30mph zone will start a short distance further along the A358 before the Taunton Gateway park and ride.
- Other changes will see: The speed limit on Priory Avenue cut from 40 to 30mph;
- The maximum on the Toneway and the A358 at Hankridge go down from 50 to 40mph.
The new limits follow talks between the county, police and parish councils after numerous complaints of people prosecuted despite being unaware they were breaking the law – 5,336 drivers were caught speeding on the A358 at Henlade by a police mobile camera unit in the year to April 2012.
Mr Boyce said: “It’s not going to affect the thousands and thousands of people caught speeding at Henlade because police put their camera unit further up the A358.
“It’s going to make it an irrelevance. To my mind, the issue is signage – if they put repeater 30mph signs in, it would remind motorists.
“If you drive along there at 30mph at the moment, you’ll have a whole line of traffic behind you and an empty lane in front.
“I’ve represented all sorts of people you wouldn’t expect to put their driving licences at risk – they’re just unaware of the speed limit.
“I’m sure the changes will make things worse for motorists rather than better.”
A county council spokesman said the changes were aimed at making the limits clearer for drivers and to reduce the number of accidents.
Cllr Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for highways, said: “We’ve listened to local parish councils and the police who were concerned that drivers were often unsure about the speed limit in these areas.
"We don’t want to unfairly penalise motorists, but we do need to make sure our roads are safe.”
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