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Suffolk: Drivers back concerns over hidden road signs

07:35 19 June 2014

An example of obscured road signs

An example of obscured road signs


Motorists have united in condemning the prevalence of obscured road signs in Suffolk after the problem was highlighted by a
driver’s speeding appeal victory.

As reported in Tuesday’s EADT, Caspar James successfully argued in court that his speeding conviction, issued in July 2013, had been unfair as the 30mph sign in Wattisfield, near Eye, had been covered with foliage.

Mr James’s concerns that obscured signs were dangerous, unfair and far too
widespread – particularly along rural routes – have been echoed by readers online and by email.

One driver, who wished to remain anonymous, highlighted his own legal battle to overturn a speeding conviction, when he was caught doing 42mph in a 30mph zone in Suffolk. Like Mr James, this motorist was also able to argue the obscured signs left him unable to determine the legal limit.

Judge John Holt, responding to the prosecution’s submission that the driver should have checked the obscured sign, said sarcastically: “I see. So, there could be 30, 40, 50 or 60mph (signs) and it is incumbent on him to stop, get out his shears and have a look?”

Others, commenting on Mr James’s experience, highlighted obscured signs around Sproughton, Sudbury and other rural routes.

Sue Douglas said: “What a shambles of a country we have become.”


  • I agree with the comments but there is a facility to report these problems by filling in the Suffolk CC highways on line report. I have used it several times to report traffic signs and bollards that have been knocked down or damaged. The benefit is that you get a confirmation e-mail back with an update. Most times, the signs or bollards have been sorted out within a few days. (Not quite so good for pot holes near my home but I do send them a monthly reminder). Let's face it, how long does it take to report it on line, minutes? Much less than constant moaning that nothing is being done.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • The councils could save money by NOT mowing outside bends and straight sections of roads which do not obstruct motorists vision as well as giving wildlife a chance. With the savings, they should mow the inside of bends for motorists visibility and cut back around signs (on both sides of road). Too simple?

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    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • I warned SCDC that a tree in their car park in Felixstowe was obscuring a speed restriction sign but their wonderful customer services didn't even respond! You are nearly always better off approaching the County Council with problems like this (even if it is SCDC that is causing the problem).

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    John Shirley

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

  • I think a bigger problem is the amount of summer event sign "clutter" that afflicts our road junctions this time of year. It's bad enough that SCC cant be bothered to mow the junctions properly but we really don't need these adding to the problem. To name and shame one organisation, Aldeburgh Music Festival, I removed one of their signs from a very dangerous junction on the A12 (wenhastondunwich crossroads) the other day which was completely obscuring the view south.

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