10 July 2012.
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Is This Wheelie Good Practice?
Should Police and Councils Support Unauthorised Road Signage?
'Community Speedwatch' partnerships in various parts of the country have been encouraging people to put fake road signs — very realistic copies of '30' roundels — on their wheelie bins to be placed by the roadside. The ABD has concerns over the legality and appropriateness of this practice.

ABD Spokesman and former highways engineer Malcolm Heymer comments:
“There are strict rules in place for roadside signage, including the frequency and placement of all speed limit signs. Signs that do not conform to the regulations are not legal and can cause distraction, possibly leading to a vital warning sign or hazard being missed. Drivers need and expect uniformity of road signage. In built-up areas with street lighting and a 30 mph speed limit, the regulations prohibit repeater speed limit signs. While the ABD does not necessarily agree with this restriction, large numbers of illicit 30 mph signs on wheelie bins are a direct contravention of the regulations and could cause confusion.

It is most disturbing to see police forces and local councils not only encouraging householders to erect unauthorised copies of roadsigns contrary to regulation but in some cases also supplying such signage 1. This is a potentially dangerous practice and makes a mockery of signage rules. These authorities really should know better.”

1. Sussex Police — Wealden's Wheelie Speedy
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