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Road Sign Rule Changes

May 13, 20161 Comment

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Hello!  Today’s quick blog is about the changing rules to do with signs.  The rules have now changed, if you are not aware, that councils now have more control over where the put signs and how far apart they put signs etc.  The idea is try and cut down the number of signs because all of the different regulations mean you could end up with a 30mph sign with an advisory sign underneath saying 20mph, as an example.  So the councils now have more control about using local knowledge and common sense when putting signs up.

What occurred to me is a general rule that us instructors sometimes use which is if there is a lamppost and no signs it is a 30mph limit; If there are no lampposts and no signs it’s a national speed limit unless marked otherwise.  The problem that I see with this now is that the council don’t have to put repeater signs up  if, let’s say, there is a 20mph  and lampposts, there is no longer a rule that states the council have to put 20mph signs up at regular intervals.  The councils are only obliged to put a speed limit sign up at the point the speed limit changes.

I just thought that it is worth telling our pupils about as this means the rule that we have used about streetlamps and no signs, it is safe to assume it is a 30mph etc is no longer appropriate.  I know of one road in Southampton that is a 20mph speed limit.  There is a 20mph sign as you enter the road from the roundabout but if this sign is missed the new rules could mean your pupil could think it is a 30mph speed limit.

I think it is highly unlikely that councils will start removing signs!  But as we do know, there are many areas where 30mph limits are being decreased to 20mph.  The council is only obliged to notify drivers once of the speed limit and may choose to only put one sign up.

How you advise your pupils is up to you but I would advise to stick to the rule for now but it may not always be applicable.  You could use this as an opportunity to contact past pupils which could give you possible referrals, motorway lessons, Pass Plus etc.

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Blaine Walsh is the owner of, has been a driving instructor trainer for 15 years and a driving instructor for over 20 years. When he first qualified Blaine admits his was not a very good instructor, became disillusioned, was not retaining pupils and not making any money, so he quit full time teaching. After spending time self-reflecting, he had a light bulb moment and realised that he needed to put more explanation, effort and enthusiasm into teaching learners. Since then he has not looked back and is now regarded as one of the top trainers in the country.
  • Wyn Owen

    Hi Blaine. Thanks for the article – I wasn’t aware of this new rule. We are already used to the lack of repeater signs in Gwynedd & Isle of Anglesey where the speed limit is below 30mph. I don’t think we’ve ever had a single repeater sign in that respect and as you suggest, it can indeed be problematic. So I’ve built in to my rule of thumb to say “unless it’s a pedestrian, ramps or dwellings area”. Seems to work ……. as good as anything does with learners! 😄

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