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Transport minister Rosie Winterton has announced a major review of the UK's road signs, and is inviting the unwashed masses to chip in their two bits' worth as to how Blighty's signage might be improved.

As the Department for Transport press release explains, the review will "will ensure that traffic signs keep pace with the latest technology, help to cut congestion and emissions and keep traffic moving safely and efficiently without cluttering our streets".

The DfT elaborates that it will: Consider new powers to reduce street clutter and ensure out-of-date signs are removed; Look at using new traffic sign technologies that can provide new ways of managing traffic flow; Provide better road information - such as up-to-date travel news - to give motorists informed choices about their journeys; Demonstrate how effective signing can provide safer roads and reduce accidents; and improve road users' understanding of traffic signs and signals.

This last point will, of course, be of particular interest to those of you who recently redesigned the classic "Do not run over coffin dodgers" alert, and we have no doubt you'll be more than keen to join the "traffic signs policy review steering group" - comprising " motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, highway authorities and road organisations" - which is due to convene for the first time next month.

In the meantime, we'll conclude by offering a written "Caution: Ministerial quote ahead" warning. Winterton said: "Road conditions have changed dramatically over the years - and road signs need to keep pace with that change to provide the best information possible to all road users. It is vital we help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians understand how to use our roads - improving road safety and helping reduce congestion and CO2 - without cluttering our streets with unnecessary signs." ®

Bootnote

We don't know exactly you go about signing up for the traffic signs policy review steering group, but suggest you give the DfT a bell on 020 7944 8300 if you're inclined to contribute.

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