Overgrown bushes and trees blocking road signs are putting millions of drivers at risk, safety experts warn


OVERGROWN bushes which completely block important road signs are putting drivers lives at risk.

Safety experts have warned that Brits are missing out on important information as many signs are hidden by large trees.

 Overgrown bushes hiding important road signs around the country are endangering the lives of drivers

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Overgrown bushes hiding important road signs around the country are endangering the lives of drivers

Transport Focus – an independent roads watchdog – blames Highways England for falling to clear essential signs on 4,300 miles of motorways across the country.

They’re now calling on drivers to report poor examples using its new online tool Sort My Sign, which launched today.

Using the database, drivers will be able to locate a sign on an online map and flag any problems.

Currently, motorists have to report any problems with motorway or A-road signs to Highways England via phone or email.

 A warning sign is almost completely covered by an overgrown tree

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A warning sign is almost completely covered by an overgrown tree
 Motorists would struggle to read this sign when travelling past at speed

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Motorists would struggle to read this sign when travelling past at speed

Around 17 per cent of Brits admit to making a “potentially unsafe manoeuvre” because a junction number was hidden by an overgrown tree.

Another report from the House of Commons Library found it would take 14 years and £9.31billion to clear vegetation blocking signs across the country.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said:”We want to hear from road users about signs and information that aren’t up to scratch.

“We’ll use what you say to press Highways England to make journeys easier and safer.

 It would take up to 14 years and £9.3billion to trim back out of control hedges across the UK

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It would take up to 14 years and £9.3billion to trim back out of control hedges across the UK

 

“There is nothing more frustrating than missing your turnoff because the sign was hidden behind a tree or missing crucial information

“While we have some of the safest roads there are still too many signs which are broken, confusing or out of date. If it’s not clear, it’s not safe.”

You can report any obstructed signs here.





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