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Sunday, 8 March 2009

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Speed camera sign not "representative" of equipment used by police, high court rules.

Trading standards have successfully sued the government over misleading speed camera signs. Speeder John Wilson contacted trading standards to complain that the cameras used by police are nothing like the ones shown on the signs.

The high court judge ordered all misleading traffic signs to be changed or equipment adjusted to suit the signs. It is reported that the government will appeal; the counter case could be aided by rumours that the judge has 9 points on his driving license.

Before changing all speed camera signs, trials have been conducted in Wiltshire with a 1920s camera. The only thing to come out on a photograph was retired farmer, Tom Watson, asleep on a park bench. A police spokesman confirmed "he was definitely not speeding"

Following the case the Dept. of Traffic Signage has conducted an immediate review of all signs to ensure that they do not fall foul of this again. Some example of changes to be made are the inclusion of hi-viz jackets and hard hats on "men at work" signs, inline with European health and safety regulations. "Give Way" signs will be replaced with "Slow down, look left, look right, join carriageway if no other road users will be impeded."

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