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Car go slows are the limit.

I RECKON if public transport wasn't so expensive (don't get me started on rail fares again...) many of us wouldn't bother getting into our cars, especially as every day it just becomes more and more difficult to be a motorist.

The latest assault is the idea that councils across Britain are planning to impose a blanket 20mph speed limit in built-up areas, despite official figures showing casualties in current 20mph zones were up by 24 per cent in 2011 from 2010.

So what's the point? Revenue raising of course.

Shove in an impossible speed limit, even where it's not really needed, enforce it 24 hours a day and wait for the cash to roll in.

I also read that ministers are "considering" tackling the deluge of daft road signs that blight our roads and confuse the motorists. But I'm sure I've heard it all before so I'm not holding my breath.

I'm not too bothered by the daft signs. What does bother me are the bossy diktats in lights that scare you on the motorway: DON'T DRIVE TIRED! TAKE A BREAK!

DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE! LOOK WHERE YOU'RE GOING! WATCH YOUR SPEED! KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!

I suppose it's all good advice but why do the signs need to shout it? Why can't they be nice, as they are elsewhere in the world? In Singapore, for example, on the sixlane highway that is almost never congested and nobody speeds (because the limits are reasonable) signs say things like: ENJOY YOUR DRIVE! And ALL ROADS ARE CLEAR, HAPPY MOTORING!
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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Jan 6, 2013
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