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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Traffic Lights and Speed Bumps Are Dangerous

Kudos to The Institute of Economic Affairs, for stating that four in five sets of UK traffic lights should be torn down to reduce travel delays and boost the economy.

Additionally the Institute doesn't think much of speed bumps and bus lanes either.

In its view the proliferation of traffic lights, speed bumps and bus lanes seen in Britain in recent decades is “damaging to the economy”. It estimates that a two-minute delay to every car journey ends up costing the UK economy about £16 billion every year.

Ironically these "safety" measures make the roads more unsafe. The IEA is quoted by the Telegraph:
Not only is a majority of traffic regulation damaging to the economy, it also has a detrimental effect on road safety and the environment.

Road-users rely on third-hand instructions rather than first-hand judgement about how to adapt to the conditions and proceed safely."
The number of traffic lights in England increased by a quarter since 2000 and some 60,000 speed humps have been installed since they were first introduced in the 1980s, the report says.

These "safety" measures also negatively impact Nanny's totem of the environment, “as drivers brake and accelerate, increasing emissions, noise pollution and harmful health effects”.

Traffic controls are in fact detrimental to road safety because it “subverts our social nature and removes individual responsibility”.

I assume Nanny will ignore the findings of the IEA.
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  1. Anonymous7:50 AM

    I thought that this was common knowledge.

    The first thing that the cunt Ken Livingstone did when he became Mayor of London was to introduce a congestion charge to fuck over the very people that voted for him.

    The second thing was to re-programme all of the traffic lights in the city, to further discourage people from driving.

    Many councils have now followed his fine example.

  2. Anonymous1:12 PM

    . . . And while they are on the job, can they get rid of a lot of the signs that have seemed to sprung up everywhere, Particularly in towns. They're ugly, seemingly never in the right place, and presumably bloody expensive!
    Speed limits that change every 100 yards would be a good target too.
    Once again, "they" don't have enough to do, and they have too much of our money to do it with.