Thousands of UK motorists charged for speeding could have their convictions rescinded due to non-conforming road signage.
According to a report by BBC’s 5 live Investigates, illuminated managed motorway signs displaying speed limits on stretches of the M42 to the west of Coventry – from junctions 3a to 9 – allegedly used the wrong font.
It’s thought the symbols shown were too tall and too narrow, potentially leading drivers to misinterpret the speed limit.
Warwickshire police revealed the overhead signs erected as long ago as 2009 were “technically illegal” as they did not follow official guidelines set out by the Department for Transport.
The Highways Agency has given permission for the gantries to be used, but following roughly 11,000 motorists caught speeding last year on the section of road in question, there could be a flurry of drivers requesting their convictions be overturned.
All pending cases have been scrapped, while anyone snapped towards the end of 2012 has been let off.
The Highways Agency confirmed it knew about the issue as far back as three years ago, but thought the signs conformed to regulations.
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ONE THIRD OF BRITS DRIVING ON NEAR-EMPTY TANKS
Over one third of motorists in the UK are driving with almost no fuel in their car’s tanks as they only fill up “as much as they can afford.”
Conducted by George Charles of VoucherCodesPro.co.uk the study outlined of the 1,244 drivers surveyed the average re-fuelling costs came in at £30 per week.
It gets worse. 34% revealed they fill-up only what they can afford, while only a slim 9% of respondents admitted to brimming their cars.
According to the RAC, poorer families spend around £44 of their average £167 weekly outgoings on running a vehicle, and as petrol and diesel costs look set to continue to rise it is predicted more families will fall into fuel poverty.
The data shows re-fuelling habits are overwhelmingly dictated by money, with 41% admitting to waiting until their car was “very close to empty” to fill up.