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Motorists 'fail to recognise road signs'

4th November 2009 | Warning Signs

Many motorists are not aware of what some road signs mean, with many not able to detect a 'no vehicles' warning.

Research carried out by saw UK drivers given three signs to indentify, with only three per cent getting all of them right.

Just over a third of drivers understood the 'no vehicles' sign, while 38 per cent of people identified a minimum 30mph speed limit warning correctly.

The third sign, indicating that oncoming traffic has priority, was successfully understood by 93 per cent of people.

Steve Sweeney, head of motor insurance at, said that the results of the survey are "worrying", adding that motorists are required by law to know the Highway Code.

"Any motorist found to be flouting the rules could be fined, given penalty points on their licence - or worse still, disqualified from driving altogether and sent to prison," he added.

Amersham Town Council in Buckinghamshire has recently trialled a scheme where road signs are stuck to residents' wheelie bins, warning drivers of the speed limit.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19442830-ADNFCR


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