30 MPH limits and the law (& possibly paging the NorthWiltsisti)

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Gyp, Jan 2, 2007.

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    Gyp Guest

    A while back (3-4 years at a guess) while out doing a bit of advanced
    training with a Police Instructor, he was talking about his frustration
    at councils putting up 30 limit signs where they were not legally

    In particular, the need to have appropriately spaced lamp posts before
    the road can be restricted to 30.

    Is this still the case?

    It's just that I noticed that the Greatfield and Hook areas west of
    Swindon and chunks of the nearby Lydiard Millicent are sign posted as 30
    (in some cases with little repeaters) but with no streetlights at all.

    I've not been done there, nor am I suggesting that it's sensible to do
    more than 30 there, I'm just wondering about the current legalities.

    P.S. If Krusty is reading this, I can't help wonder why that pub's
    picture is of a skinny Knight in full armour falling into a haystack.
    Gyp, Jan 2, 2007
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    ogden Guest

    IANAL (so wibble flip, etc), but AIUI the only relevance of
    appropriately spaced lamp posts where 30 limits are concerned is that
    the presence of such posts negates the requirement for repeater signs
    and prompts a requirement for repeater signs for any other limit in

    So appropriately spaced lamp posts _or_ appropriately spaced 30mph
    repeater signs indicates a 30 limit, but only one or the other is
    required. Maybe he meant they were failing to put up the repeaters where
    there were no lamp posts?

    Yeah, see above. If lamp posts were required, you'd never have 30 limits
    in rural villages, which would be bonkers.
    ogden, Jan 2, 2007
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    Roger Hunt Guest

    I went out for a cross-country spin at 3.30 this morning, with glorious
    empty roads, and I was aware of my speed all right.
    Roger Hunt, Jan 2, 2007
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    Mark Guest


    IANAL but my understanding is that it is not enforceable regardless of
    repeaters or lamp post spacing if there isn't TWO full sized round 30 limit
    signs facing in the appropriate direction at the start of the limit. Only
    case this is different is on a motorway.

    Mind ewe I wouldn't want to try it though.

    Mark, Jan 2, 2007
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