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Missing Mirror

Reported in the Highway Schemes category anonymously at 15:49, Thursday 10 January 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

The Mirror on 19 Merton Street OX1 4JD has disappeared making it difficult to turn on the blind bend

Council ref: ENQ19823449

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:50, Thursday 10 January 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 08:48, Friday 8 February 2019

  • Thank you for contacting us about the provision of a road mirror. However, we do not support the use of road mirrors on or adjacent to the public highway for the following reasons:

    • The image they provide can be misleading in terms of vehicle speed and distance giving drivers a false sense of security, potentially leading to vehicles emerging injudiciously;

    • misleading at night when reflecting headlights;

    • damaged by vandals or by accident;

    • affected by glare from sunlight or car headlights at night;

    • sometimes obscured by condensation and dirt;

    • confusing for non-local motorists;

    • difficult to site satisfactorily;

    • prone to fogging in poor atmospheric conditions and glare from the sun.

    In the past mirrors were sometimes approved by the Department for Transport as an accident remedial measure, but only as an experiment for a year. As I am not aware of a significant accident record at this junction, it is unlikely that we could justify an application in addition we would not have anything to measure the experiment against. I would also add that the few highway mirrors that existed in Oxford have since been removed.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:37, Monday 13 May 2019

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