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HGV Sign.

Reported in the Road Traffic Signs and Road Markings category by Ernie Povey at 16:25, Thu 28 November 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 6 minutes later

Memorial Avenue/A4155 Junction. The Unsuitable for HGV's Sign is, in my opinion, is wrongly sited. I would guess as a cost saving position. Coming from the Henley-on-Thames direction drivers could easily miss it as may have happened today. If HGV's are to be stopped from using this road would not two signs, one each side of the road, closer to the junction, be better giving drivers a chance of seeing them? See photographs of damage caused by a very high HGV today outside Shiplake Primary School. Bits of the tree went over the fence of the school into the playground also doing lots of damage to a parked car. I have more photographs if you would like them.

Council ref: ENQ19848991

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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 16:30, Thu 28 November 2019

  • Thank you for your report. We have investigated this and ‘Unsuitable’ may be due to limited width due to parked vehicles, or possibly a sharp bend with walls either side of the road such that a long or articulated vehicle may struggle to negotiate the hazard. Although signed as ‘unsuitable’, it may be that in certain instances or at certain times of the day that a vehicle may be able to safely negotiate the road and indeed, this may be necessary in order to carry out deliveries, for example. As the signing is advisory, there is no recourse to the law if an HGV tries to negotiate the road. That said, the signs are generally considered effective most
    of the time. As many ‘unsuitable’ roads are in conservation areas or the older parts of villages, their provision requires a balance between the frequency of occurrences of HGVs using the road, the risk of damage to property or vehicles, and the aim
    of trying not to proliferate signs in what may very likely be a visually attractive area.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:43, Tuesday 7 January 2020

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