Individual Councils have been given the power to remove pointless traffic signs from UK roads.
The new rules mean that unnecessary and out-of-date road signs will come with a ‘remove by’ date, enabling councils to know when the sign is no longer required.
The number of signs on our roads has risen from 2.45million in England in 1993 to an estimated 4.57million in 2013.
Sir Alan Duncan MP has been appointed to lead the task force looking at removing pointless signs, with the crackdown aiming to pave the way for wider changes.
The Government has stated that too many road signs look ugly and can stop drivers from seeing other essential signs or messages on the road. Each individual Council is now responsible for their local road signs, with the reform said to draw in a potential £30million saving in running costs by 2020.
Energy costs and light pollution levels are also set to drop, with fewer road signs needing to be lit than before. Safety signs such as stop signs and signs for low bridges will remain lit.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Road signs should only be installed on our roads when they are essential. Our common-sense reforms will help get rid of pointless signs that are an eyesore and distract drivers.
“These new rules will also save £30 million in taxpayers’ cash by 2020, leaving drivers with just the signs they need to travel safely.”
The Government is also working to make traffic signs on unlit roads more visible, as well as working to prevent temporary message signs being cluttered with adverts or distracting logos.
Other reforms set to be brought in include the removal of the requirement for repeat speed limit signs. Individual councils are now able to choose how many speed limit signs are needed in their area.