posted 6 years ago

Standard European Road Signs Could Be Introduced in UK

European Roadside Proposals Explained

The European Commission is considering a proposal that would require the United Kingdom – and other member states – to adopt a standard set of road signs. Why? Because in the future most new cars will have a camera that scans the road ahead for signs. When the system spots one it will compare the shape, colour and font to a database. It might then conclude that the speed limit is thirty miles per-hour and display this information on the dashboard as a reference for the driver. Some of today's cars already have this technology. As such, a standard set of signs could make such systems easier to develop and more reliable. There are, after all, different “stop” sign for the United Kingdom, Greece, The Netherlands and Poland, etc. Signs with other common meanings such as “give way” vary too. Naturally, reliability will be even more important when self-driving cars that have to interpret these signs become mainstream. There are also proposals to standardise the lines that define the road edge to help self-driving cars steer. These proposals –- that if implemented could make the roads safer but cost tens of millions of pounds – come via the European Road Assessment Programme and EuroNCAP.

About European Road Assessment Programme and EuroNCAP

The European Road Assessment Programme is a non-profit organisation that works to save lives by making the roads safer. It was conceived in the late nineties and is now a force in thirty countries such as the United Kingdom, Sweden, Italy and Iceland. Members include motoring organisations, national/regional road authorities, research institutions and elected experts. Typical tasks include promoting the independent safety assessment of public roads, promoting their safe use through education plus conceiving and encouraging programmes which improve safety. EuroNCAP, in contrast, provides consumers with realistic and independent new vehicle safety assessments. Within this remit, it performs a series of crash tests then rates overall performance from one to five stars. Cars also earn percentage scores for specific categories: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection and pedestrian protection. There is also a safety assist category that assesses systems that – among other things – help prevent accidents such as electronic stability programs. These use sensors to make cornering safer by preventing over-steer, etc. Typical tests include a front impact, pole side impact and car-to-car side impact. The results help motorists compare vehicles and make informed buying decisions. 


Best the EU adopts UK signs... Have you ever driven in Europe ... Signs generally don't make much sense, which is probably why the cars &?drivers need guidance :-)

At first I thought it was All Fools Day! This one must have ticked the EU Commission box for the day. Please do not associate politicians with Muppets: I love The Muppets!

There is already enough nanny state interference and computer technology in my car to make it safer. I'm an advanced driver and take responsibility for my actions when driving. But I want control of my car, not just some pod I sit in to be steered around by a robot. What happens not if, but when all this technology goes wrong? Remember, to err is human, but to really cock things up requires a computer. No thanks to autopilot on cars, and no thanks to European signs.

"I find your faith in technology disturbing..." I do wonder for who's benefit this is for. Last time I drove it was me who looked at the sign/road paint/other street furniture, etc. and acted accordingly. I didn't wait for my vehicle to interpret anything. If you want to leave the driving to someone else I'd suggest public transport.

Best wait and see if we stay in the EU methinks - before embarking on another multi billion £ waste of money. Cheaper to issue a free sat nav to all cars - they seem to know exactly what the speed limit is in any given location!!

Was it this lot who got the DoT to put expensive distance signs along motorways which are marked in kilometers (or fractions thereof)? This country works in miles and should remain so! Motorway distances on these signs are totally meaningless to the majority of people spoken to and my MP don't even realise what these signs are for.

I'd love to see the result of a European Road Assessment on Addison Road in Rugby. The County Council obviously think it is perfectly OK to route 44 tonne juggernauts through a residential side street to reach an industrial estate at all hours of the day and night, rather than incorporating a slip road off the new Western Relief Road (A4071). Please send some Eurocrats to tell these muppets how to improve road safety.