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  1. jimothy

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    Is it me?

    I have recently noticed a large amount of these 6'6" width restriction signs popping up.

    Last weekend in the New Forest, every road off the main drag seemed to be width restricted with shiny new signs, deterring us from travelling down roads I'm sure we have travelled before.

    And this weekend on the Isle of Wight, circumnavigating the island on the main road, we get to Ventnor to be faced with a width restriction ahead. Rather disbelieving, we carried on regardless, and sure enough no problem in passing (afterall the buses must go that way, and delivery trucks etc to feed the town). There was actually a traffic-lighted section where the road had been artificially shrunk using concrete blocks and bollards, though we were able to pass with no probs.

    Now I'm likely to believe the weathered old restriction signs, but this sudden explosion of shiny new signs all over - call me paranoid, but is it nimby residents trying to deter motorhomes, caravanners, HGVs, delivery trucks etc from passing through? Some of these roads are the only way to access brown-signed tourist spots.


    Anybody else noticed more restrictions popping up?
     
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    It used to be 7.5t restrictions to deter people and that is now moving more towards 3.5t.
    If it keeps on going down the scale I won't be able to go out in my Land Rover, never mind the MH.
     
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    I think that one of the reasons is the inaccuracy of lorry sat-navs.
    My road is a short residential road which has frequent heavy lorries using it as sat navs indicate right turn which should be taken about 400 yds away to the main road to the motorway.
     
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    I find it useful to have no idea how wide or long my van is.

    Never been pulled up or stuck for being too wide.

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Yes in IOW last year we found ourselves unable to proceed when a road was closed for roadworks. All other routes had the width restriction signs. When I asked one of the locals what I was supposed to do I was told there wasn't actually any narrow sections along the roads, just that they wanted to discourage vehicles bigger than cars! and, sure enough the 'narrow roads' were perfectly passable. When people ask about how big our motorhome is giving the dimentions will often result in a blank stare so I will clarify it by saying, "about the size of an ambulance" which is usually much more something people can visualise. Presumably these nimbys won't want emergency vehicles being denied access to their area?

    Wyn
     
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    And presumably the dustcart can still get through .........
     
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    Good point :thumb:

    Wyn
     
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    I seem to remember a couple of years ago reading about an accident in a restricted width road that the vehicle whose width exceeded the limitations of that road was denied his insurance claim. Presumeably because he shouldn't have been there!

    Ouch!
     
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    Please don't ignore the width and height restrictions on the bridge crossing the River Severn at Jackfield, just up from the Ironbridge - it really is >6'6"< in both height and width!

    I've seen a few large trucks who have been sent down there by their sat navs :Sad:
     
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    Makes it rather difficult doesn't it? :Doh:

    If its to prevent HGVs from taking inappropriate satnav routes, why not say Not Suitable for HGVs, if it is actually a narrow/low route then use a height/width restriction.

    Are these signs enforceable in law? If so, then surely they should not be conveying misleading information?

    As it is, us drivers of larger vehicles can either not get to any of these places if we're good boys and girls and obey the signs, or risk invalidating insurance should we continue and anything unfortunate happen.

    Generally we plan our routes on good old paper OS Explorer maps where you can actually see what size road, but that won't be of any help if the signage says no. Although they do often have a 'except for access' caveat.
     
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    You know, one way or another, I can see myself becoming barred from getting just about anywhere!

    :thumbdown: Spurious road width signs - can't take motorhome down those roads.

    :thumbdown: A-frames to become illegal (possibly, allegedly) - can't tow small car behind van even if I wanted to.

    :thumbdown: Approved towbars - might or might not become available for Apr 2012 reg van in order to tow above small car on (possibly illegal) A-frame.

    :thumbdown: Bus bans - can't take dog on bus in certain areas (notably notorious Herefordshire). How many other areas to jump on the bandwagon?
     
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    The government got into the habit of telling lies with the introduction of speed cameras. There are many instances of a camera warning sign and no camera.

    In France, if it warns you of a radar camera, there will be one.

    We have the facility to erect signs that tell the truth; they are the ones with the red circle round the edge on a white background.
     
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    I've just had a Google an found this website:

    width restriction

    which says:

     
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    A bloke from Telford I work with from time to time warned me about that bridge. He had to flag down a motorhome last year while out on his motorbike, to get them to turn around.

    It must be this one:
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=jac...noid=azzymKTYqEEsns4mvK3c8A&cbp=12,45.18,,0,0

    The height restriction bugs me - there's no reason why I shouldn't be able to cross that bridge as far as I can see, but I'm guessing they've had to go OTT because overweight vehicles haven't been turning around.
     
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    I'll have to get you a picture of an underpass down here - height restriction is something like 6 feet! Stand on tip toes, and you can touch the roof!:Rofl1:
     
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    Nice meal at the Woodbridge next to it, though. :thumb:

    Wyn
     
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    Have you been there recently? It's had a big make-over in the last 6 months and the food is even better!
     
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    It was January we went so presumably since the refurb.

    Wyn
     
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    I'm surprised I haven't already found that one, particularly with my satnav :Blush:
     
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