The signs don't light up even if traffic exceeds 30 MPH

The Dinas Road “speed awareness” signs don’t light up even if traffic exceeds 30 MPH

Two new so-called “driver messaging feedback signs” – set up in Penarth to make drivers aware of the speed they’re travelling  already appear to have  failed.

The two signs were set up six weeks ago on either side of the Dinas Road dual carriageway and are supposed to light-up as a car approaches to make drivers  aware of just how fast they’re travelling.

The signs remain unlit as traffic passes.

The signs remain unlit as traffic passes.

IMG_0112The signs are said to have been programmed to activate once a vehicle approaches at a speed in excess of 30 mph and should then display the speed at which it  passes.

However neither of the signs now appears to be working and when drivers pass them at any speed  – even in excess of 30 mph  – nothing lights-up and nothing happens.

Local police have received constant complaints about alleged speeding on Dinas Road and the electronic signs are supposed to not only alert drivers but also record information on the overall speeds of local traffic.

Vale Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) is now a member of the Vale Council 'cabinet'

Vale Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) is now a member of the Vale Council ‘cabinet’

Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell)  who is the Vale of Glamorgan ‘cabinet’ member for building services, highways and transportation, had said  “The safety of road users and pedestrians is paramount and it is hoped that the above initiative will be successful to reassure the local community that the council is proactive in the education of speed enforcement in residential areas.”

The new signs were supposed to remain in place on Dinas Road for a period of three months to establish if there really is a “speeding issue” at the locations and whether any further enforcement action needs to be taken

Local residents say that – whatever happens – they hope the council won’t install road humps along the dual carriageway.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Best thing the dreamers can do with their “cabinet” is keep a tool kit in it.

  2. Jimmy says:

    Dinas Road is a nightmare for people speeding. It is so dangerous and with so many children around, what are the drivers thinking? There are a number of ‘boy racers’ who by far exceed the 30mph limit, especially in the evening. There is also a motorbike which has now joined the race. The speed is one thing, and the sound these cars make is another violation. Speed bumps would be welcome as the only other real alternative is a speed camera.

    • e roberts says:

      speed cameras would be the better of the two – as long as they are working all the time.

  3. Paul says:

    Same on Lavernock Road. Speed is ridiculous and the cameras just seem to be encouraging them to see how fast they can go. Just put in some speed bumps and a real speed camera and start taking their money. It’s not just boy racers either, these people see the limit as irrelevant so hit them in the wallet and gets some points on their licence before they kill someone

  4. Ivor Bagman says:

    The whole idea of having
    Garages and drives
    Is surely to keep the car
    Off the road.
    There are far too many
    2/3/4 car families.

  5. Steve says:

    Ever noticed how careful drivers are when the road has been stripped back for resurfacing?

  6. The Tax payer says:

    What. You want them to work as well. It’s Penarth NOT Barry !!!!

  7. Lyndsay Doyle says:

    The problem with Dinas Road is that it is laid out like a go-kart circuit. A few speed bumps on the turning points to disrupt a complete ‘lap’, would make it less attractive to the petrolheads.

  8. Peter Davey says:

    The speed sign in Lavernock Road, which appears from time to time, seldom works properly.
    A waste of time and money.

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