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.
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.
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.