25 April 2013
Dear road users...
This is a 'Give Way' sign. What it means is 'Give Way', not 'put your foot down and drive straight at any vehicle coming the other way'.
This is also a 'Give Way' sign. What it means is 'Give way to oncoming vehicles', just in case you can't tell from the words 'Give way to oncoming vehicles' written under the nice little picture.
Just in case you aren't aware, this is a sign 'giving an order'. It is not a 'give way if you feel like it, but don't bother if you're in a hurry'; it is a legal requirement: Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10(1),16(1) & 25. It's there to stop you crashing into people.
This also applies to drivers travelling through Chew Moor and Lostock, where driving standards seem to be particularly poor. If your side of the road has parked cars on it and there isn't enough room for two cars to pass each other safely, don't just drive at the oncoming vehicles, giving their drivers dirty looks for having the audacity to have the right of way. Wait ten seconds for the road to clear, and then go.
Where there's a 20mph speed limit, it's there for a reason, rather than to annoy you personally. Obey it and stop tutting at those who do obey the law. More so, don't overtake them in anger and then nearly run into an oncoming bus, like the idiot I saw last week.
Posted by Womble at 1:59 pm