Speed bumps are a pain for drivers in the UK, as although they were introduced as traffic calming measures they are known for ruining the underneath of a vehicle.
But the government have announced this month that there will be a lot less speed bumps seen on the roads to reduce the amount of government red tape and costs for the council. It is also thought that there will be a reduction in the amount of road signs erected on the roads, to prevent from distracting drivers. It is thought that councils will make the move towards painting speed limits on the roads to ensure that people know what the limits are, although a sign will still be required at the start and end of the speed limit to make sure that distracted drivers are aware of the limits. The changes are part of the traffic signs policy review, and they hope that these reductions will reduce the road clutter and costs that the councils are incurring, making it easier for them to spend their money on potholes and other things that are plaguing the life of the average motorist.
Norman Baker, Regional and Local Transport Minister, said:
"I want to end the era of top-down government by providing a radical devolution of power to local authorities and communities. If councils and local communities want to put in place 20 mph schemes on residential roads or use common-sense measures such as variable speed limits outside schools, then they should be able to do so without spending time and money satisfying unnecessary Whitehall diktats."
It is thought that by making these changes, councils will be reluctant to use twenty miles per hour schemes but implement other measures to reduce the amount of traffic and speeding in localities. But critics say that the number of road deaths, especially in children and around schools could raise, causing further issues.
If you are driving on the roads in the UK then you need to have Comprehensive Car Insurance to make sure that you are legally roadworthy. You also need a valid MOT certificate and car tax.