A358 South Somerset to Taunton road speed limit change 'an irrelevance' - claim (From Chard & Ilminster News)
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A358 South Somerset to Taunton road speed limit change 'an irrelevance' - claim
SPEED limit changes on the main road from South Somerset to Taunton - where over 5,000 motorists were booked in a year - will “make things worse rather than better”, a solicitor claims.
Ed Boyce, who has represented hundreds of drivers caught going too fast on the A358 at Henlade, says Somerset County Council's new measures are “an irrelevance”.
From Monday, October 21 the 30mph limit on the M5 junction at Taunton will be increased to 40mph and the 30mph zone will start a short distance further along the A358 before the Taunton Gateway park and ride.
The new limits follow talks between the county, police and parish councils after numerous complaints of people prosecuted despite being unaware they were breaking the law - 5,336 drivers were caught speeding on the A358 at Henlade by a police mobile camera unit in the year to April 2012.
Mr Boyce said: “It's not going to affect the thousands and thousands of people caught speeding at Henlade because police put their camera unit further up the A358.
“It's going to make it an irrelevance. To my mind, the issue is signage.”
Cllr Harvey Siggs, cabinet member for highways, said: “We've listened to local parish councils and the police who were concerned that drivers were often unsure about the speed limit in these areas.
“We don't want to unfairly penalise motorists, but we do need to make sure our roads are safe.”
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