Road signs are clearly there to try and help drivers. However, has the balance tipped with too much information now available making things confusing for drivers? The following story suggests so:

A woman who was fined for driving through a bus gate in Chelmsford has won her appeal after successfully arguing that there were simply too many road signs for the brain to process.

Dr Bernadine King – a psychologist, who has published a number of academic papers on how people process visual information – said the bus gate was “endangering lives.”

According to a BBC reportEssex County Council has collected £1.5m in fees after more than 54,000 drivers were fined for using the Chelmsford bus gate in an 18 month period.

The Council stated that the number of people attempting to access the gate had dropped by over three quarters.

“Inadequate” signage

A tribunal quashed Dr King’s penalty charge notice (PCN), which was issued in November, ruling that the existing signage was “inadequate.”

Following a visit to the site, the traffic penalty adjudicator noted that although some of the signs by the bus gate were large and easily visible, they were “cluttered”, meaning that “drivers could be confused.”

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