Trees and vegetation obscuring traffic signs and traffic signals
Friday 18 May 2012
The Environment Department is concerned at the number of road signs that have become obscured by trees and vegetation.
In addition, it has been noticed that a number of traffic signal aspects across the Island are similarly obscured. This can lead to motorists not being able to adequately see the lights on approach to certain junctions and this is obviously a cause for concern.
Also, overgrown vegetation could interfere with the detector positioned on the top of the aspect (if fitted) that may lead to vehicles not being detected, thereby leading to longer waiting periods for a green signal or the signals not changing at all to the next phase. This can cause frustration for motorists and, in extreme cases delays, may lead to drivers attempting to jump a red signal.
It is also important for landowners to keep hedges, bushes and other growth trimmed on land bordering a public road and situated on a corner, so that visibility of oncoming traffic or sightlines for vehicles exiting junctions is not obstructed. (This is in accordance with 1931 legislation - Ordonnance Relative a La Hauteur des Haies Bordant Les Encoignures des Voies Publiques).
Therefore, in the interests of road safety, we are requesting that property owners give urgent attention to trees and vegetation that needs to be cut. We would advise that the pruning of trees should be done by properly qualified, competent and insured contractors.
It is particularly applicable at this time, because under Ordinance XVIII of 1953, hedges bordering a public road must be cut between 1st and 15th June and 15th and 30th September each year. Inspections are carried out by the Parish Constables to ensure that this law is complied with. However, we would ask that landowners take responsibility throughout the year to ensure that signs are completely visible
PERMISSION FOR ROAD OBSTRUCTIONS:
Property owners are also reminded that they need permission before carrying out work that causes an obstruction in the road. Obtaining permission for most minor works should not be a problem, but islanders still need to make a written application. Staff need to be able to stipulate any conditions that might apply, such as not carrying out work during peak traffic times. They are also available to provide guidance on any signage that is required, both to ensure the safety of the applicant and that of motorists or other road users. Forms and further information can be obtained from the Department's website - see link under 'Related Pages'.
Traffic Services Office
Tel: 01481 243400