Why do organisations need speed limit signs?
Speed limit signs are needed to remind drivers of their responsibilities on the road in certain areas that could be more dangerous for both driver and pedestrians. A vehicle driving too fast can collide with other vehicles, property, or pedestrians causing serious damage and harm. Installing a speed limit sign helps to control speed levels and reduce the likelihood of such an accident occurring. Clear signage can go a long way towards improving health and safety measures around your site traffic routes.
Are there any legal requirements for speed limit signs?
One of the most important things to be aware of with speed limit signs are the required dimensions and permissible variations. Full details of the latest regulations can be found on the government’s speed limit signage website. Letter and numerical heights differ depending on the sign, as do diameter requirements and should be adhered to in order for the sign to be legally acceptable.
Where should speed limit signs be installed?
The installation point of a speed limit sign is important, so there are also regulations that need to be followed. Before a sign is installed, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that a full risk assessment is carried out before a speed limit is determined for the site. The HSE also provides information on where to best install a speed limit sign, which can make the process easier to manage. Typically, speed limit signs are installed in places such as building entrances, areas with larger numbers of pedestrians, car parks, industrial estates, private land, near loading bays, roads with speed bumps and uneven or winding roads.
How do you install speed limit signs?
Depending on the material, there may be different options available for how to install the sign. Not every location will be suitable for all sign types, eg: a self-adhesive vinyl sign will need a smooth surface for it to adhere to, and a sign with rear-channel slot will require a nearby post. Wall-mounted signs can be mounted using fixing holes and are often installed on walls, buildings, posts and signposts. To make things easier, at UK Safety Store we list all the fixing options for our speed limit signs so you can see if it is the appropriate material for your site.
What is the right speed limit to use?
As many as two-thirds of crashes that occur each year take place on roads that have a speed limit of 30mph or less. Accident rates across the UK could be reduced by around 5% if average speed limits were lowered by 1mph (according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). This emphasises the importance of speed limits for pedestrians and drivers. The HSE offer speed limit guidance in their Signs, Signals, and Road Markings guide which can be used in conjunction with professional advice.
Speed limit signs and road safety
Speed limit signs are an important addition to any site, keeping drivers and pedestrians safer. They can also be used in conjunction with a host of other road signs, such as Pedestrian signs, Car Parking signs, Traffic signs and more, warning of hazards and providing instructions at the right time. Drivers need ample warning before approaching a potential hazard area, which is why signs are installed in highly visible areas. If they are driving into a zone that requires them to slow down, they need to see a sign some distance before they arrive, so they have enough time to react and respond to the instructions.
What is the best material for speed limit signs?
Speed limit signs can be made in a range of different materials, including recyclable Correx, rigid plastic (also with a self-adhesive back), aluminium composite and self-adhesive vinyl. The type of material to use for a speed limit sign depends on various factors, such as its geographical location, where it will be seen, cost and how long it is intended for use. Drivers need to be able to clearly see a speed limit sign, which may also include at different times of the day and in varying weather conditions. Some signs may be exposed to different weather conditions depending on its installation point so, for example, if UV exposure is a concern, then a sign with UV resistance properties can offer better value for money and ensure longevity of use. Speed limit signs will be exposed to more wear and tear compared to signs that are installed indoors. Weather conditions change throughout the year which can damage some signs, so while maintenance is generally quite low for this type of signage it does remain a requirement. Aluminium Composite Board (Dibond) is a hard-wearing aluminium faced composite material that is ideal for external signage use. Reflective speed limit signs are used in areas of low visibility and are on display for drivers using certain areas in early mornings, evenings or nights, as the message on the sign can be seen more clearly.