How's this for a technicality? According to a report from The Telegraph, thousands of speeding tickets issued to drivers over the last six years while traveling on a portion of the M42 motorway west of Coventry may not actually be liable for their fines. Why? Apparently, a series of signs showing variable speed limits were created with numbers that are too narrow.

An official Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions document has existed since 2002 that sets standards by which traffic signs must adhere. Since these variable speed limit signs use an improperly sized font, a group of lawyers and traffic consultants say tickets issued to motorists based on these signs are null and void.

In somewhat kinda-sorta-related news, a barber in the Cornish town of Liskeard named Andy Blackwell has started blowing the whistle on local wardens who ticket motorists who haven't paid parking fees. It seems Blackwell had been using a megaphone to perform a similar service, but the police put the kibosh on that arrangement, so he instead switched to whistles, using one himself and handing them out to other local shopowners.

Not surprisingly, the Cornwell Council isn't pleased. "Civil enforcement officers carry out an important role and it is disappointing that a small number of traders in Liskeard have decided to take this action," said a spokesperson.


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      rudimario
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well....in America, you don't even have to be speeding, to get a speeding ticket. Just some jerk, with a radar kit and the desire to brown nose his/her way to the next pay grade. It's not about being a good cop, it is all about how much money that can be made. lol
        Hampton
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rudimario
        Especially here in the Maryland/D.C area. Revenue collection at its finest...
      Farmboy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Were they in Comic Sans?
      Andre Neves
      • 1 Year Ago
      "1,000s of UK speeders to get out of tickets because signs were in wrong font?" LoL. Where do you guys find your editors? How about "Thousands"?
      Kevin Bergin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got out of a ticket because the sign was the wrong color. I was a real D-bag about it, too. Made the cop walk about a quarter mile down the off ramp with me back to the sign he was citing me for breaking, took a picture with him there, and said "Ok, I'll see you at court." When we got there, the judge reminded him that yellow signs are informational, white signs are enforceable. You've never seen someone as smug as I was leaving that courtroom. Months later when I next saw it, the sign was changed to white; I probably should have told the officer I make signs for a living.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 1 Year Ago
      The wrong font has a real impact on readability; even more so at speed. The typeface chosen for highway signs is not by accident.
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      ....Thought only America could come up with a pile of bull such as this....New rules, from now on.......duh !
      liondog96
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Ticket Clinic rescues me all the time. I bet the police here in the US hate them.
      whiteoak
      • 1 Year Ago
      Guess the english have reading problems ????? maybe we could write it in swahillie or some othe language with an odd FONT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,VEDDY POUR IXKUSE
      no7mk1
      • 1 Year Ago
      POLICE...the new domestic terrorists....
      Mark
      • 1 Year Ago
      I drive this motorway every day. Whilst it can be hard to distinguish "50" from "60" at a large distance, there's no problem with them close up. If I had a speeding ticket past one of these signs and had the chance to get off due to this technicality, I'd still take the points and pay up on principle rather than weaselling out of it. I hate the attitude of the pressure group leaders who say things like "these are clearly not speed limit signs". The world's going mad...
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        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        Reggie ... why would it bankrupt the UK government? Central government has nothing to do with collecting fines from road traffic violations, county councils do. Yet another aspect of British life you know nothing about.
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