Driving instructor wins battle over road signs

Echo: Mission accomplished – Tariq Musaji with MP Mark Francois Mission accomplished – Tariq Musaji with MP Mark Francois

A DRIVING instructor has successfully campaigned for misleading road signs to be corrected.

Tariq Musaji launched a website exposing signs around south Essex which were inconsistent with driving manuals and, after gaining the backing of Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois, Essex County Council has replaced several signs.

Mr Musaji, 43, of London Road, Billericay, began noticing as he drove around with his pupils that some signs were either displayed in the wrong order or gave motorists incorrect warnings.

He photographed almost a dozen signs and published them on a website, which he reported to Essex County Council, and four have now been corrected.

Mr Musaji said: “These signs are being funded by the public purse, so they should be correct.

“Someone new to the area, who may not be familiar with the road layout ahead, could be misled. It’s dangerous.

“I’m pleased my campaign has been worthwhile and made a difference.”

The signs corrected included hazard signs in Southend Road, Shotgate, which warned motorists there was an impending roundabout before a bend in the road, when the hazards are actually in the reverse order.

Signs in Laindon Link, Basildon, which indicated a zebra crossing followed by a mini-roundabout, rather than the other way round, have also been corrected, as have signs approaching traffic calming measures in High Road North, Laindon, telling motorists travelling in both directions to give way to one another.

After unsuccessfully campaigning to Essex County Council for six months, Mr Musaji wrote to Mr Francois, who represents Wickford, where his driving school, Farah Driver Training, is based.

Mr Francois said: “Inaccurate signage could be confusing to learner drivers and, indeed, to all motorists.

“I followed up these matters with Tracey Chapman, councillor responsible for highways at Essex County Council, and I was very pleased to note a number of the road signs Mr Musaji highlighted have now been amended or replaced, and that the outstanding ones he spotted are to be dealt with by the end of this financial year.”

Essex County Council said the reports were being investigated and action would be taken where necessary.

A spokesman added: “Essex County Council strives to ensure all road markings and signs are clear and correct.”

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7:58am Thu 22 Mar 12

Jill S. says...

Good for him!
Good for him! Jill S.
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9:10am Thu 22 Mar 12

keithrg says...

fantastic need to sort out road layouts as well. Basildon hospitail roundabout, mandivelle way roundabouts, and removal of mini roundabout from crosse courts and gower chase
fantastic need to sort out road layouts as well. Basildon hospitail roundabout, mandivelle way roundabouts, and removal of mini roundabout from crosse courts and gower chase keithrg
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9:46am Thu 22 Mar 12

PJR121 says...

What's wrong with Mandeville Way?
What's wrong with Mandeville Way? PJR121
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9:53am Thu 22 Mar 12

Jodaius says...

Well done! It's good to see someone approaching things the right way by going through the council rather than just running straight to the Echo and posing for a stony-faced photograph.

Some people might see some of the points raised as trivial, but it is vitally important that the road signs in this country are consistent and correct, so that motorists know what to expect.
Well done! It's good to see someone approaching things the right way by going through the council rather than just running straight to the Echo and posing for a stony-faced photograph. Some people might see some of the points raised as trivial, but it is vitally important that the road signs in this country are consistent and correct, so that motorists know what to expect. Jodaius
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12:51pm Thu 22 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

maybe this campagning driving instructor would like to start a cmpaign to stop driving instrucors/examiners getting learner drivers to stop on the double yellow lines (for their information there are also signs on little posts saying 'at any time' evident there) in Paycocke Road and Honywood Road by the new driving test centre. Hardly shows them in a professional light doe it, so blatantly floutng the traffic regulations when they relly ought to led by example and show the drivers of the future that the rules are there to be obeyed.....
maybe this campagning driving instructor would like to start a cmpaign to stop driving instrucors/examiners getting learner drivers to stop on the double yellow lines (for their information there are also signs on little posts saying 'at any time' evident there) in Paycocke Road and Honywood Road by the new driving test centre. Hardly shows them in a professional light doe it, so blatantly floutng the traffic regulations when they relly ought to led by example and show the drivers of the future that the rules are there to be obeyed..... The Cater Wood Creeper
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12:53pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Taxpayingidiot says...

Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,
Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon, Taxpayingidiot
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5:34pm Thu 22 Mar 12

keithrg says...

PJR121 wrote:
What's wrong with Mandeville Way?
The main one is, there are 3 lanes onto the roundabout London bound, but only 2 exits Juction of Florence Way and Mandiville way (plus the go back on your self which hardly ever happens)
One lane should be removed in my opionion and all left hand lanes London bound should be turn left and the right hand lanes for straight on as prescrided in the highway code. Surely it doesnt cost much for some white arrows ???
The laindon bound trip from Tescos, should be left lane straight on right lane turn right :)
[quote][p][bold]PJR121[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with Mandeville Way?[/p][/quote]The main one is, there are 3 lanes onto the roundabout London bound, but only 2 exits Juction of Florence Way and Mandiville way (plus the go back on your self which hardly ever happens) One lane should be removed in my opionion and all left hand lanes London bound should be turn left and the right hand lanes for straight on as prescrided in the highway code. Surely it doesnt cost much for some white arrows ??? The laindon bound trip from Tescos, should be left lane straight on right lane turn right :) keithrg
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6:39pm Thu 22 Mar 12

thepenismightier says...

Taxpayingidiot wrote:
Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,
Only because someone nicked the 'You're' !
[quote][p][bold]Taxpayingidiot[/bold] wrote: Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,[/p][/quote]Only because someone nicked the 'You're' ! thepenismightier
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9:59am Fri 23 Mar 12

PJR121 says...

keithrg wrote:
PJR121 wrote: What's wrong with Mandeville Way?
The main one is, there are 3 lanes onto the roundabout London bound, but only 2 exits Juction of Florence Way and Mandiville way (plus the go back on your self which hardly ever happens) One lane should be removed in my opionion and all left hand lanes London bound should be turn left and the right hand lanes for straight on as prescrided in the highway code. Surely it doesnt cost much for some white arrows ??? The laindon bound trip from Tescos, should be left lane straight on right lane turn right :)
Yup, forgotten about that one - and very true, the number of times I've turned left onto Florence Way and nearly been hit by someone in the middle lane drifting out to go straight on!

The same should be done with the roundabout at the junction with Nightingales - two lanes, but people only use the left hand lane, whether going straight on or left. All it needs are some arrows!
[quote][p][bold]keithrg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PJR121[/bold] wrote: What's wrong with Mandeville Way?[/p][/quote]The main one is, there are 3 lanes onto the roundabout London bound, but only 2 exits Juction of Florence Way and Mandiville way (plus the go back on your self which hardly ever happens) One lane should be removed in my opionion and all left hand lanes London bound should be turn left and the right hand lanes for straight on as prescrided in the highway code. Surely it doesnt cost much for some white arrows ??? The laindon bound trip from Tescos, should be left lane straight on right lane turn right :)[/p][/quote]Yup, forgotten about that one - and very true, the number of times I've turned left onto Florence Way and nearly been hit by someone in the middle lane drifting out to go straight on! The same should be done with the roundabout at the junction with Nightingales - two lanes, but people only use the left hand lane, whether going straight on or left. All it needs are some arrows! PJR121
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12:23pm Fri 23 Mar 12

The Cater Wood Creeper says...

A DRIVING instructor has successfully campaigned for misleading road signs to be corrected


does this include the signs that direct drivers to 'Barstaple' or Chelvedon' at the roundabout on Broadmayne and Timberlog Lane?
[quote]A DRIVING instructor has successfully campaigned for misleading road signs to be corrected[/quote] does this include the signs that direct drivers to 'Barstaple' or Chelvedon' at the roundabout on Broadmayne and Timberlog Lane? The Cater Wood Creeper
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12:34pm Sat 24 Mar 12

Jaggywah says...

thepenismightier wrote:
Taxpayingidiot wrote:
Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,
Only because someone nicked the 'You're' !
Excellent!

...and that's The.Pen.Is.Mightier.
.. I read it wrong first time and thought you were bragging!
[quote][p][bold]thepenismightier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taxpayingidiot[/bold] wrote: Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,[/p][/quote]Only because someone nicked the 'You're' ![/p][/quote]Excellent! ...and that's The.Pen.Is.Mightier. .. I read it wrong first time and thought you were bragging! Jaggywah
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9:47pm Sat 31 Mar 12

muffindamule says...

Jaggywah wrote:
thepenismightier wrote:
Taxpayingidiot wrote:
Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,
Only because someone nicked the 'You're' !
Excellent!

...and that's The.Pen.Is.Mightier.

.. I read it wrong first time and thought you were bragging!
Known on other threads as 'thepenis' for short.
[quote][p][bold]Jaggywah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thepenismightier[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Taxpayingidiot[/bold] wrote: Other misleading signs are Welcome to Basildon,[/p][/quote]Only because someone nicked the 'You're' ![/p][/quote]Excellent! ...and that's The.Pen.Is.Mightier. .. I read it wrong first time and thought you were bragging![/p][/quote]Known on other threads as 'thepenis' for short. muffindamule
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