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White line makes road too narrow for cars to safely pass

Reported via iOS in the Obstruction on road or pavement category anonymously at 13:22, Wednesday 31 August 2022

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 3792816.

This issue was closed without a resolution or reason given that BANES feels it can ignore the road traffic act. Therefore I am reporting it again and will continue to do so until a satisfactory resolution is achieved.

The road traffic act stipulates that vehicles shall not cross a white line. (Section 36(1) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, Schedule 9 to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016 and Schedule 2 to the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988) The unbroken white line that has recently been painted on this road makes the road less than two car’s width, but there is no signage nor width limit to indicate this. Without this, BANES are not informing drivers of wide vehicles that there is an artificial narrowing of the road therefore forcing them to illegally cross the line. This line also forces compliant drivers to drive in the centre of the road, making a head-on collision with a car coming from the blind corner at the bottom of the hill much more likely - and if a car is travelling the opposite direction drivers are forced to cross the white line. The council is forcing drivers to break the law to avoid a collision that is a result of council negligence. BANES are making inappropriate use of an unbroken white line to create a pseudo footpath, rather than its proper use to mark the edge of the road or prevent overtaking. This makes people walking within the white line have an illusion of safety as they would on a raised footpath, when they do not have that safety. The Traffic Signs Manual chapter 5 section 2.5.8 clearly states the edge marking should be approximately 225nm to the near side edge of the carriageway. The line in question is around 750mm from the edge of the carriageway. Therefore this incorrect use of the solid white line is illegal as well as dangerous. Due to this, the line should be removed.

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  • Thank you for your report, it will be reviewed by the appropriate team.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Systems Team at 13:22, Wednesday 31 August 2022

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