Confusing road sign could land Stevenage drivers with fine

A ROAD sign in Stevenage is misleading motorists, according to a poll of drivers.

THIS confusing road sign could mean motorists are landed with an unexpected fine.

A Comet poll of drivers found most to believe the sign, found at the entrance to both Cleviscroft and Badgers Close in Stevenage, to mean an end to the prohibition of parking on the pavement or grass verge.

Colin Carter, who lives in Cleviscroft, said: “Stevenage Borough Council has installed road signs giving motorists permission to park with two wheels on the pavement or verge.

“This sign clearly informs motorists that any restrictions on pavement parking are at an end.”


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But when The Comet contacted the council it was discovered that this is not what the sign actually means.

“If people park on the pavement or verge there now they will still be parking illegally,” explained a spokesman for SBC.

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The sign actually refers to the end of an enforcement scheme implemented by the council in Bedwell, and does not relate to police enforcement - which is still active on these two roads.

“Cleviscroft and Badgers Close are not part of our scheme,” said the council spokesman.

Asked if the sign could mislead drivers into thinking they are permitted to park on the pavement or verge on these two roads, he said: “Any sensible driver would know grass verges are illegal to park on.”

But he added: “When funding becomes available, we will be introducing an experimental scheme in Cleviscroft and Badgers Close where we will harden the footway and allow some verge parking on one side of the street.”

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