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Debates: Issue 242 3 May 2012

Time to rewrite sign language

Having successfully challenged a penalty issued in a retail car park on the grounds that it was not clearly signed as a pay & display site, Martin Cutts argues it is now time to outlaw illegible signs

Martin Cutts

Few things matter more in the parking industry than the legibility of signs and notices. Unless these are clear, motorists are likely to break the rules and run the risk of being punished. In car parks owned by local authorities, signs tend to be large and bold. A spot-check of ten council car parks in the Macclesfield and Stockport areas showed that the crucial words ‘Pay & display’ were usually 65-75mm high, never smaller than 32mm high, and clearly placed in the...

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