Croydon examines traffic signs after a man stopped 50 fined drivers in one afternoon
Croydon Council will send engineers to road signs after a backlash from residents who say the cameras and signs are not easily visible.
Croydon man Ricky claims he managed to stop 50 drivers crossing a restricted area in just two hours last week on Thursday afternoon (December 2) and another 101 the following day.
He says the signs telling drivers they could face a fine are not clear enough.
Drivers will be fined £65, or £130 if not paid within 14 days, for entering the road outside Harris Primary Academy from 8am-9.30am and 2pm-4pm .
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Ricky, 55, stood in the road with a sign that read ‘£65 fine if you enter’. Croydon Council says it will now send people to take another look at the controversial signs.
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A spokesperson said: ‘Signage in this area is in accordance with the law and there is no requirement to post advanced warning signs.
“However, in response to recent inquiries from local residents, engineers will be visiting the site in the coming days to review the signage and assess whether or not further modifications are required.”
Ricky hopes this means additional signs leading to the restricted area will be introduced. But he remains skeptical about the whole project.
He said: ‘That doesn’t solve the problem, at 3.30pm with all the children and parents walking down the road what I witnessed was an accident or imminent death.
“I believe the gate system would protect the public and they could have a resident permit system.
“They say the signs are compliant, that’s rubbish, I stopped 101 cars in four hours, that’s clearly revenue based.”
He now plans to warn drivers not to cross Haling Road every day.
Ricky added: ‘I have to go every day, I get so much support from the residents, I even have a school mum today who is going to bring me a high visibility jacket.
“I’ve had drivers almost in tears because I just saved them £130 so close to Christmas.”