How To Get Speed Bumps Installed
As an essential tool to control traffic flow and improve safety on roads and in car parks, speed bumps are a popular traffic calming technique.
But how do you go about getting speed bumps installed at your site? And is there an application process to go through? In this article, we explore these pressing questions.
Why are speed bumps important?
Speed bumps, speed humps and other traffic calming methods are useful, affordable and effective ways to slow traffic and encourage safe speeds. This is particularly useful on private roads, areas located close to schools, and in car parks – all places where slower, more careful driving should be encouraged.
How are speed bumps installed in the UK?
Speed bumps in the UK are made from plastic or rubber to limit damage to the local area. They are usually affixed to a concrete or asphalt surface with bolts or other fixings, enabling them to be easily removed if needed.
When installing speed bumps in the UK, the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 must be consulted and adhered to. These legislations are in place to prevent improper placement of traffic calming methods. To adhere to these regulations, you must ensure that the location you’ve chosen is legal and in a zone of an appropriate speed limit, and that the speed bumps are paired with adequate lighting and signage.
Also in accordance with the Highways Regulations, speed bumps must adhere to certain dimensions. Therefore, to ensure you remain on the right side of the law, it’s always advisable to hire a professional company to carry out the installation. Here at Landmark Road Lining, we have years of expert experience laying speed bumps on roads throughout the UK, and are familiar with all up-to-date regulations.
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How to apply for speed bumps?
Here in the UK, you will need to make sure you go through certain steps to apply for speed bumps. These include:
- Consulting the Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 to ensure the chosen location is legal with regards to speed limits, lighting, signage and other factors. These conditions may differ depending on your proposed location
- Familiarising yourself with your local authority’s guidance regarding speed bumps and road safety, and inform the council in your area
- Gaining permission from the land owner, and if you are the landowner, checking with your local council
- Consulting with the chief of police, along with representatives from the ambulance and fire services. This is to check that your proposed speed bumps won’t interfere with any emergency services routes. You may also need to consult with bus companies, waste collection companies and other people who live on your road
- Ensuring you call a professional company to carry out the installation itself
Bear this information in mind, but it’s also advisable to check with your local authority for further clarity on applying for speed bumps.
Here at Landmark Road Lining, we are a leading installer of speed humps. Working across the UK, our team are happy to advise on your plans and we also have the appropriate accreditations, such as SafeContractor and CHAS, to guarantee a high-quality install. Simply get in touch for more information.