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Traffic islands

Post by bergenhaus » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:25 pm

On my way home everyday after 5 there's always a long line of traffic heading back from the lights at Cults. This should be OK to navigate to the front at the lights apart from 2 separate traffic islands blocking me along the way. Sometimes there's enough space between the car and island but usually not because of parked cars as well. It is very tempting to go on the wrong side of the traffic island to carry on on my merry way but don't want to be caught out by a kid running across or another(!) hiding policeman (not traffic island related - no fault of my own) seeing me. What does everyone else do?

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by meepmeep » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:35 pm

What a good question.

Personally I think that it doesn't stop you from passing it on the wrong side as there is no solid white line.

The aim of it is a, 'Safe haven for pedestrians'. So the purpose of it is to stop vehicles from driving to close to the middle of the road when people are crossing.

So to summarise, I don't know either. :P

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by Zax » Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:44 pm

There may be no solid white lines however there will probably be indication arrows showing the drivers which side to pass the island on. I am sure this is what you could get hammered with.

i dont know what you may be charged with though.( thanks to Meep now we do !)

Those caught 'off-siding' may be issued with a £30 fixed-penalty notice as a minimum and if police believe they have been riding without due care and attention they could be referred to a Magistrates' Court where they could receive a fine of up to £5,000, up to nine points on their licence and possible disqualification.

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by meepmeep » Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:15 pm

Keep Left
Motorcyclists use off-siding to overtake or gain a better view of the road, but while they may pass slow-moving traffic or stationary traffic to the off side, they must stay to the left of central islands and keep left arrow signs.

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by Gazza » Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:10 am

If it's a particulalry slow set of lights, you could always swing around to the other side of the road and then reverse back past it. :log

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by papagee » Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:43 pm

This was a question that was asked at an Advanced Drivers meeting last year to a traffic cop carrying out the presentation. The islands are placed on parts of the road that are not safe to overtake, i.e bus stops and close to junctions. As the arrow says "keep left"

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by bergenhaus » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:11 am

Thanks people. Good clarification!

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by kennybhoy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:53 am

Gazza wrote:If it's a particulalry slow set of lights, you could always swing around to the other side of the road and then reverse back past it. :log
ha ha ffs :log

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Re: Traffic islands

Post by neo » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:16 pm

Ignoring Keep Left signs = £60 and 3 points. If polis think it is dangerous - 1 year ban and unlimited fine. :cry2

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