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Pressure on budgets leads to warning over highway road markings

2 March 2012

A survey by The Road Safety Markings Association of nearly 500 miles of public highways has shown that 50.6% of the UK’s road markings are barely visible, an increase from 23% in a similar survey the year before.

Many hard-pressed authorities have reduced spending to maintain front-line services and to perform obligatory statutory functions. With there being no requirement to maintain road markings, the survey reveals a worrying trend, which could well lead to more accidents, and an increase in claims against local authorities.

For those representing injured claimants or defendant local authorities, now would be a good time to refresh our collective memories of the House of Lords decision in Gorringe v Calderdale MBC (2004), where it was held that a defendant local authority did not owe a duty of care to a motorist to paint markings on the surface or erect warning signs on the crest of a road.

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