By Connie Osborne Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 11:54
OVERGROWN hedges are causing havoc for learner drivers in the town.
Driving instructor Davina Hinton told the Standard speed limit signs and directions at junctions and roundabouts were being obscured by trees and bushes, putting extra pressure on learners and sometimes causing them to fail.
“It’s just awful. Sometimes you’ll go from a 50mph zone into a 30mph and you can’t see the speed limit, the danger is just ridiculous,” she said.
“You have to tell them there’s a sharp bend coming up or a speed change because the signs aren’t visible. If it’s not overgrown bushes or trees, the signs are the wrong way and are not turned back properly.”
She added learners were sometimes not able to complete the independent driving section of their test without help as they had to be advised by examiners which route to take where signs were not visible.
Particular problem spots included Dagtail Lane where a 30mph sign is covered up and the roundabout at the top of Windmill Drive leading to Astwood Bank.
“We have to abide by the rules of the road but if people can’t see the rules then how is anyone supposed to abide by them.”
“Learners are already nervous and the last thing they want is to be panicking about what speed it is or what exit at a roundabout they should take. It should be there in front of them.
“The pressure does make people fail their exams and it’s just an extra worry for them which they don’t need.”
A spokeswoman from Redditch Borough Council said the warmer weather conditions had caused increased growth but they would respond as quickly as possible to any similar circumstances in the future.
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