‘Remove them all’ Tory councillor backs ban on speed bumps

‘Remove them all’ Tory councillor backs ban on speed bumps

07/14/2021

Speed bumps: Impact of driving over them at speed revealed

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Philip Desmonde, Cabinet member for transport at Cornwall Council, would like to see all speed bumps removed from streets. He believes they are counter-productive and that they pose a health and safety risk to drivers and those living nearby.

I consider them to be a danger to the health of those who live and work in the vicinity of these pieces of hardware in the infrastructure

Philip Desmonde, Conservative Party councillor

Speaking to Cornwall Live, the structural engineer said: “The issue of speed bumps, I could call them all sorts of names. My personal inclination is to remove them.

“I consider them to be a danger to the health of those who live and work in the vicinity of these pieces of hardware in the infrastructure.

“They have been introduced to control speed, quite laudably, but they do the opposite in relation to the health of people.”

Speed bumps and traffic calming measures are installed on roads in a bid to reduce the speed of traffic and can often be found located outside schools.

But many social media users agree with Cllr Desmonde.

One wrote: “Remove them all, they don’t slow people down unless in a lowered car. I live near some and cars fly down my road most of the day.”

Another posted: “Yes [instead] bigger fines for speeding or two months in prison for 2nd offences should be imposed.”

A third shared: “Average speed cameras would be better, keeps everyone at a slow steady speed.”

Cllr Desmonde, of Truro, Cornwall, said that in his portfolio area he wanted to focus on connectivity and quality of life and said that he wanted to have healthy streets which benefit people.

“I want to do this by looking at measures that involve the use of signage and cameras and enforcement rather than using physical features on the landscape,” the experienced councillor added.

“A highways officer is not the right person to make a judgement call on this at all. A highways officer is not going to dictate to me what will be a policy. There are so many diverging views and experts who have different views.”

Speed bumps are often used in urban areas to convince drivers to slow down to the potential damage to heir vehicles.

When the car hits the speed bump, the vehicle’s tyres batter the wheel rim with extreme force. This causes the wheel to shake violently which puts pressure on the vehicle’s suspension.

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