The credit crunch seems to be hitting motorists harder than most. The latest change invoked by the financial crisis is the darkening of our streets. A number of councils are turning off street lights in order to save money. This cost cutting exercise emerged when Powys County Council announced that it would be cutting the power to over 9,000 street lights in order to save on its £675,000 lighting bill.
Less street lighting will obviously have an impact on road safety, however a Shropshire based company believes it may be able to offer a solution. The company, GIBS 2000, produces a lighting system called Traxeyes. Traxeyes are luminous discs that can be placed on roads and paths to illuminate routes for motorists, cyclists or pedestrians. After eight minutes exposure to natural light the Traxeyes discs glow for 12 hours. At only £3 per disc, they are also highly affordable.
The discs have a life expectancy of 12 to 14 years, and could offer a cheap solution to the safety concerns of councils such as Powys.