Honest John – the Daily Telegraph’s excellent motoring agony aunt – has been explaining again why he believes tyres-wrecking speed bumps are a safety risk.
A long time campaigner against the speed humps, his latest comment was prompted by a reader from Torquay who wrote: “There’s regular and understandable criticism of speed humps in your column. I don’t like them any more than anyone else, but it would at least be a bit of comfort to see some acknowledgement of the reason for their installation. Some drivers have absolutely no regard for others’ safety and do not apply consistent risk assessment to their surroundings (parked cars, children, junctions, road conditions and so on). We’ve all seen drivers travelling at inappropriate speeds and humps are simply an attempt to think on their behalf.”
To which Honest John replied: “My campaign against these dangerous obstructions will not abate. Speed cushions destroy the hidden inner shoulders of car tyres, leading to unforeseen blowouts that could occur at high speed later in a car’s journey, and also damage suspension components – another important safety factor. The strongest argument against them? The pounding from vehicles harms the sub-structure of roads, leading to potholes all around and hugely increasing maintenance costs, which we as a country cannot afford. In Holland they block-pave side roads from wall to wall, without footpaths, and this “pedestrianisation” slows drivers very effectively, without damaging cars and putting motorists at risk.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office