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Pickering speed bumps give drivers the hump
FRUSTRATED drivers in Pickering have spoken out against “severe” speed bumps which they say are damaging their cars.
Residents of Swainsea Lane and Middleton Road and surrounding area say they have been left with expensive repair bills after many of their cars’ suspensions were damaged by the speed bumps in the area.
The roads are all inside a 20 mph limit to protect pupils of the three schools nearby, and the drivers said they support the speed limit but are sick of the sharp-edged traffic calming measures wrecking havoc on their cars.
Eighty-five-year-old Dorothy Barnes had to pay out to replace broken springs on her car, and she is certain the speed bumps around her home are to blame.
She said: “The springs at the back of my car cost £190 to replace, and I am a pensioner.”
She wrote to the North Yorkshire County Council to complain, and received a reply saying the speed bumps were regulation size and shape and would not damage cars driven within the speed limit.
Mrs Barnes said: “They say the humps are perfect, but I am 85 years old, I have been driving for a long time and I don’t speed.”
She has heard of many friends and neighbours suffering the same fate, and even opting to take long detours to avoid Middleton Road and Swainsea Lane. She is encouraging others to come forward if their cars have been damaged on the streets.
Another resident, John Addyman, has been campaigning against the speed bumps since they were installed more than 10 years ago and agrees they are a worse shape than others.
He said: “Cars are slowing down almost to a stop to go over them – so much that they are slowing me down when I cycle up there.
“If the speed limit is 20mph I think you have a right to drive your car up that road four times a day at 20mph without damaging it, but that’s impossible.”
County councillor John Clark represents the area and has heard from many drivers angry about the humps. He has appealed for anyone else affected to get in touch him so he can take all the complaints back to the highways officials.
But a county council spokesman had defended the speed bumps and insisted their design complies with government regulations.
“Accordingly, there is no risk of damage to any vehicle travelling at or below the 20mph speed limit in force on the two roads. The speed cushions form part of an area-wide traffic calming scheme designed to ensure that vehicle speeds are consistent with the 20mph limit in force to reduce the potential for collisions to occur. This is particularly important given there are three schools in the area.”
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