THE enemy of motorists – the speed hump – could be on its way out.
But Government plans to remove speed bumps from UK roads has been branded “daft and irresponsible” by campaigners.
Environmental Secretary Michael Gove had suggested councils scrap the road safety feature as part of the UK’s ongoing plan to reduce air pollution.
Gove had previously said councils should prioritise “improving road layouts and junctions to optimise traffic flow, for example by considering the removal of road humps”.
Road safety campaigners have warned ministers that removing road humps can be dangerous and could put children at risk.
Speed bumps in residential areas and close to schools are crucial in minimising the risk a motorist imposes.
Living Streets, which campaigns to allow children to walk safely to school, told the BBC that if councils remove road humps it would see a decline in the number of children walking to school.
Without the introduction of other safety measure – such as chicanes or speed cameras – the charity believes children will be discouraged from walking or cycling.
Living Streets spokeswoman Rachel Haycock told the broadcaster: “This idea is completely daft and irresponsible.
“Of course we all worry about the air our children breathe – but we also worry about reckless drivers going far too fast.”
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “Removing speed humps, which are proven to be an effective way of reducing road casualties, would increase risk to all road users, but especially to pedestrians, pedal cyclists and children, and are one of the key reasons why death and injury on our roads have fallen so substantially over the last few decades.”
It is perceived that speed humps increase pollution emitted by cars due to the constant increasing and decreasing of speed.
Some experts believe that the volume of air pollution emitted can almost double.
A Government spokeswoman told the BBC the changes would not compromise road safety.
She said: “Reducing roadside pollution is a priority for this government – which is why we have committed £3bn to help towns and cities take action against harmful emissions caused by dirty diesels.”