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FDP: 'Foolish' traffic sign changes must end

DDP/The Local · 25 Mar 2010, 08:37

Published: 25 Mar 2010 08:37 GMT+01:00

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Döring called plans by former transport minister and Social Democrat Wolfgang Tiefensee to replace traffic signs a “really foolish act,” explaining that in the wake of the financial crisis community coffers are simply too strapped to afford it.

Street signs were already redesigned in 1992, and an interim ruling deemed them still valid. But the last government struck down the ruling last year, rendering hundreds of thousands of signs worthless, he said.

“Cities and municipalities must shell out enormous sums to exchange signs that are often hard to tell apart,” Döring said.

Meanwhile signs that aren’t changed become invalid, making it impossible for authorities to punish traffic violations.

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“We must stop this lunacy,” the parliamentarian said, adding that the “previous laws should be reinstated as law to ensure the validity of old street signs.”

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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10:13 March 25, 2010 by Victor Scicluna
Thís is interesting news, can someone enlighten us to the non binding signs, we might get away with murder if for example I can get off from my €32 parking fine just cause I find out the sign is in some way invalid........... wow some fun at last.
10:14 March 25, 2010 by William Thirteen
the Association of Traffic Sign Manufacturers is outraged by this patent neglect by the Federal Goverment of the safety of its citizens!
13:06 March 25, 2010 by jsweeney
"Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs telling us what to do." -Tesla
13:28 March 25, 2010 by Legal E
A colleague asked why in the UK they do not put what laws the traffic sign adheres to... so I told him. Our laws go back to about 1600's the sign would be about 50 foot high. The joys of common law and not codified... and yes what ones are not legal?
15:15 March 25, 2010 by dbert4
"Sign Sign everywhere a sign. Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind. Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign" - Fiveman Electric Band, 1970
02:36 March 26, 2010 by peschvogel
The new NWO signs are on their way.

Signs to be distributed soon:

1. Obey

2. Get your chip here

3. Higher taxes for safety provided by the NWO

4. Stop breeding

5. Halt! You are a clone

6. Take your medicine here

7. Stop Prisoner - You didnt pay your new tax

8. This lane for the elite klass
11:55 March 26, 2010 by Johnny Cash
Nice One peschvogel. It is a pity so few people will get it. If you drove through Germany and looked at all the signs you could never be watching the roads. It would be better to tear a lot of them down so we can concentrate on driving.
03:37 March 27, 2010 by SusannahM
Heh, jsweeney, I didn't know anyone still listened to Tesla! Go Sacramento!
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