Does anyone know what the distance between lamp posts is?

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24/11/2005 at 09:45
I have to fill out a witness questionnaire form and I'm trying to estimate how far away from the accident I was. So I need to find out how far lamp posts are apart on an A road? Anyone know?

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24/11/2005 at 09:49
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24/11/2005 at 09:51
I don't think there's a set distance, the standards will allow a range, will probably vary according to the precise type of road (eg, urban trunk road, urban trunk dual carriageway, urban non-trunk, rural, etc etc etc) and anyway, those standards will have changed over time so it depends when they were put in

The only sensible thing to do is go to the scene and estimate. Or just guess from your desk
24/11/2005 at 10:26
Dodgy Geezer wrote
I don't think there's a set distance, the standards will allow a range, will probably vary according to the precise type of road (eg, urban trunk road, urban trunk dual carriageway, urban non-trunk, rural, etc etc etc) and anyway, those standards will have changed over time so it depends when they were put in

The only sensible thing to do is go to the scene and estimate. Or just guess from your desk


Yes, a guesstimate will have to suffice, I just wanted to be as accurate as possible.
Thanks for the replys.


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24/11/2005 at 11:34
I thought there was something in the Highway code (old version) that said a 30mph speed limit applied where no limit was posted but street lights were present if spaced at 273yards!!
I think I recall someone avioding a fine cos the lampposts were further apart!!! (possible urban myth)
24/11/2005 at 11:36
Hairy_J wrote
I thought there was something in the Highway code (old version) that said a 30mph speed limit applied where no limit was posted but street lights were present if spaced at 273yards!!
I think I recall someone avioding a fine cos the lampposts were further apart!!! (possible urban myth)

That's a maximum distance to represent a 30 limit, there is no minimum distance.

You'll have to get off your arse and go to look.
If it's a long way off you may be able to get someone to measure for you.

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24/11/2005 at 11:36
20 minutes ago I had a chap who used to do lamp posts here....shame I didn't see this earlier.
24/11/2005 at 11:38
Btw, if you honestly cannot say how far away you were in terms of an approximated distance then it may prove sounder evidence to quote the distance in terms of how many lamp posts away you were.
24/11/2005 at 11:52
It varies. The only way to get a true measurement is to go out with a tape measure.

I tried getting the highways dept to provide measurements, but theirs weren't accurate enough - but you might be lucky. In my case I need accuracy so went out with a tape measure.

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24/11/2005 at 11:53
Hairy_J wrote
I thought there was something in the Highway code (old version) that said a 30mph speed limit applied where no limit was posted but street lights were present if spaced at 273yards!!
I think I recall someone avioding a fine cos the lampposts were further apart!!! (possible urban myth)


I thought that too, but when I checked earlier the Highway code said that any streetlights mean that it's a 30 unless it is signed differently! From here www.highwaycode.gov.uk/09.htm, section 103.

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24/11/2005 at 11:56
depends on how close to the equator you are
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24/11/2005 at 12:02
Used to be 50 yards didn't it?
24/11/2005 at 12:19
balbas wrote
I thought that too, but when I checked earlier the Highway code said that any streetlights mean that it's a 30 unless it is signed differently! From here www.highwaycode.gov.uk/09.htm, section 103.


THats the NEW version which I know doesnt give any distances - I thought the OLD version was slightly different!! Not sure I know where / if I have a copy anymore - although by the time I get home I'll have forgotten to go look ayway!! ha

There were changes between old and new versions- mini roundabouts, for instance!!
24/11/2005 at 12:20
Hairy_J wrote
THats the NEW version which I know doesnt give any distances - I thought the OLD version was slightly different!! Not sure I know where / if I have a copy anymore - although by the time I get home I'll have forgotten to go look ayway!! ha

There were changes between old and new versions- mini roundabouts, for instance!!


Has the law changed though, or is the new highway code just slightly incorrect?

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24/11/2005 at 12:25
Popeye wrote
depends on how close to the equator you are


Lol!!

Thanks Chaps, I've sent in my guesstimate now.

I had to really think about this and make sure I got everything right. Distance, weather, road conditions, visability!

So if you're a div like moi and you happen to witness an accident, make notes. I shall next time. I wonder if this was why my witness never replied to my Insurers letters asking for his statement.


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24/11/2005 at 12:50
balbas wrote
Has the law changed though, or is the new highway code just slightly incorrect?

I think it has been dumbed down.

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