In the many years of providing compensation advice, Accident Advice Helpline has come across some bizarre instances, where it might seem unclear why a particular institution or office has taken a measure which may seem overly extreme and disproportionate to the risk of the injury. Below is one such example where a relevant local authority has taken steps to try and prevent a road traffic accident which may be viewed as too extreme by some.
Maidstone town crest
In 2008, Maidstone council undertook the decision to remove the town crest from mayor Denise Joy’s limousine. The town crest flag, normally placed above the windscreen, measuring just 8in by 5in was deemed by council officer Neil Harris to be, “a health and safety risk.”
It was deemed that the town crest flag could pose a distraction to passing motorists, and could fall off if the vehicle reached a certain speed, increasing the risk of a road traffic collision. The move angered many local residents, who demanded the mayor be spared from the measure. Many argued that it was essential that the first citizen of the town should be easily recognisable when performing her civic duties as mayor.
The car for Mrs Joy, then 53, had been switched from a Jaguar to a hybrid Lexus in order to cut pollution.
The incident highlights the pressure that local authorities are under in order to keep road traffic collisions at an absolute minimum. Often, there is a very fine line between enacting appropriate measures to help combat the very real problem of accidents on the road, and measures which may be too extreme.
Accidents on the road are still a very serious matter, and if you’ve been injured as the result of a road traffic accident within the last 3 years, and it wasn’t your fault, then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our freephone lines are open 24/7. A friendly and professional advisor is waiting to take your call. Alternatively, you can find out online in less than 30 seconds if you may qualify for compensation by taking the online test at Accident Advice Helpline website.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown