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    Wink speed bumps again......

    hi guys...
    i have been emailing the traffic people at my local council in complaint of some of the speed bumps down my road. after just getting a bill from the Volvo dealers for 460 to replace the drop links and control arm bushes on my S60, i felt the need to complain. they also destryed the shockas on my A4.
    these bumps are bad. some are o.k, but they have the concrete bump type with a brick effect stamped onto them..... they is nasty.
    please read the attached email correspndence and off any advice for my case.
    cheers.
    i dont have the origional email i sent, but tis was their reply....

    Dear Mr Baxter,
    Thank you for your e-mail regarding the thumps on Barnfield Avenue. I have
    visited the site many times since the introduction of the traffic calming
    features and can confirm that the thumps do conform to all design standards.
    The traffic calming was introduced to try to reduce vehicle speeds and
    reduce accidents. Since the scheme was completed both traffic speeds and
    accident s have been drastically reduced. The thumps in question are 37mm
    high and are covered in a thin layer of mastic asphalt. Tests have shown
    that provided they are traversed at speed below 20mph there is no adverse
    affect on your vehicle.
    Best Regards
    Ian Saxby
    Senior Engineer
    Traffic Management


    this was my response tonight.....

    hi ian,
    i write in response to your reply reguarding the traffic calming on
    Barnfeild avenue in Murdishaw.
    are we talking about the same speed bumps ? there are two types of bumps,
    firstly the square black ashfalt covered bumps, which i think are fine and
    adequatly control speed on the avenue, and secondly, the thin "brick
    patterned" bumps which span the entire road. this second type of bump, in my
    opinion, cannot be traversed at 20 mph with out causing ( after long term
    use) damage to vehicles. in any case, the speed limit on this road is 30 mph
    and the is no indication or signs stating that these bumps should be crossed
    at a speed which is lower than the limit for this road.
    if the test results you have, indicate that no damage or adverse affects to
    the vehicle occurs when traversed at a speed lower than 20 mph, then why fit
    them on a road where the limit is 30 mph ??? this would suggest that your
    tests prove that damage is being caused.
    the slower these bumps are crossed, the more violent the crossing seems.
    these bumps are not unreasonably high and i personally, have no issues with
    my particular car bottoming out or grounding on the ramps, but the gradient
    of the ramps is very severe and causes a great amount of discomfort whislt
    crossing, not to mention the long term damage to vehicles.
    The height you have on record for these bumps is 37mm high, but does their
    gradient and width comply with legislation ?
    also, as all cars are different and have different suspension set ups, how
    can the test be accurate.
    if you could advise me of the dimensions( height, width, gradient) of the
    speed bumps, i would be happy to approach my local volvo dealer and ask them
    why my four year old S60 has failing suspension parts and more
    importantly,ask them if the car is designed to cross annomillies in the road
    of this size and nature. after all, as a local resident i use tis evenue
    aproximaitly 4 times a day, crossing 5 of these offending bumps each time,
    amounting to 20 crossings per day, which is a potential 7'300 crossings per
    year, minimum.
    i would not obeject to any number of the first, square ahsphalt type of
    bump, but the other type is damaging to any car travalling at the speed
    limit. as your own conclusive tests indicate.

    thank you for your time on this matter.
    mat.







    Any advice is welcome as im sure this guy will respond in a negative way.......

    cheers for reading, i know it was long....sorry.

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    g'luck ive batted about some of the square ones down the road from me, which now prevents me taking my disabled mother out in the car. they dont want to know
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    Try the DfT website for the correct regulations:

    http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/group...ds_504796.hcsp

    The only thing with a lot of their guidance is that they use words like 'recommended' and 'suggested' so they sometimes have a get out clause.

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    that dft site is very good. thanks alot....
    ive still had no reply ???
    think i will prepare a new email, crammed full of aall of the regulations they havent bothered to adhear to....

    one thing though...... the dft say the "thumps" are not advised to be 50mm high or over due to seriuos discomfort to the driver..... the guy from the council says they are 37mm high..... im not so sure myself.... should i just take his word on that ? how could i measure the height of the center of a curved speed thump accurately ??? and without getting mowed down by a car or looked at like im a lower form than a trainspotter with ginger hair.

    if they are 37mm... then by regulation, there o.k.... but ill tell you what, they are viscious and the slower you traverse them, the worse they are........

    ill post if he responds...

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    Use Pythagoras? But you might get run over...

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    I agree road humps are killing are suspensions when i had my PEUGEOT i was always paying money out for my suspension well spose they use cheaper parts than Audi etc.

    And does it really stop the idiots no it dose not eg: Joyriders do they care? People with cars that they don,t care about and most importantly it causes more problems with mini moto's as they use them as ramps to take off.

    Plus how many people do you see speed up between them and then slam the brakes on???

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    Quote Originally Posted by missviper
    Plus how many people do you see speed up between them and then slam the brakes on???
    Yes but shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The government are already realising this; and what is their response? Put up SPECS cameras on mass (booo hisss).

    Regards,

    Rob.

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    good point factionone

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    No choice at all IMHO

    I'd much rather have to deal with a speed camera than get my suspension mangled by those fekin bumps.......
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