11,000 M42 speeders let-off

A sign error on M42 motorway may mean 11,000 speeders will be let-off. The Crown Prosecution Service said the signs showed mph numbers taller and narrower than they should have been.

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Sign error may see speeding convictions overturned

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned because of the font used on some variable speed limit signs may not have complied with traffic regulations.

Thousands of motorists could have their motorway speeding convictions overturned. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The numbers displayed on some variable speed limit signs on the M42 were taller and narrower than the regulations, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

At least 11,000 fixed penalties were issued to motorists breaking the variable speed limit between junctions 7 and 9 of the M42 last year, according to the BBC.

Highways Agency responds to 'unclear' M42 speed limit signs

The Highways Agency has released a statement following the Crown Prosecution Service accusing it of displaying unclear speed limits on the M42, which could see thousands of motorists let-off for speeding convictions.

We have resolved an issue relating to the font used on speeds signs on our motorways. The signs were always entirely legible and the mandatory speed limit clear. Following queries that suggested that this may not have been, we clarified the issue in November 2012.

– The Highways Agency

The signs, which were located on the motorway west of Coventry, showed the speed limit 'taller and narrower that they should have been', said Crown Prosecution Services.

More than 11,000 motorists may now receive their money back.

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Thousands of M42 speeders may receive their money back

Thousands of motorists who received speeding convictions on the M42, may be let-off after signs displayed by the Highways Agency were not compatible.

The signs, which were located on the motorway west of Coventry, showed the speed limit 'taller and narrower that they should have been', said Crown Prosecution Services.

More than 11,000 motorists were convicted between J9 and J7 on the M42 last year.

Despite the Crown Prosecution Services' allegation, the Highways Agency said it believes that the signs were the right size and were clearly visible to motorists.