West End pedestrian accident claims set to rise as 3,000 Westminster parking bay sensors are installed

Bay sensor

West End residents and shoppers will need to be extra careful when stepping off the kerb to cross the road when 3,000 parking pay sensors are installed in the road over the next few months as part of a plan to increase the Council’s profit from parking income by over £500,000 a year. According to a Westminster Council report;

“Trip hazards caused by ground sensors could potentially lead to claims against the Council. The specification for the sensors will set out the minimum acceptable profile above the road surface, and will stipulate that road mounted sensors should be as flush as possible with the carriageway. Sensors will sit outside of the footway, within 1 metre of the kerb. In this way it is hoped that claims will be kept to a minimum.”

In response to questions about pedestrian safety, the Council says;

“The contract specification for the sensors will stipulate that road mounted sensors should be as flush as possible with the surface. For any bidder that proposes a sensor that isn’t surface flush, the maximum permitted carriageway protrusion will be 20mm, and sensors will need to be contoured. Also, sensors that are not surface flush will need to sit at least 1 metre away from the kerb-line.”

However, Government highways regulations say that the maximum height of a road stud should be 6mm.

Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;

“The 3,000 West End parking bay sensors will be a potential hazard for pedestrians and the Council is already expecting accident compensation claims to increase. It seems that nothing, even pedestrian safety, can get in the way of Westminster’s money-making schemes”

For a copy of Council report see

http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/committee/index.cfm?c_docs=Cabinet Member Decisions/Business/2013-2014/05 – Bay Sensor Procurement Strategy

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