Hundreds of motorists seeking to appeal speed limit fine after it emerged 50mph sign in a strict 40mph TfL zone was fake – with police investigating how sign was erected

Hundreds of motorists are seeking to appeal speeding fines after it emerged an ‘unauthorised’ 50mph sign was erected in a strict 40mph zone.

The speed sign on the A20 in Sidcup, south-east London, showed motorists could drive up to 50mph, but the actual speed limit was set at 40mph.

The inaccurate sign has left motorists dumbfounded after they found themselves slapped with speeding fines and points off their licences, unaware that the sign was fake and that they were driving over the speed limit.

The sign, on the east side of the road, between Crittals Corner, in Sidcup, and the Swanley interchange, has since been replaced with the correct speed limit, according to TfL.

Drivers blamed conflicting signs, with at least one 50mph still on January 24.

The incorrect sign, which was located on the way to Swanley bypass BP garage, is believed to have been installed by a third party.

The Met Police confirmed it was investigating it as an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

Eleven MPs and one GLA slammed TfL for its ‘poor’ communication of the temporary speed limit change, as most people heard about the changes through email inquiries and freedom of information requests, according to News Shopper.

The MPs standing up for their constituents include Louie French MP, Sir Bob Neill MP, Kelly Tolhurst MP, Sir David Evennett MP, Laura Trott MP and Gareth Johnson MP.

A letter sent to Sadiq Khan and the Transport Commissioner for London on January 31, highlighting the issue, said: ‘We are writing to you today as a collective group of elected representatives to express our serious concerns about the ‘temporary’ to raise measures. London (TfL) has launched on the A20 Eastbound near Sidcup.

Driver Serena Brooks is one of the motorists planning to take action against TfL over the wrong number plates

Driver Serena Brooks is one of the motorists planning to take action against TfL over the wrong number plates

The speed sign on the A20 in Sidcup, south-east London, showed motorists could drive up to 50mph, but the actual speed limit was set at 40mph.

The speed sign on the A20 in Sidcup, south-east London, showed motorists could drive up to 50mph, but the actual speed limit was set at 40mph.

‘In recent weeks these MPs have been contacted by many drivers across London and the South East who have been issued speeding tickets but were unaware of the reduction in the speed limit from 70mph and 50mph to 40mph on this stretch of the A20.

‘The majority of drivers stated that they had been fined for traveling at speeds below 50mph, with many concerned that they could now lose their freedom to drive and in some cases their jobs due to multiple fines and points which quickly add up. be issued consecutively.

“Your communication of this ‘temporary’ change has been poor, with a combination of email inquiries and freedom of information requests being the main way the public has been informed of this change.”

This is because Transport For London, which runs the capital’s transport on behalf of the mayor, mr. Khan, management, last year lowered speed limits to 20mph on 40 miles of roads, bringing most roads into the speed reduction scheme, which TfL says is saving. lives.

Many Londoners have been critical of the new go-slow, calling the scheme a ‘war on motorists’.

The sign, on the east side of the road, between Crittals Corner, in Sidcup, and the Swanley interchange has since been replaced with the correct speed limit

The sign, on the east side of the road, between Crittals Corner, in Sidcup, and the Swanley interchange has since been replaced with the correct speed limit

The incorrect sign, which was located on the way to Swanley bypass BP garage, is believed to have been installed by a third party

The incorrect sign, which was located on the way to Swanley bypass BP garage, is believed to have been installed by a third party

A TfL spokesman said: ‘Our Vision Zero target is designed to eliminate deaths and serious injuries, with speed still a factor in almost half of fatal collisions in London.

‘If a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle at 20 km/h, the chance that they will be killed is five times less than if they are hit at 30 km/h.

“Any money raised from fines goes directly to central government, while any revenue from speed awareness courses goes to cover the costs of speed enforcement in London.”

A TfL spokesman said: ‘Safety is our number one priority and we have temporarily introduced a 40mph speed limit on the A20 Sidcup road due to ongoing surface water flooding which has caused a number of safety issues and serious risks to road users.

‘The reduced speed limit was introduced in response to that risk. Major work is needed to introduce permanent measures to tackle flooding here and we are working to do this as soon as possible. We plan to start construction on these measures in May.

‘TfL wants to ensure that all drivers are treated fairly and speed limit signs are installed to reflect the new limit.

‘TfL checked the signage at this location and found that an incorrect 50mph sign had recently been placed at this location by an unauthorized third party. These have been replaced with the correct 40mph signs and TfL are investigating how the incorrect sign was installed.’