Concertina Door Notice

I WAS CONFUSED BY A NOTICE IN GLASGOW.

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I thought it stated: 2HUACS — but what could that mean? If I had been coming form the opposite direction, it would have read, 4ORCES.

Only when you are facing directly in front of the door is it possible to read the actual message: 24 HOUR ACCESS (by which time, it would probably be too late).

Thing are getting worse when everyday life is made more difficult by the addition of cryptic conundrums in street signs.

No Parking Reason

[picture of strange no parking sign]THE SIGN IS PLAIN; IT STATES “NO PARKING” AND “24 HOUR ACCESS”.

The sign uses a nice clear font, black lettering on white, and a good size too — able to be read from the car — no need to park and get out to read this sign!

It contains all the relevant information — no threats of clamping, towing away or a fine.  It is quite to the point and succinct — until you spot the tiny yellow warning triangle at the top right corner.

Know, you do have to park, get out and go up to see what this is about.

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How bizarre is that?  The warning triangle has a drawing of a running child, a trike and a ball along with a garage door that seems to be opening and closing at the same time.

As far as I am aware, this is not in the “Highway Code”, so someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to think up this sign and use it in this strange manner.

It may be that the sign maker had a sudden panic; what if non-English speakers wanted to park their car, the sign would not be understood!  This warning triangle seems like an after-thought. It is not a proper size to be seen from a short distance!

Oddly, there is a no-parking sign in the “Highway Code”, which begs the question — why didn’t they just use that instead?

Clearly, they wanted to provide reasons, using illustration.  However, this child and his toys do not really explain the requirement for 24 hour access!

Things are getting worse when we invent road signs that cannot be easily seen nor understood.

Strictly

[picture of strictly no parking sign]WE ALL KNOW HOW POPULAR STRICTLY BALLROOM WAS.

We also know how popular has been Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC.

Perhaps there has been some influence on the No Parking sign?

Yes, things are getting worse when a simply no parking sign has to refer to a media phenomenon for impact!

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