Vehicle activated signs (VAS)
Vehicle activated signs (VAS) are electric signs which display a message or speed when triggered by vehicles travelling at excessive speeds. The signs can display the speed limit or they can warn drivers of an approaching hazard. They are intended to supplement rather than replace the traditional signs and line and are aimed at addressing specific road safety problems.
A vehicle activated sign should be used strategically where they will have the maximum effect. To introduce them on a widespread basis as simply ‘another traffic sign’ would cause drivers to become used to them and their effect would diminish.
The cost of a vehicle activated signs is dependent upon its size and the local availability of the electricity supply. A general cost would be £10,000 – £15,000.
Mobile Vehicle activated signs are becoming more popular as Parish/Town councils or community groups can move them around the village, costs are significantly less than permanent vehicle activated signs.
All costs stated are for guidance only.
Figures provided are estimates and are reviewed annually, with all costs subject to a site survey assessment.
For further guidance see the Department for Transport: Local Transport Note on Traffic calming