SID no longer glowering at Uckfield speeders

SID will no longer give drivers a dour look when they are over the speed limit in Uckfield.

The town’s Speed Indication Device (SID) working group has been disbanded.

The decision was taken by town councillors after being told “not much progress” had been made in recent times.

One problem has been that the volunteer organiser resigned in 2019 and a replacement has not been found.

It has been suggested that “other measures” are explored to manage speeding traffic within Uckfield.

The mobile SID equipment will be returned to East Sussex Highways.

The device “smiled” at drivers who were within the speed limit but that turned to a “frown” for any over the limit.

Volunteers

Last June, this website reported that volunteers were needed to reinvigorate the speed watch campaign.

The SID could be moved to different approved locations but needed a group of volunteers to deploy the equipment at different times of the day.

Volunteers were trained and given safety advice before going on speed watch duties.

East Sussex County Council Highways loans the SID to operators but it has been rarely deployed in Uckfield in recent times because of a lack of volunteers.

Cllr Paul Sparks said at the time that SID worked well when there was enthusiastic co-ordinator and volunteers.

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