The smiley and sad faces of SID, the Speed Indicator Device operated by volunteers in Uckfield is to disappear from our streets over the next year.
A meeting of the town council’s environment and leisure committee decided last week to keep SID in store rather than have the machine repaired.
SID was bought in 2003 because of concern about speeding motorists.
Volunteers used to take the device to approved sites and set it to the appropriate speed limit. As vehicles went past a ‘smiley’ or ‘sad’ face was shown as well as the speed at which the motorist was travelling.
A report to councillors said: “It could be argued that SID only has a small impact on the speeding motorist. The motorist will slow down, in the majority of cases, if they see the speed at which they are travelling.
“It has however been proven that the majority of people speeding are in fact residents and it was residents who originally expressed concern about speeding being an issue on the town’s roads.”
Councillors were told it was likely to cost about £225 plus parts, carriage and VAT to repair SID but several members suggested the machine might have had its day and it was agreed to keep it in store for a year.