Getting the hump on traffic

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REMOVING sleeping policemen is a typical example of blaming the wrong party ("Traffic humps fail noise test", 24 September). The problems you report of traffic noise, exhaust fumes and lorries being driven too fast are because of poor driving in built-up areas. The purpose of road humps is to slow down drivers and force them to be more considerate of their own vehicles and of others.

If as you report, council workers driving council vehicles are the main culprits, that is obvious grounds for serious disciplinary action by the council against the employees for damaging council property.

Questions also need to be asked whether the council is meeting its obligations under Health and Safety at Work legislation. It cannot be said that driving vehicles so that they crash across road humps is a safe working practice.

Clive Durdle

Ilford, Essex