Request for approval backfires
Thanks to Maurice for a link to a report in SIC Noticias. It reports that Madeira has a road sign which is unique in the country, and has asked for help from the National Road Safety Authority for a national outreach campaign to publicize it. The answer, however, was not what they expected.
The road sign in question establishes speed limits according to the state of the road on Madeira’s “Rapida” expressway. The signage came into force in late 2018, is unique in the country and is based on a French model.
Road sign explained
The new sign has the relevant road indication (such as “VR1” for regional road 1), followed by a sun and “+10 km / h”. Below is a rain cloud and the signal to comply with the maximum speed established for the location concerned (“VMax”). The second signal created indicates the end of the area in which the first signal is in effect.
The Regional Government of Madeira asked the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) for help with a publicity campaign, but the response was not positive. SIC reports that the ANSR refused to promote the sign, alleging its unconstitutionality, and ordered its withdrawal.
Back in Madeira, the Regional Secretary for Equipment and Infrastructure, Pedro Fino, said: “the signal stays”. “There is only one entity in the country that can confirm this legality, and it is the Constitutional Court”.