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Over half of fleet operators say traffic lights should stay red for longer

The week-long survey, held earlier this month, followed a government announcement that it is reviewing crossing times across the country after concerns that pensioners and others find it difficult to cross roads before the lights change.

Kjell Anderton, a TrackCompare director, said: ‘With this poll there was an almost fifty-fifty split, which reflects the fact fleet operators are both drivers and pedestrians and can see things from both sides.

‘One told us “I think no, because it will cause more congestion, but I also think yes because sometimes I have to nearly run across the road, and I'm not a pensioner!”’

Typical of comments left in support of extra red-light time was: ‘Yes, I do think they should (stay on longer): even if you’re not elderly there's never enough time to cross.’ Comments against ranged from: ‘No, we should have a countdown system like they do in America, so that people can see how long they've actually got left to cross the road’ to ‘No way – they already stay on too long and hold me up!’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.