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ANOTHER VICTIM: Van’s back doors torn off by infamous Watford width restriction

 Published on: 24th February 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Yet another vehicle has been caught out by the notorious width restriction at Woodmere Avenue in Watford- this time with a van’s back doors being ripped off.

A new video recorded from nearby resident Tim Vigor’s ‘Ring’ doorbell shows the vehicle getting caught in the 7ft-wide road feature’s grip, causing what appears to be a side panelling to come off it’s side.

Undeterred, the van then accelerates through the bollards, causing the back doors to be torn away, thumping down onto the road.

A photo also sent to WATFORDnews by Mr Vigor shows that a crane was later required on the road to remove the detached doors.

This is just the latest in dozens of incidents at the width restriction, where numerous vehicles have been scratched, broken and even turned over by the infamous narrowing. The road’s flat kerb has caused multiple motorists to slam into the bollards.

The issue has even gone viral, with videos of the cars being damaged doing the rounds on social media, prompting even international reactions.

In a bid to remove the restriction, Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) has applied for the granting of new legal powers that would allow them to replace the road feature with speed cameras, continuing the intended job of preventing large vehicles using the narrow road as a shortcut to the nearby industrial estate.

Said powers have already been granted to various London boroughs, but even if HCC were afforded them, it would take a planning application, public consultation and the eventual installation of the cameras before things changed, meaning frustrated drivers could be waiting until 2023 before the restriction is removed.

However, a recent statement from the county council has implied that the removal could happen before the cameras get put in place, but only if members of the public voted for it.

Photo and Video Credit: Tim Vigor

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