Should we get rid of loads of traffic lights?
Well, according to one think-tank, what we need to do is get rid of 80% of all traffic lights... and no, it wouldn't be dangerous, they reckon. Of course, the roads would be unjammed too, which drivers would enjoy, no doubt.
The Institute for Economic Affairs wrote a report which stated that the 40% rise in traffic lights in 20 years "made life a misery", so they've suggested shared spaces that have no lights... or railings... or bollards. Now, this hasn't been plucked out of thin air - a town in Germany and a town in Holland have done this, and a trial Portishead kicked out the jams.
Of course, this whole idea hinges on drivers respecting each other, or people trusting people not to take liberties on the road and spoil it for everyone.
Either way, Dr Richard Wellings, head of transport at the IEA, thinks this is all a marvellous idea. He said: "For too long policymakers have failed to make a cost-benefit analysis of a range of regulations – including traffic lights, speed cameras and bus lanes – making life a misery from drivers nationwide."
"It’s quite clear that traffic management has spread far beyond the locations where it might be justified, to the detriment of the economy, environment and road safety."
"The evidence of shared space schemes shows the transformational benefits of less regulated approach, whilst the removal of a high proportion of traffic lights would deliver substantial economic and social benefits."