The Department for Transport produces Traffic Advisory Leaflets for road planners to ensure that the road traffic system operates in the same safe way throughout the country.
TAL 4/97, dated March 1997, deals with Rising Bollards as installed by Slough Council in the High Street near the Library; a copy may be downloaded from the Department website by searching for "tal 4/97".
Under Safety Considerations it says:-
Judging by the number of car incidents Slough Council have failed to implement this requirement.
Also under Safety Considerations, leaflet TAL 4/97 states:
As this part of the High Street is a natural crossing point, the danger of this is very real, especially for someone unfamiliar with the area pushing a wheelchair just after a bus has passed. For safety, perhaps this part of the pavement should be fenced to prevent pedestrian access, and an alternative route provided for pedestrians.
Slough Council have failed to implement the Rising Bollards in the approved way, thus failing in their duty of care to the citizens of Slough.
Someone will get badly hurt one day because of this. The surrounding area must be monitored for movement and presence before allowing the bollards to rise, not merely rely on sub-ground sensors that can detect only the absence of metal.
The damage to vehicles is also excessive punishment for a Road Traffic violation with repair costs to damaged vehicles far outstripping the maximum fines laid down for such offences. When the risk of injury is also considered, this might even be deemed cruel and unusual punishment for a relatively minor traffic violation, especially in view of the borough's failure to adhere to the Department for Transport's guidance.
19 accidents figure mentioned in Slough Express, 4 February 2011, page 8.