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Bollard drivers may end up in courtMOTORISTS who crash into Manchester’s controversial rising bollards could face court action under a council crackdown. Two more cars collided with the bollards on Cross Street last week, the latest in a string of vehicles which have been damaged by the barriers.10:51, 3 AUG 2009Updated08:45, 18 JAN 2013CONTROVERSIAL Rising bollards
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MOTORISTS who crash into Manchester’s controversial rising bollards could face court action under a council crackdown.
Two more cars collided with the bollards on Cross Street last week, the latest in a string of vehicles which have been damaged by the barriers.
But city centre spokesman Pat Karney insisted the rising metal poles will stay in place and said Manchester city council planned to prosecute those who crash into them.
Mr Karney also blasted the “silly and selfish” motorists who have crashed into the bollards.
The bollards are designed to allow buses and emergency vehicles through by activating a sensor but they rise again immediately after the vehicle has passed blocking the way for any cars which are tailgating.
Mr Karney told the MEN: “We’ve got flashing warnings signs, we have loud audio warnings, and signs clearly saying no tailgating. What part of these warnings to these silly selfish motorists not get?”
He went on: “We are going to be chasing these drivers to make sure they pay for any damage for the bollards, and we are checking to see if we can prosecute under the Road Traffic Act.”The whole point of the bollards in the city centre is to maximise pedestrian safety on a small stretch of roadway, and we have been successful in making sure there have been no serious incidents involving people on foot.
“There seems to have been some suggestion that the council is reviewing the idea of bollards, but that is not the case. They are definitely going to stay.”
Last week the MEN reported how the front of a Citroen Xsara Picasso people carrier was extensively damaged when the vehicle hit the metal columns outside Boots on Cross Street, and it could even be an insurance write off.
A Mercedes CLS class 320 CDI also suffered huge damage when it hit a bollard near Albert Square.
A number of cars plus a bus and even a fire engine have been damaged in the past when bollards rose in front of them. They were installed three years ago, and should fall automatically when approached by Metroshuttle buses and emergency vehicles which are fitted with special sensors.
The engine which has a hydraulic platform, and was one of just six in the county, was off the road for two weeks undergoing repairs.
One fire engine had already passed over the bollards moments before the crash, but the bollards rose as the second machine was about to pass. A subsequent investigation cleared the driver of any blame.