The TOI reporter called me over the weekend asking for a quote on the problems with signage and road signs in Bangalore. I was trying to summarize the problem in one word & while I wasnt paraphrased properly here, the word was "Untrustworthy". Why? because I believe the real problems with signboards/signages/direction boards/road markings and all kinds of information on the roads are not its existance sporadically but rather that we cant rely on them hence we tend to do without them.
How many times have you found a hump but no board and a board but with no hump? How many times have you relied on a lane and found that it ended abruptly at a junction or just in front of you with no warning leaving you to scramble and merge hurriedly causing a jam? How intutive is the no parking sign for people who cant tell a feet from a meter without a tape? If you are from out of station or in a new locality how are you supposed to know how fast to go on a road? If you answer width be prepared to slam into a divider when it curves really sharply without information. How many times have you found direction boards mention the place you want to go to at one junction but suddenly find the new locality names at the next signal?
Its not that standards for lane marking and signages dont exist in IRC its that they are just unreliably implemented. If we have to make information on the roads reliable we just have to fix the "trustworthiness" which will lead to structured behaviour on the roads. We then dont have to have citizens make up their own lanes, parking places etc
How to fix the unreliableness?