It’s a hotch-potch of numbers and letters that won’t mean much to the average man or woman in the street.
But for six staff at Leeds City Council, BS EN12899-1:2007 shows they’re heading in the right direction.
It is the reference code of a new European quality standard for traffic signs introduced last month.
The team at the council’s sign production unit in Seacroft is one of the first of its type in the UK to be awarded the standard for its work.
And that means the unit’s signs will now bear a CE mark sticker to show they meet safety and other requirements. Operations manager Martin Race said: “It was a tough challenge to achieve the new standard but the team worked exceptionally hard to show their knowledge and skills and we are all very proud of being awarded the accreditation.”
The Seacroft unit provides permanent traffic signs for the council in Leeds as well as local authorities in Bradford and Calderdale. It also produces signs for use in parks, public buildings and other sites.
Steven Wray, a commercial signage engineer at the unit, said: “We do the complete package, from the initial inquiry to design and manufacture and eventual installation.
“The only problem is, when you’re out and about, you can’t help but take notice of every sign you see. It’s like your back garden – you always notice a job that needs doing!”
* The exact meaning of the words signified by ‘C’ and ‘E’ in the CE mark sticker have been disputed. They are often regarded, however, as an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, meaning ‘European Conformity’.
NOT all sign-makers are as careful about their work as the team at Seacroft.
A notice at a marina in Eastbourne included spelling errors such as ‘helathy’ and ‘predimoninantly’ – and even managed to refer to the RSPB charity as the RSBP.
Workmen in Smethwick in the West Midlands, meanwhile, were left red-faced when they realised they had painted ‘No Entrt’ on a one-way street. Nor is it just a British problem – a sign for a school in Manhattan was once misspelt as ‘shcool’.