"We really mean it this time"
The advanced stop zone, or ASZ, was introduced as a means to accommodate the natural filtering behaviour of cyclists at traffic lights and to place the more vulnerable road users in prominent and visible position.
However, with the majority of motorists ignoring the law requiring them to stop before the ASZ when the light is red, or simply being unaware and incapable of decyphering the cryptic semiotics of a large painted bicycle on the road, and with police officers being just as clueless or unmotivated regarding the enforcement of the law, the Department for Transport (DfT) have announced an amendment to their traffic signs manual which introduces an extra zone beyond the green ASZ to give cyclists space to move into when the zone is occupied by cars. This zone will be named the traffic overflow stop zone, or TOSZ (pronounced “tosh”), and will be coloured amber.
PC Graham Gilbert of West Mercia Constabulary gave us this comment.
“This is a fantastic new development in our ongoing efforts to facilitate the ever-increasing cycling demographic in Britain. The amber colouration signifies we are moving 'one step up' from the green boxes, and also leaves room for red boxes in the future when cars start ignoring the amber ones too”.
CTC president Jon Snow was unavailable for comment, reportedly having been admitted for treatment for a breakdown he suffered upon hearing this news.