(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says his agency's regulations on street signs "make no sense." The reversal comes after an ABC News story found that regulations forced all cities and towns to buy new street signs.
"I believe that this regulation makes no sense. It does not properly take into account the high costs that local governments would have to bear. States, cities, and towns should not be required to spend money that they don't have to replace perfectly good traffic signs," said LaHood in a statement released Tuesday.
Now, U.S. Department of Transportation officials are asking for the public's input after considering the costs behind the changes.
Earlier, the Federal Highway Administration defended the changes as an effort to improve safety. The new regulations, which were written under the Bush Administration, are designed to make sure that signs are easier to read for an aging population.
"If you can't read it, you can't see it or you can't comprehend it, it could be a distraction to you," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez earlier this week. "You could be in an accident, negative consequences could occur."
On Monday, the Federal Highway Administration announced on a new 45-day period of public comment on the rules and deadlines.
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