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  1. Chewie

    Our remit...

    Don your white cap, wind your window down an inch, stroke your beard (they're pretty much compulsory on traffic, aren't they?), and tut disapprovingly as you post your RPU related question and comments... 
  2. jviney

    Seizure of foreign vehicles

    I notice CMPG has been quite active recently seizing foreign registered vehicles which should be registered here. I understand most seizures have been on behalf of DVLA for no VED. My question is how are they doing this? How do they prove the vehicle has been in the country too long? Or is it a simple case of person A driving round in foreign vehicle but being obviously resident here (electoral roll, has permanent accommodation etc)? There are loads of foreign vehicles knocking around here, I'd be interested in what I could do about them.
  3. I have seen in other threads with regards to use of display of amber lights: (i)a road clearance vehicle; (ii)a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of collecting refuse; (iii)a breakdown vehicle; (iv)a vehicle having a maximum speed not exceeding 25 mph or any trailer drawn by such a vehicle; (v)a vehicle having an overall width (including any load) exceeding 2.9 m; (vi)a vehicle used for the purposes of testing, maintaining, improving, cleansing or watering roads or for any purpose incidental to any such use; (vii)a vehicle used for the purpose of inspecting, cleansing, maintaining, adjusting, renewing or installing any apparatus which is in, on, under or over a road, or for any purpose incidental to any such use; (viii)a vehicle used for or in connection with any purpose for which it is authorised to be used on roads by an order under section 44 of the Act; (ix)a vehicle used for escort purposes when travelling at a speed not exceeding 25 mph; (x)a vehicle used by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the purpose of testing fuels; (xi)a vehicle used for the purpose of surveying; (xii)a vehicle used for the removal or immobilisation of vehicles in exercise of a statutory power or duty; My question is, I saw a National Grid marked car in my local city centre today exiting a customer car park with yellow lights flashing away whilst trying to leave the park entrance (which is then hard to get into the main line of traffic) to the main road. Looking at the above criteria I would assume that section (vii) would apply as electricity cables very often go over roads. When are they actually permitted to use them? They could have been off to or just left an important incident or work related duty but it makes me wonder if they were just used to gain easier access to the road against the traffic, since in my opinion they exited quite fast (but then again could have been a friendly driver from the main road allowing in - There are some! ). Any comments on this?
  4. Chief Rat

    Specials and Specialisms

    Here's one for you folks... How many Special Constables does it take to change a lightbulb.... Eh hang on wrong question With all of the austerity cuts that affect the servuce at the moment many departments have been reduced in size. I know our Roads Policing Unit has sustained a number of cuts with staff who have either retired , not replaced or alternatively moved back to district policing. To some degree not completely their places have been back filled by the use of Special Constables which in the case if my force is a new move towards further integration of regs and specials in specialised areas, where previously they were predominantly working within neighbourhood policing roles. Now ours haven't been given the authority to drive the RPU vehicles but in time this might change but it's early doors. I just wondered what it's like in other forces really. Does your force provide opportunities to specialise in RPU for instance and if so, what's your role like. Do you have greater freedom. What do you actually do or allowed to do. I'd be interested to know your thoughts. Thanks folks.
  5. Theruffellator

    What do you carry in an FPN Holder?

    This may sound like a bit of an obvious question and before anyone says FPN's.... [emoji23] Which traffic related tickets do you guys keep in your FPN holder/paperwork folder?
  6. Special Steve

    Powerful videos on Youtube

    I'm attaching a link for one of a series of videos that have been produced by an organisation called Learn2live and published on you tube. They take the form of vox-pops where traffic officers or members of victims families talk straight to the camera about real incidents they've been involved with. I don't know what the background is but I recommend them as a training tool, especially for young drivers. Here's the first which covers an officer talking drink driving: Here's the second which talks about a FLO and dealing with the family: finally here's the third that deals with a family's reaction: There are more but I haven't watched them yet. Steve (Edited for incorrect link)
  7. Hi all, I've got to go to court next week in relation to someone I reported for driving without insurance. He's pleaded guilty but is claiming special reasons why he shouldn't be given the relevant penalty points (he's subject to New Drivers Act 1995) - I've been called as a prosecution witness, does anyone know what sort of stuff I'll be asked? Thanks very much, F&V
  8. Meditate

    Risking a fine for blue lights

    It seems that if a motorist does the decent thing and pulls into a bus lane or creeps forward at a red light that the prospect of getting fined for letting an emergency vehicle through is high. So the alternative is to just sit there and let the vehicle behind with lights and horn blaring wait until you move. Talk about adding stress onto the driver being in a situation where you can't do right for doing wrong. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2840164/Fines-fears-stop-cars-letting-999-vehicles-past-Lives-risk-automated-enforcement-means-drivers-fined-diverting-bus-lane-edging-red-light.html
  9. I thought this was interesting... Apparently a motorists insurance premium is lightly to increase after a no fault collision at a higher rate than after a fault collision When inquiring about this, apparently statistics back up the insurance companies. A driver who is at fault in a collision is more lightly to improve driving, therefore less lightly to be involved in another collision. Whereas a driver who is not at fault can believe his driving is good and not in need of improvement, and more lightly to be involved in another collision.
  10. Chief Rat

    Driver less Vehicles

    Business secretary says computer controlled vehicles will be trialled in three cities, and public funding offered for research   The business secretary, Vince Cable, sits in a driverless car at the headquarters of the engineering firm Mira in the West Midlands.    Driverless cars will be manoeuvering themselves around British streets from next year, the business secretary said on Wednesday, as he unveiled a review into the laws that ban them from the country's roads.   Vince Cable said the computer controlled vehicles would be trialled in three cities from next year, adding that the government would make a £10m fund available for developing the technology in the UK.   He said: "Today's announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society."   It is illegal for cars to operate on UK roads without a driver in control. Semi-autonomous systems, including those available in cars such as the Volvo XC90, which control the speed of cars and keep them in lanes on motorways, require the driver to be fit and licensed to drive and have their hands on the steering wheel at all times to stay within the law. The Department for Transport will also begin a review of the laws governing road use, but the it could not provide a timescale for wider adoption beyond the saying that the report would be submitted to the government by the end of 2014.   David Bruce, the director of AA Cars, pointed out that cars were already becoming increasingly automated with the introduction of assistance systems to aid parking and keeping vehicles in lane and a safe distance from the car in front.   "However, there is a big leap of faith needed by drivers from embracing assistance systems to accepting the fully automated car. Two-thirds of AA members still enjoy driving too much to want a fully automated car," he said.   Google's driverless cars hit the headlines and the public consciousness in May, when the search giant announced a new design. The technology, however, is very much at the prototype stage, with sensors and equipment costing around £90,000 over and above the cost of the vehicle itself.   Consumer versions are likely to cost the same as a premium saloon or sports car initially, before they reach a more mass-market cost.   The UK has various groups already working on driverless car technology, including experts at the University of Oxford and the engineering firm Mira, which provides autonomous vehicle technology to the military and has been testing driverless cars on a 850-acre site in the Midlands.   http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/driverless-cars-british-roads-next-year-vince-cable   Who are the Police going to talk to when stopping a vehicle with no one inside them? ​Can you foresee a list of unforeseeable problems with this technology  Do you fail to see the point of having a vehicle on the road that is empty of humans  
  11. Government sets out new penalty regime which will hit law-breaking motorists and other criminals hard in the pocket   Motoring groups warned that the increases could lead to a 'chilling effect' on drivers who felt they had been wrongly accused Photo: PA   The maximum fine for speeding on the motorway is to be quadrupled to £10,000 as part of sweeping reforms to the penalties which can be imposed by magistrates, the Government has announced.   Other fines for breaking the limit on dual carriageways and other roads will also increase four-fold from £1,000 to £4,000, along with the maximum fine for using a mobile telephone at the wheel.   Motoring groups condemned the massive increases as “draconian” and warned they could deter innocent motorists from challenging speeding tickets in the court through fear that they could be hit with crippling penalties.   For the first time magistrates will also get the power to impose unlimited fines for more serious offences such as careless driving or driving without insurance. Jeremy Wright, the justice minister, said: “Financial penalties set at the right level can be an effective way of punishing criminals and deterring them from further offending. Related Articles   “Magistrates are the cornerstone of our justice system and these changes will provide them with greater powers to deal with the day-to-day offences that impact their local communities.”   But motoring groups questioned the sharp increases and warned that it could lead to a “chilling effect” on drivers who felt they had been wrongly accused. Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association, said: “For the vast majority of drivers the prospect of the existing £2,500 fine is a pretty good deterrent against excessive speeding on the motorway.   “We would not condone excessive speeding in any way but fines have to be proportionate to the offence and one has to question whether increasing the fines four-fold is proportionate, and it probably is not.   “If we had more cops in cars on the motorway that would be a much more effective deterrent.”   Rupert Lipton, director of the National Motorists Action Group, said the threat of being hit with a fine of up to £10,000 could stop motorists going to court to challenge unjust speeding tickets.   “This massive increase is disproportionate and draconian,” he said.   “I think it will have a serious chilling effect. We will find motorists will be deterred from going to court where they don’t believe they are guilty of an offence and there is a potential challenge.”   He added: “For general speeding allegations you’re allowed to take a fixed penalty, currently £60 and three penalty points on your licence, or agree to complete a speed awareness course.   “But if you wish to challenge it you can currently face six points and a £1,000 fine on non-motorway roads or £2,500 on the motorway.   “I think that is enough of a deterrent for people who are thinking about taking a chance and going to court, but raising it four-fold is clearly an over-reaction. “The threat and the fear of a disproportionate fine would deter many from trying to seek justice.”   Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “People who break the law should bear the consequences but this seems such a wholesale change to the system so you have to ask what was going so badly wrong before?   “Ironically we know that speeding offences have declined over recent years and just last week the Department for Transport confirmed that even after taking congestion out of the equation recorded traffic speeds have been dropping for a decade on most types of roads.”   New legislation for the higher fines has been laid in Parliament, and a Ministry of Justice spokesman said it would be the first change to the penalty structure since 1991. The government is collecting a record amount in fines, with £284 million taken in 2012-13.   The changes are part of a major overhaul of fining powers in the lower courts which will apply to all types of crimes as well as motoring offences.   The new fine structure will see fines for “level one” offences such as “unauthorised cycle racing on public ways” or being found drunk on a highway increase from £200 to £800, while people convicted of “level two” crimes such as riding a motorcycle without a crash helmet or being drunk in a football ground will see the maximum penalty rise from £500 to £2,000. Offences such as television licence evasion, selling of alcohol to a drunk person or being drunk and disorderly in a public place - known as “level three” offences - will rise from £1,000 to £4,000.   “Level four” crimes such as motorway speeding, taxi touting and using a vehicle in a dangerous condition will rise from £2,500 to £10,000.   In the highest category, “level five”, magistrates will be able to impose unlimited fines for the first time, mirroring the penalties that can already be imposed in the Crown court. The changes could come into force relatively quickly after they have been debated and approved by Parliament because legislation passed two years ago allows maximum fines in magistrates' courts to be extended.   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10887161/Maximum-motorway-speeding-fine-set-to-rocket-to-10000.html   Wonder how fast would a person be driving in order to receive a £10.000 fine?    Considering most of the M/way network has no Police I doubt this would deter anyone from continuing the way they drive now. NWMPG, CMPG that is about it.   
  12.   Force issues warning after pulling over semi-naked man who was romantically involved with woman whilst driving.   The Surrey Roads Policing Unit have issued some wise words of caution to motorists who feel they should engage in romantic moments while on the road.   The Twitter warning follows the report of a semi-naked driver who was stopped by officers after displaying a questionable approach to lane discipline.   The unnamed man in his 50's was stopped by the force after being caught on camera driving slowly and "weaving erratically".   When pulled over by the force, he was found to have been partially undressed with a female passenger to his left.   He was subsequently issued with a fixed penalty notice for faulty lights and given words of advice on driving safely.   Officers then issued the following warning on Twitter: "When driving, please don't attempt any 'sexual interaction'. It might be fun, but you'll both be red faced when we stop you for poor driving".       Not sure if it is any better doing it on your own     Mind you, you may find you get screwed twice, once by him/her second time by Police who will be happy to endorse licence  

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