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Repeal the law (Police Reform 2002) which permits the police to seize your vehicle (under section 59) without any evidence of wrongdoing and without any recourse to the courts

Comment 2nd July 2010

We have moved closer again to a police state. Very few of the motoring public will be aware that the police are now judge, jury and executioner and can seize your vehicle for unproven ‘inconsiderate driving’ without even having to present evidence and without any prior discussion with yourself.

The first you will know of this is when you get a knock on the door and the notice of ‘offence’ is issued. You are not even asked for your version and the ‘offence’ will not be explained to you so that you are not even made aware of the ‘wrongdoing’. You cannot dispute the offence and you cannot go to court for a review of evidence. Your vehicle is simply seized and sold or crushed

This legislation can be used by unscrupulous and biased police (and yes there are some – they are drawn from the same cesspool of humanity as the rest of us mortals) and even young and naive police in the mistaken belief that they are sufficiently mature and competent to apply this law and of course in the self serving delight of their own misconstrued  high ideals (honed by no years of experience) are providing a well needed ‘service’ to society .

If it is to be applied without any recourse to the courts and without the presentation of evidence and the opportunity to defend yourself then this law needs to be applied with a great deal of maturity, disgression, common sense and life experience. However it is being used (in accordance with the legislation) by Police Community Service officers as young as 18! Do they have the wisdom of years? Are they experienced even in police matters? How can they be – it takes time to achieve experience and associated life wisdom and understanding.  

Without the usual checks and balances this law is open to abuse and will bring the police force into disrepute and will alienate the ordinary law abiding citizens. In my opinion it was designed to catch the boy racers we have all witnessed. But like all laws which are well intended, without the benefit of  checks and balances this legislation can be used for other purposes eg personal reasons, settling scores related to other issues, misunderstanding of situations when only one side is heard (you will not be asked for your version)

The motorist has already been criminalised just for owning a car – it’s now gone one stage further whereby your car may be seized on the word of an unknown witness who may be carrying a grudge on an unrelated issue.  It permits  the ordinary law abiding citizen to be punished for no reason. This is not justice – it’s a police state and that is outrageous.

This country was once renowned for its democracy, justice and fair play – presumed innocent until proven guilty.  The police alone can now decide you are guilty! And no recourse to the courts.

This law does not fit into the democratic ideals on which this country was built and must be repealed before further damage is done to the innocent motorists being punished. Sadly, the police cannot be depended upon to use such legislation responsibly when It can be applied even by a young (18?) Police Community Service Officer (PCSO) with no experience of life and certainly no understanding of the police role in wider society. The police are here to ‘serve’ the needs of the public and not to pursue relentlessly law abiding and innocent motorists. If there is guilt (and in cases there may be) let it be proven in court.

God help us all with this legislation and the current batch of  indiscriminate. immature, youthful  jobsworth police happy to pursue a motorist on a perceived trivia but equally ready to avoid any element of danger to themselves by pursuing  rapists, yobs and violent criminals take over our streets.

Repeal this ‘unlawful’ legislation and bring back the common sense bobby of yesteryear that we can all respect     

Why does this matter?

This country was once renowned for its democracy, justice and fair play – you were presumed innocent until proven guilty.  The police alone can now decide you are guilty! And no recourse to the courts.

This law does not fit into the democratic ideals on which this country was built and must be repealed before further damage is done to the innocent motorists being punished. Sadly, the police cannot be depend upon to use such legislation responsibly when It can be applied even by a young (18?) Police Community Service Officer (PCSO) with no experience of life and certainly no understanding of the police role in wider society. The police are here to ‘serve’ the needs of the public and not to pursue relentlessly law abiding and innocent motorists. If there is guilt (and in cases there may be) let it be proven in court.

God help us all with this legislation and the current batch of  indiscriminate. immature, youthful  jobsworth police happy to pursue a motorist on a perceived trivia but equally ready to avoid any element of danger to themselves by pursuing  rapists, yobs and violent criminals taking over our streets.

Repeal this ‘unlawful’ legislation and bring back the common sense bobby of yesteryear that we can all respect     

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