e Borders -the imposition on yachtsmen

E-Borders is going to require sailing yachts coming in from the near continent to advise HM e-borders, by email only, of their port of arrival, ETA, Number of persons on board, their passport numbers. Any change must be advised as soon as possible. I presume this is to alert E-Borders cutters of potential smuggling or carrying illegal immigrants.

Which self respecting smuggler is going to comply? 

 

Hope someone is actually reading this stuff.

 

C. L Daly

Why is this idea important?

E-Borders is going to require sailing yachts coming in from the near continent to advise HM e-borders, by email only, of their port of arrival, ETA, Number of persons on board, their passport numbers. Any change must be advised as soon as possible. I presume this is to alert E-Borders cutters of potential smuggling or carrying illegal immigrants.

Which self respecting smuggler is going to comply? 

 

Hope someone is actually reading this stuff.

 

C. L Daly

Repeal the part of the Road Traffic Act 1988 on closed road for special events

Throughout Europe (and also in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man), ‘closed road’ events bring great benefit to the local communities in terms of tourism, economic prosperity and sporting kudos. The UK is at a disadvantage and is not able to reap these benefits because s.12(1), of the Road Traffic Act 1988, makes it an offence for a person to promote or take part in a race or trial of speed between motor vehicles on a public way. Though it is understandable that this legislation is directed at preventing dangerous and unregulated races and speed trials, properly monitored events can be both safe and enjoyable.  Instead of abolishing the legislation completely the new UK government could provide a mechanism to deliver a Temporary Suspension Order (in association with local authorities) that would enable a limited annual number of ‘closed road’ events to take place in England, Wales and Scotland, with the associated benefits for the regions selected. Previous studies undertaken on behalf of the Jim Clark Rally, put the figure for that one event in excess of £3m – this leads the MSA to estimate that closed road rallying for a limited number of approximately 20 events a year, could deliver substantial benefit to local areas, particularly in the low season, of between £20m and £60m a year

Why is this idea important?

Throughout Europe (and also in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man), ‘closed road’ events bring great benefit to the local communities in terms of tourism, economic prosperity and sporting kudos. The UK is at a disadvantage and is not able to reap these benefits because s.12(1), of the Road Traffic Act 1988, makes it an offence for a person to promote or take part in a race or trial of speed between motor vehicles on a public way. Though it is understandable that this legislation is directed at preventing dangerous and unregulated races and speed trials, properly monitored events can be both safe and enjoyable.  Instead of abolishing the legislation completely the new UK government could provide a mechanism to deliver a Temporary Suspension Order (in association with local authorities) that would enable a limited annual number of ‘closed road’ events to take place in England, Wales and Scotland, with the associated benefits for the regions selected. Previous studies undertaken on behalf of the Jim Clark Rally, put the figure for that one event in excess of £3m – this leads the MSA to estimate that closed road rallying for a limited number of approximately 20 events a year, could deliver substantial benefit to local areas, particularly in the low season, of between £20m and £60m a year

Agency Workers Directive

The proposed implementation of the European directive relating to agency workers will be implemented in 2011. The directive will close the door to employment opportunity for many of the most vunerable people in our communities, the young, the old and those with caring responsibilities. Temporary/contract opportunities often provide a gateway to employment for people, offering the chance to build experience, confidence and to bridge the gap to full time employment.

Although the core aims of comparable pay and conditions for contracted workers are positive, implementation in the current economic/employment cycle will result in large numbers of medium and long term opportunities being lost and significant numbers of contracted workers facing unemployment.

Why is this idea important?

The proposed implementation of the European directive relating to agency workers will be implemented in 2011. The directive will close the door to employment opportunity for many of the most vunerable people in our communities, the young, the old and those with caring responsibilities. Temporary/contract opportunities often provide a gateway to employment for people, offering the chance to build experience, confidence and to bridge the gap to full time employment.

Although the core aims of comparable pay and conditions for contracted workers are positive, implementation in the current economic/employment cycle will result in large numbers of medium and long term opportunities being lost and significant numbers of contracted workers facing unemployment.