Modified ‘Loud’ Car exhusts

I believe there should be more restrictions and laws governing the use of modified car exhausts. We have many, many, laws governing noise nuisance by neighbour’s… sterio’s etc but we are now bombarded by loud car exhausts. They are attracting more and more attention now and the police are picking up on it too now. I believe the decibel rating is 82db but I don’t know if that is idling or running. The police are now stopping and checking the decibel rating and I would like this rolled out on a country wide scale.

I cannot understand the ethos behind these exhausts other than to attract attention to the driver of these vehicles. But those of us whom do enjoy our cars and our sleep of a night are annoyed by these ‘boy-racers’ whom create this anti-social noise. No one has come up with a suitable explanation as to why have them in the first place?? On a race track it’s fine but not on public roads. There should be legislation and a ban on them.

Why is this idea important?

I believe there should be more restrictions and laws governing the use of modified car exhausts. We have many, many, laws governing noise nuisance by neighbour’s… sterio’s etc but we are now bombarded by loud car exhausts. They are attracting more and more attention now and the police are picking up on it too now. I believe the decibel rating is 82db but I don’t know if that is idling or running. The police are now stopping and checking the decibel rating and I would like this rolled out on a country wide scale.

I cannot understand the ethos behind these exhausts other than to attract attention to the driver of these vehicles. But those of us whom do enjoy our cars and our sleep of a night are annoyed by these ‘boy-racers’ whom create this anti-social noise. No one has come up with a suitable explanation as to why have them in the first place?? On a race track it’s fine but not on public roads. There should be legislation and a ban on them.

The EU,taxing,insuring and mot-ing a vehicle in any country ?

Hello,As a long term Motorhomer/campervan user i have noticed maybe a loop hole or unworkable/unfair use of our individual countries motor taxes etc.

I'm not sure if i can explain properly,i hope you understand what i'm trying to convey,but for instance,we are ALL  EU citizens now,apparantly all abide by the same rules and regs,my country the UK ,has certain rules and regs regardings vehicles,stating we need an MOT every year,road TAX  for use of the roads and a valid INSURANCE,paid yearly and also valid for that time,as far as i'm aware,so do all the other EU countries…

So,my point is,if i am away from the UK,and my Insurance/MOTor Tax runs out,I am in fact breaking the law,not only in the UK (and i'm not there,maybe in Spain at the time) or the EU law.

Why cant EU road users be classed the same,and for their convenience be able to recieve and purchase these documents ,ANYWHERE in the EU,as an example,i overstayed a long holiday while travelling Europe,i had to stop said holiday when noticing documents about to expire ! thus a long rushed 2000 mile journey back to the UK,to get the out dated TAX,that i hadn't or wouldn't have used (as being out of the country for 6 months !) an MOT,where as ANY qualified mot station in the EU could have made sure my vehicle was safe (as thats what its for) and that INSURANCE be purchased in any insurance broker (online or in that particular EU country )  as for instance,a Bulgarian can get EU cover insurance with even added perks of a green card that allows him  a greater number of countries of cover,it also covers him for the UK !! but the same Bulgarian/Spanish/Italian would have the same problem as myself and have to travel the 1000/2000 miles back to their country of origin,to be lawfull again,which seems in this computer ,open borders EU countries,rather ludicrous.

Can anyone see my point  ? please make a comment,and any Govt official,please look into this,before someone takes it to a tribunal/law courts …from a EU road user,with rights ???

 

Why is this idea important?

Hello,As a long term Motorhomer/campervan user i have noticed maybe a loop hole or unworkable/unfair use of our individual countries motor taxes etc.

I'm not sure if i can explain properly,i hope you understand what i'm trying to convey,but for instance,we are ALL  EU citizens now,apparantly all abide by the same rules and regs,my country the UK ,has certain rules and regs regardings vehicles,stating we need an MOT every year,road TAX  for use of the roads and a valid INSURANCE,paid yearly and also valid for that time,as far as i'm aware,so do all the other EU countries…

So,my point is,if i am away from the UK,and my Insurance/MOTor Tax runs out,I am in fact breaking the law,not only in the UK (and i'm not there,maybe in Spain at the time) or the EU law.

Why cant EU road users be classed the same,and for their convenience be able to recieve and purchase these documents ,ANYWHERE in the EU,as an example,i overstayed a long holiday while travelling Europe,i had to stop said holiday when noticing documents about to expire ! thus a long rushed 2000 mile journey back to the UK,to get the out dated TAX,that i hadn't or wouldn't have used (as being out of the country for 6 months !) an MOT,where as ANY qualified mot station in the EU could have made sure my vehicle was safe (as thats what its for) and that INSURANCE be purchased in any insurance broker (online or in that particular EU country )  as for instance,a Bulgarian can get EU cover insurance with even added perks of a green card that allows him  a greater number of countries of cover,it also covers him for the UK !! but the same Bulgarian/Spanish/Italian would have the same problem as myself and have to travel the 1000/2000 miles back to their country of origin,to be lawfull again,which seems in this computer ,open borders EU countries,rather ludicrous.

Can anyone see my point  ? please make a comment,and any Govt official,please look into this,before someone takes it to a tribunal/law courts …from a EU road user,with rights ???

 

CLAMPING BAN OR REGULATE?

I have been involved in parking management since 1989.  I do not consider myself to be a cowboy or a rogue.  I am not a wealthy man and make a modest living from clamping and towing vehicles parked where they should not be.  I agree with much that has been written but I believe an outright ban on clamping and towing away is a mistake.  Landowner will loose the “freedom” to protect their own property from selfish unauthorised parking.  Gates and barriers are not always practical.  I manage a number of gated residential communities and although outsiders may not be able to get in, the sites suffer from inconsiderate and selfish parking by residents and their visitors.  Without any power to deter or punish this problem will certainly get worse should a ban be adopted?  As I see it the principal of using a financial penalty to deter or punish unauthorised is broadly accepted.  The two complaints most frequently voiced are exorbitant charges and inadequate warning signs.  I accept that this is sometimes the case.  Although a Conservative all of my life up until now I have to say that it was the last Labour government had the right idea. They introduced licensing so that people with a criminal record could not operate as clampers.  They were also about to introduce maximum charges for clamping, towing and storage of vehicles and regulations in respect of warning signs. Had these laws been introduced and more importantly enforced by the police I feel much of the criticism about clamping would have been answered  

Why is this idea important?

I have been involved in parking management since 1989.  I do not consider myself to be a cowboy or a rogue.  I am not a wealthy man and make a modest living from clamping and towing vehicles parked where they should not be.  I agree with much that has been written but I believe an outright ban on clamping and towing away is a mistake.  Landowner will loose the “freedom” to protect their own property from selfish unauthorised parking.  Gates and barriers are not always practical.  I manage a number of gated residential communities and although outsiders may not be able to get in, the sites suffer from inconsiderate and selfish parking by residents and their visitors.  Without any power to deter or punish this problem will certainly get worse should a ban be adopted?  As I see it the principal of using a financial penalty to deter or punish unauthorised is broadly accepted.  The two complaints most frequently voiced are exorbitant charges and inadequate warning signs.  I accept that this is sometimes the case.  Although a Conservative all of my life up until now I have to say that it was the last Labour government had the right idea. They introduced licensing so that people with a criminal record could not operate as clampers.  They were also about to introduce maximum charges for clamping, towing and storage of vehicles and regulations in respect of warning signs. Had these laws been introduced and more importantly enforced by the police I feel much of the criticism about clamping would have been answered  

Car numberplates use of fonts and spacings

Can the legislation be changed on the font styles and spacing allowed as legal on numberplates.

The criterior should be that size and clarity is the rule and that differnt fonts of the same size and material should belegal. Clearly if the font is not legible or offensive they should be not legal.

The police are keen to use show plates as a reason to stop cars even though the car has been verified as legal on their car data check.

However officers get a little hot under the collar when they see a personlised plate as they did with me and the 70 year old with the Range Rover who they attacked wih their battons and jumped on his bonnet. I suppose if I or this 70 year old were criminals the police would not come near us.

Why is this idea important?

Can the legislation be changed on the font styles and spacing allowed as legal on numberplates.

The criterior should be that size and clarity is the rule and that differnt fonts of the same size and material should belegal. Clearly if the font is not legible or offensive they should be not legal.

The police are keen to use show plates as a reason to stop cars even though the car has been verified as legal on their car data check.

However officers get a little hot under the collar when they see a personlised plate as they did with me and the 70 year old with the Range Rover who they attacked wih their battons and jumped on his bonnet. I suppose if I or this 70 year old were criminals the police would not come near us.

Freedom from Police Brutality

What has happened to this country?

We need to repeal the law that allows the police to behave like cowboys.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/06/police-pensioner-car-chase

Why is this idea important?

What has happened to this country?

We need to repeal the law that allows the police to behave like cowboys.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/aug/06/police-pensioner-car-chase

Introducing 3 wheeled transport for provisional licence holders

While on holiday in france i noticed the locals drive a 3 wheeled car or van on the road with out passing a test .

My idea is we adopt the same type of vehicle in the uk and have it restricted to 30mph and only allowed to operate on none dual carrage way or motorway roads.

The  current provisional motorcycle licence allows for this speed catagory and the CBT exam can be extended to cover this new form of transport so the aspect of safety will be addressed.

Why is this idea important?

While on holiday in france i noticed the locals drive a 3 wheeled car or van on the road with out passing a test .

My idea is we adopt the same type of vehicle in the uk and have it restricted to 30mph and only allowed to operate on none dual carrage way or motorway roads.

The  current provisional motorcycle licence allows for this speed catagory and the CBT exam can be extended to cover this new form of transport so the aspect of safety will be addressed.

Front window tinting

I suggest that the law banning the tinting of the front windows of cars to more than 30 % is repealed. I understand that the inky black tint found on most limosines is not requied at the front   but for the most part window tinting is used for security and crime prevention by stopping thieves see into the vehicle. It also prevents the build up of heat inside the vehicle on a short term basis so air con does not need to be used so aggressively to cool the car down. Also it is one less check that police officers need to carry special equipment for so cuts down red tape.

Why is this idea important?

I suggest that the law banning the tinting of the front windows of cars to more than 30 % is repealed. I understand that the inky black tint found on most limosines is not requied at the front   but for the most part window tinting is used for security and crime prevention by stopping thieves see into the vehicle. It also prevents the build up of heat inside the vehicle on a short term basis so air con does not need to be used so aggressively to cool the car down. Also it is one less check that police officers need to carry special equipment for so cuts down red tape.

Raise Motorway Speed Limit to 100MPH & Scrap 20 MPH Zones

I wish that laws were based on normal responsible people and not on the lowest common denominator of intelligence.

Speed limits should rise to 100 MPH on the motorway as contemporary vehicles are considerably better equipped to deal with breaking and avoidance of collision. Are we all really so inept and thoughtless that we cannot handle 100MPH? Of course not, it would mean that instead of ignoring the law, drivers would finally respect it.

Remove ALL 20MPH zones other than outside schools. Again, the inclusion of 20MPH zones is based solely on the lowest common denominator of driver. Everybody I know can stop just as easily at 30MPH because, wait for it, they use their heads while driving and keep an eye on the road ahead, like most people.

Why is this idea important?

I wish that laws were based on normal responsible people and not on the lowest common denominator of intelligence.

Speed limits should rise to 100 MPH on the motorway as contemporary vehicles are considerably better equipped to deal with breaking and avoidance of collision. Are we all really so inept and thoughtless that we cannot handle 100MPH? Of course not, it would mean that instead of ignoring the law, drivers would finally respect it.

Remove ALL 20MPH zones other than outside schools. Again, the inclusion of 20MPH zones is based solely on the lowest common denominator of driver. Everybody I know can stop just as easily at 30MPH because, wait for it, they use their heads while driving and keep an eye on the road ahead, like most people.

Create a new motoring offense of not driving in the left lane whenever possible eliminating hogging the middle and fast lane s

One things Europeans are good at is getting back into the inside lane after overtaking.  Unlike drivers in the UK who hog the middle and fast lanes, Europeans use the road space in the way it was intended.

Anyone driving on any motorway in the UK will witness people steadfastly holding their place in the middle lane come what may and never getting over.

If they did, we would probably need half the road widening schemes we have.  Check it out next time you are on a motorway.  We are terrible at it and we need to be fined to get it into our heads.

Why is this idea important?

One things Europeans are good at is getting back into the inside lane after overtaking.  Unlike drivers in the UK who hog the middle and fast lanes, Europeans use the road space in the way it was intended.

Anyone driving on any motorway in the UK will witness people steadfastly holding their place in the middle lane come what may and never getting over.

If they did, we would probably need half the road widening schemes we have.  Check it out next time you are on a motorway.  We are terrible at it and we need to be fined to get it into our heads.

Create a new motoring offense of not driving in the left lane whenever possible eliminating hogging the middle and fast lane s

One thing Europeans are good at is driving on the inside lane whenever possible.  In the UK, one can see drivers going miles and miles stuck in the middle or fast lanes and not getting over as they should.

If everyone did drive in the slow lane whenever possible, we would need half the new road widening schemes we have.

Why is this idea important?

One thing Europeans are good at is driving on the inside lane whenever possible.  In the UK, one can see drivers going miles and miles stuck in the middle or fast lanes and not getting over as they should.

If everyone did drive in the slow lane whenever possible, we would need half the new road widening schemes we have.

Make life easier for motor vechcles AND save money

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Repeal the Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio )

The Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio ) is ill thought out and typical of the Big Brother State of New Labour who sought to control every aspect of the UK citizens life. The switch to digital broadcasting is not necessary, the current frequency band allocations are well mapped and do not cause mutual interference within the UK.

Why is this idea important?

The Digital Economy Act (ending of FM and medium wave radio ) is ill thought out and typical of the Big Brother State of New Labour who sought to control every aspect of the UK citizens life. The switch to digital broadcasting is not necessary, the current frequency band allocations are well mapped and do not cause mutual interference within the UK.

Repeal of the residents parking tax

I would retore the right of residents in urban areas to park at least one vehicle in front of their home.

Since this pernicious tax was introduced by john prescott local authorities have been able to tax local residents for parking in front of their own homes this money is then hypothocated to subsidize non residents park and ride schemes for people who live in the country side or leafy suburbs and who do not pay any such tax. Repeal it now.

Why is this idea important?

I would retore the right of residents in urban areas to park at least one vehicle in front of their home.

Since this pernicious tax was introduced by john prescott local authorities have been able to tax local residents for parking in front of their own homes this money is then hypothocated to subsidize non residents park and ride schemes for people who live in the country side or leafy suburbs and who do not pay any such tax. Repeal it now.

Save business time and the environment – get rid of uneccessary one-way or bus only

The idea is simple, withdraw much of the so-called road improvements which means traffic has to travel much further than it did in the past. Road planners should not be full time in the one city, as they tinker around with changes roads to keep themselves occupied. There should be a central core of road planners, shared between towns and cities, so only urgent and worthwhile improvements are made.  Worwhile means, does it make it shorter to get from A to B. This will reduce local government costs, reduce tax spent, increase journy times, and considerably reduce the fuel spent going the long way to get to ones destination.

Why is this idea important?

The idea is simple, withdraw much of the so-called road improvements which means traffic has to travel much further than it did in the past. Road planners should not be full time in the one city, as they tinker around with changes roads to keep themselves occupied. There should be a central core of road planners, shared between towns and cities, so only urgent and worthwhile improvements are made.  Worwhile means, does it make it shorter to get from A to B. This will reduce local government costs, reduce tax spent, increase journy times, and considerably reduce the fuel spent going the long way to get to ones destination.

regulation of ANPR used bythe private sector

everybody should be looking at getting teh use of ANPR by the private sector such as car parking companies regulated as at the moment it seems that anybody can set themselves up as a parking compnay and use this data base to issue Parking notices and demand what ever they want in terms of payment without the need to be registered and without any form of regulation whihc in turn is giving this very useful crime pervention tool a very bad name.

Why is this idea important?

everybody should be looking at getting teh use of ANPR by the private sector such as car parking companies regulated as at the moment it seems that anybody can set themselves up as a parking compnay and use this data base to issue Parking notices and demand what ever they want in terms of payment without the need to be registered and without any form of regulation whihc in turn is giving this very useful crime pervention tool a very bad name.

Dismiss all suggestions of road charging

There is currently a call for road charging from some anonymous bunch of numbnuts who seem to be completely unaware of the law of unintended consequences.  They claim that this is the only answer to congestion, which it most certainly is not.  This is merely the ambition of the companies that would provide the technology and the ambitions of private companies that hope to run the scheme.

Why is this idea important?

There is currently a call for road charging from some anonymous bunch of numbnuts who seem to be completely unaware of the law of unintended consequences.  They claim that this is the only answer to congestion, which it most certainly is not.  This is merely the ambition of the companies that would provide the technology and the ambitions of private companies that hope to run the scheme.

Remove need for annual renewal or car house and other insurance

The annual renewal of eg car insurance involves the production and delivery of reminders, policies and certificates of insurance, ands time in actively "renewing" your contract annually, arranging payment etc, and has rather  serious consequences eg for motor if you forget.

Why is this idea important?

The annual renewal of eg car insurance involves the production and delivery of reminders, policies and certificates of insurance, ands time in actively "renewing" your contract annually, arranging payment etc, and has rather  serious consequences eg for motor if you forget.

Car number plates

I just wish we could have white plates on the rear of our cars as well as the front. Yellow clashes with so many nice colours.

I hate yellow with a passion and can't see any reason why we have to put up with yellow plates. The Germans and French don't, why should we?

Allowing us to have white plates front & rear on our cars wouldn't cost us anything unless we wanted to change.  It could be a freedom of choice thing.

I believe this falls into the category of civil liberties as I am not allowed to do this now yet it wouldn't cause any problems if I did.

I do hope you will allow this simple change.

Why is this idea important?

I just wish we could have white plates on the rear of our cars as well as the front. Yellow clashes with so many nice colours.

I hate yellow with a passion and can't see any reason why we have to put up with yellow plates. The Germans and French don't, why should we?

Allowing us to have white plates front & rear on our cars wouldn't cost us anything unless we wanted to change.  It could be a freedom of choice thing.

I believe this falls into the category of civil liberties as I am not allowed to do this now yet it wouldn't cause any problems if I did.

I do hope you will allow this simple change.

use the Swiss system

i feel we should use the Swiss system that all foreign vehicles are charged a standard rate for driving on any of our roads, i recently drove from England to Greece and found the Swiss system system the fairest and the least troublesome, as sometimes toll booths can be annoying, and paying approx £25 for a years unlimited use on the Swiss roads works out cheaper for the foriegn driver and i should imagine it generates a very good income for the country

Why is this idea important?

i feel we should use the Swiss system that all foreign vehicles are charged a standard rate for driving on any of our roads, i recently drove from England to Greece and found the Swiss system system the fairest and the least troublesome, as sometimes toll booths can be annoying, and paying approx £25 for a years unlimited use on the Swiss roads works out cheaper for the foriegn driver and i should imagine it generates a very good income for the country

Removal of Laws for Personal Safety for Over 18’s

Laws regarding personal safety, such as the wearing of motorcycle crash helmets and seat belts in cars, should be wiped from the statute books.

This should not include laws which protect others, such as use of mobile phones while driving, or driving under the influence of any substances.

Why is this idea important?

Laws regarding personal safety, such as the wearing of motorcycle crash helmets and seat belts in cars, should be wiped from the statute books.

This should not include laws which protect others, such as use of mobile phones while driving, or driving under the influence of any substances.

Scrap snapshot speed cameras.

Speed cameras which take a snapshot of a motorist exceeding the speed limit are oppressive and unfair as they create a lottery. Everyone will inadvertantly exceed the speed limit at times, perhaps for a few seconds, before becoming aware of it and reducing speed. If the motorist is unlucky enough to do this at the site of a snapshot  speed camera they will be fined and receive penalty points. The risk of this is much greater when driving in an unfamiliar locality, just when the risk of inadvertantly speeding is greater, due to unfamiliarity with limits, gradients and routes. People are being heavily penalised just for being human, in a most arbitrary fashion. This creates paranoia in the population. It is bad law enforcement. Average speed cameras are far more reasonable, so if we must have cameras, then let's have those.

Why is this idea important?

Speed cameras which take a snapshot of a motorist exceeding the speed limit are oppressive and unfair as they create a lottery. Everyone will inadvertantly exceed the speed limit at times, perhaps for a few seconds, before becoming aware of it and reducing speed. If the motorist is unlucky enough to do this at the site of a snapshot  speed camera they will be fined and receive penalty points. The risk of this is much greater when driving in an unfamiliar locality, just when the risk of inadvertantly speeding is greater, due to unfamiliarity with limits, gradients and routes. People are being heavily penalised just for being human, in a most arbitrary fashion. This creates paranoia in the population. It is bad law enforcement. Average speed cameras are far more reasonable, so if we must have cameras, then let's have those.