Taxi & Private Hire Legislation needs a radical overhaul

Taxi and PH laws were established in 1847 and 1976 respectively. Many things such as mobile phones, computers, GPS, Sat Navs, and reliable motor vehicles did not exist.

There needs to be a complete new set of laws to govern taxi services on a national basis. Perhaps the introduction of a national test and a badge issued ( such as is done with a PCV badge) which is valid everywhere with councils overseeing a local knowledge test and minor local matters.

Similarly vehicle standards should be nationally set with decisions such as how many people a Ford Galaxy can be licensed for( no boot, so should a seat be removed and a purpose built cage fitted to take luggage, some councils say yes some say no).

All cabs should be fitted with a taximeter for fare calculation , the fare rate being charged should be displayed as a number on the roof sign to help avoid drivers overcharging. The minimum and maximum fare rates  should be set by the local council to allow competition between companies and avoid the situation of "rip-off" fares being charged.

CRB checks should be portable.

Any Cab Company taking on a driver, even if the driver is self employed, should be subject to the same legislation as a true employer when it comes to the individuals "right to work" status to avoid the widespread problem of foreign students working as cab drivers rather than attending college as they should.

Eight seat minibuses are too large for a taxi service, these should be operated by bus/minibus operators not Taxi drivers.

All cabs operating in a town, whether they are based there or not should come under the jurisdiction of the local Licensing Officer.

Companies who operate primarily a national contract service with account holders should be able to do so without having to comply with a set of local regulations designed for local people going about their normal daily lives eg hospital/hairdresser/pub/school/supermarket etc

Finally there should only be one type of Taxi (as in most countries) and current private hire drivers should be incorporated on a grandfather rights basis.

Why is this idea important?

Taxi and PH laws were established in 1847 and 1976 respectively. Many things such as mobile phones, computers, GPS, Sat Navs, and reliable motor vehicles did not exist.

There needs to be a complete new set of laws to govern taxi services on a national basis. Perhaps the introduction of a national test and a badge issued ( such as is done with a PCV badge) which is valid everywhere with councils overseeing a local knowledge test and minor local matters.

Similarly vehicle standards should be nationally set with decisions such as how many people a Ford Galaxy can be licensed for( no boot, so should a seat be removed and a purpose built cage fitted to take luggage, some councils say yes some say no).

All cabs should be fitted with a taximeter for fare calculation , the fare rate being charged should be displayed as a number on the roof sign to help avoid drivers overcharging. The minimum and maximum fare rates  should be set by the local council to allow competition between companies and avoid the situation of "rip-off" fares being charged.

CRB checks should be portable.

Any Cab Company taking on a driver, even if the driver is self employed, should be subject to the same legislation as a true employer when it comes to the individuals "right to work" status to avoid the widespread problem of foreign students working as cab drivers rather than attending college as they should.

Eight seat minibuses are too large for a taxi service, these should be operated by bus/minibus operators not Taxi drivers.

All cabs operating in a town, whether they are based there or not should come under the jurisdiction of the local Licensing Officer.

Companies who operate primarily a national contract service with account holders should be able to do so without having to comply with a set of local regulations designed for local people going about their normal daily lives eg hospital/hairdresser/pub/school/supermarket etc

Finally there should only be one type of Taxi (as in most countries) and current private hire drivers should be incorporated on a grandfather rights basis.

Increase motorway speed limits to 80 or 90mph

Speed limits are exactly that – limits. When learning to drive you are constantly informed about this and told to drive at a reasonable speed – either at the limit or below. I am fine with this. What I am not fine with is the limit of otherwise well maintained, long and straight roads, free of potholes, well sign posted but with archaic speed LIMITS of 70mph – that we call motorways. We all know that modern cars can travel at speeds probably double this but what makes modern motoring different to when I was driving as a young lad is that cars are better maintained and, for example, can easily drive at high speed without steering wheel judder; not being able to brake properly (old Mini, for example); presence of ABS almost as standard these days etc etc.

If common sense prevailed, limits should be 80 or 90 (mph) on motorways and the decision of what speed to drive left to the driver (taking into consideration road conditions, weather, number of cars on the road etc.) I appreciate that faster speeds mean more CO2 but at 3am on the M5 going south to Devon, why is it that 70mph is even a moderately acceptable limit!?!?!?!

Why is this idea important?

Speed limits are exactly that – limits. When learning to drive you are constantly informed about this and told to drive at a reasonable speed – either at the limit or below. I am fine with this. What I am not fine with is the limit of otherwise well maintained, long and straight roads, free of potholes, well sign posted but with archaic speed LIMITS of 70mph – that we call motorways. We all know that modern cars can travel at speeds probably double this but what makes modern motoring different to when I was driving as a young lad is that cars are better maintained and, for example, can easily drive at high speed without steering wheel judder; not being able to brake properly (old Mini, for example); presence of ABS almost as standard these days etc etc.

If common sense prevailed, limits should be 80 or 90 (mph) on motorways and the decision of what speed to drive left to the driver (taking into consideration road conditions, weather, number of cars on the road etc.) I appreciate that faster speeds mean more CO2 but at 3am on the M5 going south to Devon, why is it that 70mph is even a moderately acceptable limit!?!?!?!

car insurance

when car insurance documents are issued, an insurance disc, like the road tax disc, should also be issued,and it should be compulsory that it is displayed on your car. that way the cameras used for spotting road tax dodgers can also get insurance dodgers and then it is easier for the police to track them down.

Why is this idea important?

when car insurance documents are issued, an insurance disc, like the road tax disc, should also be issued,and it should be compulsory that it is displayed on your car. that way the cameras used for spotting road tax dodgers can also get insurance dodgers and then it is easier for the police to track them down.

Road Transport Working Time Directive

The recent decision by the European Parliament to extend the scope of the Working Time Directive to include self employed haulage contractors is the most repressive piece of legislation ever conceived. Our industry is already subject to drivers hours rules which any fair minded person can understand and fully support. The WTD however is a huge step beyond this. In effect we are now regulated as to the total hours we can work which includes administative tasks as well as driving. For an industry which survives on very tight margins as a result of high rates of fuel duty, this restriction may be more than the sector can survive. So much is said today about human rights, but what about the right of an individual to work to provide for their family and acheive success within their career. It would be easier to accept these rules if it were possible to understand the basis for there introduction. Is it road safety, surely that is what drivers hours are designed to acheive. Is it job creation, to ensure that it takes two people to achieve what one is doing already. All businesses are constantly being challenged to improve operating efficiency, the WTD can only be viewed as a means to further complicate and diminish this objective. At a time when all sectors are being asked to achieve more results from less resourses, this legislation can only be counter productive.

Why is this idea important?

The recent decision by the European Parliament to extend the scope of the Working Time Directive to include self employed haulage contractors is the most repressive piece of legislation ever conceived. Our industry is already subject to drivers hours rules which any fair minded person can understand and fully support. The WTD however is a huge step beyond this. In effect we are now regulated as to the total hours we can work which includes administative tasks as well as driving. For an industry which survives on very tight margins as a result of high rates of fuel duty, this restriction may be more than the sector can survive. So much is said today about human rights, but what about the right of an individual to work to provide for their family and acheive success within their career. It would be easier to accept these rules if it were possible to understand the basis for there introduction. Is it road safety, surely that is what drivers hours are designed to acheive. Is it job creation, to ensure that it takes two people to achieve what one is doing already. All businesses are constantly being challenged to improve operating efficiency, the WTD can only be viewed as a means to further complicate and diminish this objective. At a time when all sectors are being asked to achieve more results from less resourses, this legislation can only be counter productive.

Standardise speed, parking and road sign laws across UK

Once upon a time we had this. You could tell by the road you were on what the speed limit was. You knew when you could park and when not. Road signs were UK wide and useful.

Then the management of these was delegated to the Local Council and now we have chaos. A proliferation of speed limits which are set to different criteria in each district. A rash of new speed limit signs has appeared across the country. It's often genuinely difficult to know what the speed limit is.

And parking is a nightmare – each council has its own laws and signage. It's quite possible to get a parking ticket when trying really hard to be parked legally. On Cricklewood Broadway in north London, three boroughs meet. Each has its own parking rules and they vary wildly.

I would like to see the criteria for speed limits, parking restrictions and road signage standardised across the UK, even if they continue to be administered locally.

Why is this idea important?

Once upon a time we had this. You could tell by the road you were on what the speed limit was. You knew when you could park and when not. Road signs were UK wide and useful.

Then the management of these was delegated to the Local Council and now we have chaos. A proliferation of speed limits which are set to different criteria in each district. A rash of new speed limit signs has appeared across the country. It's often genuinely difficult to know what the speed limit is.

And parking is a nightmare – each council has its own laws and signage. It's quite possible to get a parking ticket when trying really hard to be parked legally. On Cricklewood Broadway in north London, three boroughs meet. Each has its own parking rules and they vary wildly.

I would like to see the criteria for speed limits, parking restrictions and road signage standardised across the UK, even if they continue to be administered locally.

Allow 30mph speed limit signs on lit streets

To scrap the sections of the Road Traffic Act of 1934 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which make it illegal for councils to put-up 30 mph speed limit signs where there are street lights.

Amazingly, drivers are supposed to know that the lights mean the limit is 30 mph. It may be obvious in towns, but in suburbs or more rural areas with lights it isn't. Consequently people speed. I live on a straight stretch of road where cars do 40 mph or more most of the time. It's a 30mph limit, but the lack of 30 mph signs means everyone ignores that. The paths are narrow and it's almost impossible for children to cross safely. There must be lots of roads like this around the UK.

Given how hard successive Governments have worked to reduce the numbers of people killed on the roads – and given speed is a factor in so many accidents – it seems completely mad not to scrap this law. It's a simple, cheap way of helping drivers remember what the speed limit is. Please support this proposal – and help reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Why is this idea important?

To scrap the sections of the Road Traffic Act of 1934 and the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 which make it illegal for councils to put-up 30 mph speed limit signs where there are street lights.

Amazingly, drivers are supposed to know that the lights mean the limit is 30 mph. It may be obvious in towns, but in suburbs or more rural areas with lights it isn't. Consequently people speed. I live on a straight stretch of road where cars do 40 mph or more most of the time. It's a 30mph limit, but the lack of 30 mph signs means everyone ignores that. The paths are narrow and it's almost impossible for children to cross safely. There must be lots of roads like this around the UK.

Given how hard successive Governments have worked to reduce the numbers of people killed on the roads – and given speed is a factor in so many accidents – it seems completely mad not to scrap this law. It's a simple, cheap way of helping drivers remember what the speed limit is. Please support this proposal – and help reduce the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Permanent CBT for motorcyclists

Stop the DVLA requirement to re-do the Compulsory Basic Training Certificate (CBT) every two years.  One CBT should be sufficient to allow a user to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc for the rest of their life.  You only take a car test once, why should you have to retake a bike test every two years? 

Why is this idea important?

Stop the DVLA requirement to re-do the Compulsory Basic Training Certificate (CBT) every two years.  One CBT should be sufficient to allow a user to ride a motorcycle up to 125cc for the rest of their life.  You only take a car test once, why should you have to retake a bike test every two years? 

Abolish car tax

Abolish car tax and put the tax onto fuel instead. Too many untaxed vehicles are being driven on our roads and this is a 100% guaranteed way to eradicate this issue and make it fairer for all.  Those who use and therefore damage roads more pay the most! Those who use their vehicles less pay less.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish car tax and put the tax onto fuel instead. Too many untaxed vehicles are being driven on our roads and this is a 100% guaranteed way to eradicate this issue and make it fairer for all.  Those who use and therefore damage roads more pay the most! Those who use their vehicles less pay less.

Parking penalties not a way of generating profit for local councils

 

1-90% OF CITIZENS DO PARK REASONABLE  and should not be punished by genuine mistakes as most signs in different borough are  always confusing. You can have three different restrictions in one section of the road.

The government should make it easier to challenge these penalties and ensure that the councils are not trigger happy when issuing tickets.

2-Paying to park at hospitals should be abolished .

3-Clamping companies should never be allowed to charge spot fines ..In fact they should be either abolished or the fines regulated and paid through the local county court on their justification and decision in the presence of an MP or his represantive .Motorists will be happy to fund such a cause.

4-The Office of the Ombusman is beyond the reach of may and the government should make it readily accessible.

5-The bailliffs should be rigorously regulated

Why is this idea important?

 

1-90% OF CITIZENS DO PARK REASONABLE  and should not be punished by genuine mistakes as most signs in different borough are  always confusing. You can have three different restrictions in one section of the road.

The government should make it easier to challenge these penalties and ensure that the councils are not trigger happy when issuing tickets.

2-Paying to park at hospitals should be abolished .

3-Clamping companies should never be allowed to charge spot fines ..In fact they should be either abolished or the fines regulated and paid through the local county court on their justification and decision in the presence of an MP or his represantive .Motorists will be happy to fund such a cause.

4-The Office of the Ombusman is beyond the reach of may and the government should make it readily accessible.

5-The bailliffs should be rigorously regulated

Vehicle red tape

Why if we move house must we notify the driving license department and the car tax department separately and why do they not accept information electronically. You must put it in writing. Baloney. Notify once use for many purposes.

Why is this idea important?

Why if we move house must we notify the driving license department and the car tax department separately and why do they not accept information electronically. You must put it in writing. Baloney. Notify once use for many purposes.

Less duplication of traffic lights

Most traffic light installations seem to have far too many lights. For example you will often find two poles a few yards apart on the left at a junction. I suspect this is the result of successful lobbying over the years by the manufacturers who are making a fortune at the public expense.

They don't do this in other countries. France is a good example. Usually a single pole with a small repeater low down so the dirver can see it when he or she  is close.

Less traffic lights also means more room on the pavements for pedestrians.

Why is this idea important?

Most traffic light installations seem to have far too many lights. For example you will often find two poles a few yards apart on the left at a junction. I suspect this is the result of successful lobbying over the years by the manufacturers who are making a fortune at the public expense.

They don't do this in other countries. France is a good example. Usually a single pole with a small repeater low down so the dirver can see it when he or she  is close.

Less traffic lights also means more room on the pavements for pedestrians.

Remove speeding loopholes and increase sentences

More speed cameras, better hidden, and get rid of all the "Nick Freeman" loopholes that allow reckless and dangerous criminals to escape the law.

To placate the whingers who claim speeding fines are a tax, scrap speeding fines and replace them with a mandatory 5 year prison term and lifetime driving ban.

Why is this idea important?

More speed cameras, better hidden, and get rid of all the "Nick Freeman" loopholes that allow reckless and dangerous criminals to escape the law.

To placate the whingers who claim speeding fines are a tax, scrap speeding fines and replace them with a mandatory 5 year prison term and lifetime driving ban.

make smoking in cars illegal!

Smoking in cars is a  more dangerous distraction to the driver than using a mobile phone. Getting a cigarette out of the packet, finding the lighter, lighting up ,having a drag, disposing of ash, Fire risk, etc all whilst driving with undue care and attention, whilst forcing child passengers, and themselves inbetween drags, to inhale passive smoke in the most confined area.

Why is this idea important?

Smoking in cars is a  more dangerous distraction to the driver than using a mobile phone. Getting a cigarette out of the packet, finding the lighter, lighting up ,having a drag, disposing of ash, Fire risk, etc all whilst driving with undue care and attention, whilst forcing child passengers, and themselves inbetween drags, to inhale passive smoke in the most confined area.

No Alcohol for drivers !

Instead of confusing people with units and limits etc , why not just say no Alcohol when in charge of a motor vechicle that to include anything with a engine. Lets face it if you worked on a  prodution line or incharge of machinery at work and you turned up smelling of booze you would be sent home. Also you probably know someone like this has half a pint and there drunk , where as theres people who can drink 10 pints and not be affected in other words everyone has there own limits. The safest limit is 0 Alcohol !

 

PAul.

Why is this idea important?

Instead of confusing people with units and limits etc , why not just say no Alcohol when in charge of a motor vechicle that to include anything with a engine. Lets face it if you worked on a  prodution line or incharge of machinery at work and you turned up smelling of booze you would be sent home. Also you probably know someone like this has half a pint and there drunk , where as theres people who can drink 10 pints and not be affected in other words everyone has there own limits. The safest limit is 0 Alcohol !

 

PAul.

Taxis and private hire vehicles

There are a number of outdated hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicle (minicab) laws that date back to 1847 and 1976 respectively which have not kept pace with change and which are complex and impose unnecessary burdens on businesses – for example, a legal requirement that the proprietor of a hackney carriage must keep possession of the driver licence issued to the driver of their hackney carriage, otherwise they commit an offence.  Likewise, the distinction between the two modes of essentially the same service causes confusion and conflict in nearly every local authority area and results in complex court cases on a regular basis. 

Why is this idea important?

There are a number of outdated hackney carriage (taxi) and private hire vehicle (minicab) laws that date back to 1847 and 1976 respectively which have not kept pace with change and which are complex and impose unnecessary burdens on businesses – for example, a legal requirement that the proprietor of a hackney carriage must keep possession of the driver licence issued to the driver of their hackney carriage, otherwise they commit an offence.  Likewise, the distinction between the two modes of essentially the same service causes confusion and conflict in nearly every local authority area and results in complex court cases on a regular basis. 

Replace road fines with driver training

If the idea of road regulations is really about safety and not just a cynical form of stealth tax then let's have less fines and more driver training instead.

Points could be added onto licences for completing training courses and accident free driving (miles not years) instead of taking points off.

Why is this idea important?

If the idea of road regulations is really about safety and not just a cynical form of stealth tax then let's have less fines and more driver training instead.

Points could be added onto licences for completing training courses and accident free driving (miles not years) instead of taking points off.

Sell off Driving tests to the Private sector

Privatise Driving tests, raise income and save money at the same time. No loss of standards or service. Bring private sector flexibility to the testing, administration and booking of all types of Driving tests, Instructor training and supervision. Close down the Driving Standards Agency and move the Regulation to the Dept of Transport. Driving Examiners would be employed by private companies and businesses who would be able to offer a standardised and regulated test to the public and their employees. The LGV/PSV and a combined Theory test could be discharged by approved and monitored organisations. Motorcycle testing and Training could be offered by the existing Approved Training bodies. Special needs tests could be done at Motability centres. Just like the MOT is done now. The infrastructure is already in place, it would expand as the private sector responded to demand. Many Large organisations would welcome the chance to take it over, BSM and the like.

Why is this idea important?

Privatise Driving tests, raise income and save money at the same time. No loss of standards or service. Bring private sector flexibility to the testing, administration and booking of all types of Driving tests, Instructor training and supervision. Close down the Driving Standards Agency and move the Regulation to the Dept of Transport. Driving Examiners would be employed by private companies and businesses who would be able to offer a standardised and regulated test to the public and their employees. The LGV/PSV and a combined Theory test could be discharged by approved and monitored organisations. Motorcycle testing and Training could be offered by the existing Approved Training bodies. Special needs tests could be done at Motability centres. Just like the MOT is done now. The infrastructure is already in place, it would expand as the private sector responded to demand. Many Large organisations would welcome the chance to take it over, BSM and the like.

Make tinted motorcycle helmet visors legal

Law says its illegal to wear a tinted visor on motorcycle helmet but not illegal to wear sun glasses under the helmet. Hello nanny state wakey wakey you would prefer us to be blinded by strong sun and crash than have the common sense NOT to wear a tinted visor when the sun goes down. And before anyone says it you can't always get sun glasses on, when wearing a helmet. I know I just broke an expensive pair of Oakleys trying. We can legally wear our sun glases when the sun goes down but most bikers with a little wit would not ride with sun glasses on in the dark. Ok some dim wits will ride with tinted visors in the dark but why punish the many because of the few. What about cars with tinted windows driving in the dark? And yes I know there is a limit to their level of tint to front and front sides but what about seeing out the back at night? If caught out by poor visibillity while wearing a tinted visor you can always open your visor slightly to assist your view. Yes I know you stand a chance of being hit by a fly but many times in heavy rain even with a clear visor you have to open your visor because the water attached to the visor leaves you blinded. (thought—-maybe we should have a law that requires visor wipers)  

Why is this idea important?

Law says its illegal to wear a tinted visor on motorcycle helmet but not illegal to wear sun glasses under the helmet. Hello nanny state wakey wakey you would prefer us to be blinded by strong sun and crash than have the common sense NOT to wear a tinted visor when the sun goes down. And before anyone says it you can't always get sun glasses on, when wearing a helmet. I know I just broke an expensive pair of Oakleys trying. We can legally wear our sun glases when the sun goes down but most bikers with a little wit would not ride with sun glasses on in the dark. Ok some dim wits will ride with tinted visors in the dark but why punish the many because of the few. What about cars with tinted windows driving in the dark? And yes I know there is a limit to their level of tint to front and front sides but what about seeing out the back at night? If caught out by poor visibillity while wearing a tinted visor you can always open your visor slightly to assist your view. Yes I know you stand a chance of being hit by a fly but many times in heavy rain even with a clear visor you have to open your visor because the water attached to the visor leaves you blinded. (thought—-maybe we should have a law that requires visor wipers)  

Traffic Lights

Switch off some traffic lights between hours of 2300-0600 and replace with flashing amber light to allow proceeding with care similar to many places in France.

Why is this idea important?

Switch off some traffic lights between hours of 2300-0600 and replace with flashing amber light to allow proceeding with care similar to many places in France.

Allow “left-turn on red traffic light” at city traffic intersections

In Canada, and I think in the USA, it is legal to do a right-turn on a red traffic light. This has of course to be done with care. But the result is that traffic flow is increased, especially in heavily built-up areas.

Having lived in Canada for 15 years, I saw this operating without any problem.

Why is this idea important?

In Canada, and I think in the USA, it is legal to do a right-turn on a red traffic light. This has of course to be done with care. But the result is that traffic flow is increased, especially in heavily built-up areas.

Having lived in Canada for 15 years, I saw this operating without any problem.

Remove number plate restrictions

There are restrictions being enforced by the DVLA and the Transport Department that prevent the government from earning hundreds of millions of pounds.

Scrapping these restrictions would cause little disruption and would help reduce the budget deficit. It would also be HIGHLY POPULAR WITH THE PUBLIC.

My first proposal:

* Remove restrictions on the format for vehicle number plates and then auction them off.

That means:

* Allow two letter number plates – i.e. AA, BB etc
* Allow two number number plates, i.e. 11, 22 etc.
* Allow one letter and one number plates i.e. 1A
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create three character number plates, i.e. ADA, BOB, JIM etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create four character number plates, i.e. MIKE, JANE, ANDY etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create five character number plates, i.e. BROWN, DORIS, JIMMY, PETER, GREEN, etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create six character number plates, i.e. HAROLD, WILSON, TORIES, LABOUR  etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create seven character number plates, i.e. CAMERON, ASHDOWN, LIBDEMS etc.

Many current personalised number plates attempt to create words by the creative use of the existing format of lettters and numbers. Removing these restrictions would simply remove these artificial obstacles.

The second proposal:

* Allow the registration of number plates from vehicles that have been scrapped.

Currently number plates of vehicles that have been scrapped are unavailable for re-registration. That means that there are millions of combinations of letters and numbers that are no longer available to purchase. This is a really silly restriction, and recycling these plates could again bring in millions of pounds for the Treasury.

I am sure that DVLA and Transport Department apparatchiks can think of a hundred reasons why the restrictions on number plates should continue, but frankly none of them stand up to close scrutiny, and in a fiscal emergency removing these restrictions makes sense and could bring in hundreds of millions of pounds for a hard pressed Treasury.

I have no connection with the secondary number plate business Incidentally, but I would love an uncluttered personalised number plate that showed a single word or a set of initials.

Why is this idea important?

There are restrictions being enforced by the DVLA and the Transport Department that prevent the government from earning hundreds of millions of pounds.

Scrapping these restrictions would cause little disruption and would help reduce the budget deficit. It would also be HIGHLY POPULAR WITH THE PUBLIC.

My first proposal:

* Remove restrictions on the format for vehicle number plates and then auction them off.

That means:

* Allow two letter number plates – i.e. AA, BB etc
* Allow two number number plates, i.e. 11, 22 etc.
* Allow one letter and one number plates i.e. 1A
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create three character number plates, i.e. ADA, BOB, JIM etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create four character number plates, i.e. MIKE, JANE, ANDY etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create five character number plates, i.e. BROWN, DORIS, JIMMY, PETER, GREEN, etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create six character number plates, i.e. HAROLD, WILSON, TORIES, LABOUR  etc.
* Allow combinations of letters of numbers to create seven character number plates, i.e. CAMERON, ASHDOWN, LIBDEMS etc.

Many current personalised number plates attempt to create words by the creative use of the existing format of lettters and numbers. Removing these restrictions would simply remove these artificial obstacles.

The second proposal:

* Allow the registration of number plates from vehicles that have been scrapped.

Currently number plates of vehicles that have been scrapped are unavailable for re-registration. That means that there are millions of combinations of letters and numbers that are no longer available to purchase. This is a really silly restriction, and recycling these plates could again bring in millions of pounds for the Treasury.

I am sure that DVLA and Transport Department apparatchiks can think of a hundred reasons why the restrictions on number plates should continue, but frankly none of them stand up to close scrutiny, and in a fiscal emergency removing these restrictions makes sense and could bring in hundreds of millions of pounds for a hard pressed Treasury.

I have no connection with the secondary number plate business Incidentally, but I would love an uncluttered personalised number plate that showed a single word or a set of initials.

Remove the M4 Bus Lane

Remove the M4 bus lane — Precott's Folly — as it provides road space only for empty coaches coming into London to collect tourists and for taxis also driving tourists and foreign businessmen into the capital while doing nothing, even hindering, those that live and work in London

Why is this idea important?

Remove the M4 bus lane — Precott's Folly — as it provides road space only for empty coaches coming into London to collect tourists and for taxis also driving tourists and foreign businessmen into the capital while doing nothing, even hindering, those that live and work in London