Remove the M4 Bus Lane

The M4 bus lane — Prescott's Folly — should be removed as it provides road space for empty coaches coming into London to collect tourists and 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?

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

zero tax on all green cars…

zero tax on all green cars ..that means ALL green cars. i would love to buy an aston martin db9 eco fuel (if i had the money) but iwould still pay tax on the car as if it ran on petrol. the car can do both but was made to run on ethanol. but still it and their elk of cars are taxed as petrol cars

Why is this idea important?

zero tax on all green cars ..that means ALL green cars. i would love to buy an aston martin db9 eco fuel (if i had the money) but iwould still pay tax on the car as if it ran on petrol. the car can do both but was made to run on ethanol. but still it and their elk of cars are taxed as petrol cars

Abolish the paper “counterpart” driving licence

Photocard driving licences also have a "counterpart" paper licence which must be produced ialong with the photocard when production of a driving licence is required. This is silly and wasteful. If we must (as the EU say we must) have a photocard licence let that be the only document required.

Why is this idea important?

Photocard driving licences also have a "counterpart" paper licence which must be produced ialong with the photocard when production of a driving licence is required. This is silly and wasteful. If we must (as the EU say we must) have a photocard licence let that be the only document required.

Enforce lane discipline on motorways and dual carriageways

Police and highways staff should enforce lanediscipline on motorways by fines, penalty points and short term bans for failure to observe lane discipline and inconsiderate driving.

Why is this idea important?

Police and highways staff should enforce lanediscipline on motorways by fines, penalty points and short term bans for failure to observe lane discipline and inconsiderate driving.

Make the photo on the driving licence optional

For decades Britains drove safely and without issue on their paper non-photo driving licences. It is my understanding that he photograph was added in the last few years as a way of "standardising" driving licences across the EU. But for the purposes of motoring in the UK, a photo was not considered necessary and its enactment was not related to road safety.

My proposal is to make the photo optional. Only drivers who desire the convenience of the photo may opt to have it included on their plastic licence document. In addition, drivers who do opt for the photo should be able to choose whether or not their photograph is permanently archived in the DVLA database.

Why is this idea important?

For decades Britains drove safely and without issue on their paper non-photo driving licences. It is my understanding that he photograph was added in the last few years as a way of "standardising" driving licences across the EU. But for the purposes of motoring in the UK, a photo was not considered necessary and its enactment was not related to road safety.

My proposal is to make the photo optional. Only drivers who desire the convenience of the photo may opt to have it included on their plastic licence document. In addition, drivers who do opt for the photo should be able to choose whether or not their photograph is permanently archived in the DVLA database.

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the Hazard Perception Test element of driver training.  This tests only the ability to pass a computer based Hazard Perception Test.  It adds nothing to driver safety and simply adds cost to the driver training process.

Allow smallcraft including commercial and recreational craft (yachts etc) to use red diesel

Allow smallcraft including recreational craft (yachts etc) to use red diesel.  Fuel tax helps pay for the road network and is charged to road users.   It is also now charged for yachts and small boats – but they do not use the roads!  

Red diesel has not had fuel tax paid on it.  It is used by agricultural vehicles and large ships / fishing craft that do not use the road system.  

Why is this idea important?

Allow smallcraft including recreational craft (yachts etc) to use red diesel.  Fuel tax helps pay for the road network and is charged to road users.   It is also now charged for yachts and small boats – but they do not use the roads!  

Red diesel has not had fuel tax paid on it.  It is used by agricultural vehicles and large ships / fishing craft that do not use the road system.  

Motorway Hard Shoulder Exit

Currently you can spend an enormous time sitting in a jam on the motorway when the hard shoulder is clear.   Motorists should be allowed to use the hard shoulder from the 300metre countdown markers to exit the motorway.

Why is this idea important?

Currently you can spend an enormous time sitting in a jam on the motorway when the hard shoulder is clear.   Motorists should be allowed to use the hard shoulder from the 300metre countdown markers to exit the motorway.

Outlaw toll roads and toll bridges

Why are the citizens in the UK still paying fees to go over toll bridges and down  toll roads?

This should be confined to foreign vehicles only.

We pay vehicle tax to maintain our highways.  Foreign vehicles pay nothing towards travel in the UK generally, yet we are expected to pay toll fees as well as ourcar  tax.  Likewise, when we are abroad we pay tolls on foreign roads.  

Aren't we missing a trick here? 

Why is this idea important?

Why are the citizens in the UK still paying fees to go over toll bridges and down  toll roads?

This should be confined to foreign vehicles only.

We pay vehicle tax to maintain our highways.  Foreign vehicles pay nothing towards travel in the UK generally, yet we are expected to pay toll fees as well as ourcar  tax.  Likewise, when we are abroad we pay tolls on foreign roads.  

Aren't we missing a trick here? 

Free the roads

Many town and village roads are congested simply by the number of cars which  use it as a free car park.

Let's have an added tax on motorists who have no dedicated parking space.

Why is this idea important?

Many town and village roads are congested simply by the number of cars which  use it as a free car park.

Let's have an added tax on motorists who have no dedicated parking space.

Fix Britains traffic problems (HOWTO).

As far as I can see, all the most recent laws with regards to traffic management are centered on the SYMPTOMS of the problem and not the root cause.

Has anyone actually been bothered to find out WHY each motorist is making each particular journey ?

I don't know about you, but it has been over two decades since I last went for a "pleasure" drive, knowing that given the current traffic conditions pleasure would be the last thing I am likely to experience.

Could it be that the majority of motorists are not there for pleasure, but have a real need to get to where they are going, a need that does not go away because of increased costs and are impractical on public transport?

Commuting (people need jobs and the varied locations make public transport impractical, we don't all work in great big factories anymore that were once easily seriviced through public transport)

Education (getting to/from school/college/university)

Health (how else do you see YOUR doctor since few doctors now make house calls?  those that do, provide sub-standard care via some outcall doctor you have never met before, who has no knowledge of you or your health history, and yet is expected to make a competent decision)

Dietary (we all need to eat and thus go shopping)

If this is the case then surely the answer it to IGNORE the quantities of traffic and do something to split up, or relocate the destinations to places more suitable.

As an example, if it is found that most problems in a given area are as a result of commuting, then surely the solution is to raise business taxes in that area to encourage businesses to relocate to an area better suited to the quantity and timing of traffic, or in easier places to reach by their employees via public transport.

Given today's technologically advanced society, I find it difficult to understand why businesses are not more "mobile". 

There is to my mind, no need for over 50% of the businesses in London to actually BE in London, save for the "prestige".  So what if historically the "financial heart" of the country was London, it is clear that given the current infrastructure this unsustainable.

The same holds true for most if not all of our cities.

Furthermore past governments have happily in the name of "cost savings" centralised resources, such as doctors, hospitals, and ever more consolidation of schools.  This is counter productive, creating "hot spot" destinations, around which gridlock is all but guaranteed.

It may have been cheaper for the government, but not for the country as a whole. 

In fact were a comprehensive study to take place I would anticipate the the costs in time lost, fuel wasted, and CO2 emissions generated (not an exhaustive list, just the most obvious ones) would dwarf that reportedly "saved" by the government.

Local councils do not help matters either.  Permitting single family dwellings with one parking space to be converted into a multi occupancy dwellings without regard to the availability of local services, parking or local traffic conditions is obscene.

One parking space – once car – one family – one dwelling – no subdivision – simple!

More jobs than dwellings ?  Make the businesses move to where both people and dwellings are available.

Make businesses and services move to the people, and you will have far less people traveling to them.

In short, addressing the SYMPTOMS of traffic problems is incredibly myopic, and it is imperative that any "fix" be targeted at the CAUSE.

The CAUSE being bad planning and even worse implementations.

Why is this idea important?

As far as I can see, all the most recent laws with regards to traffic management are centered on the SYMPTOMS of the problem and not the root cause.

Has anyone actually been bothered to find out WHY each motorist is making each particular journey ?

I don't know about you, but it has been over two decades since I last went for a "pleasure" drive, knowing that given the current traffic conditions pleasure would be the last thing I am likely to experience.

Could it be that the majority of motorists are not there for pleasure, but have a real need to get to where they are going, a need that does not go away because of increased costs and are impractical on public transport?

Commuting (people need jobs and the varied locations make public transport impractical, we don't all work in great big factories anymore that were once easily seriviced through public transport)

Education (getting to/from school/college/university)

Health (how else do you see YOUR doctor since few doctors now make house calls?  those that do, provide sub-standard care via some outcall doctor you have never met before, who has no knowledge of you or your health history, and yet is expected to make a competent decision)

Dietary (we all need to eat and thus go shopping)

If this is the case then surely the answer it to IGNORE the quantities of traffic and do something to split up, or relocate the destinations to places more suitable.

As an example, if it is found that most problems in a given area are as a result of commuting, then surely the solution is to raise business taxes in that area to encourage businesses to relocate to an area better suited to the quantity and timing of traffic, or in easier places to reach by their employees via public transport.

Given today's technologically advanced society, I find it difficult to understand why businesses are not more "mobile". 

There is to my mind, no need for over 50% of the businesses in London to actually BE in London, save for the "prestige".  So what if historically the "financial heart" of the country was London, it is clear that given the current infrastructure this unsustainable.

The same holds true for most if not all of our cities.

Furthermore past governments have happily in the name of "cost savings" centralised resources, such as doctors, hospitals, and ever more consolidation of schools.  This is counter productive, creating "hot spot" destinations, around which gridlock is all but guaranteed.

It may have been cheaper for the government, but not for the country as a whole. 

In fact were a comprehensive study to take place I would anticipate the the costs in time lost, fuel wasted, and CO2 emissions generated (not an exhaustive list, just the most obvious ones) would dwarf that reportedly "saved" by the government.

Local councils do not help matters either.  Permitting single family dwellings with one parking space to be converted into a multi occupancy dwellings without regard to the availability of local services, parking or local traffic conditions is obscene.

One parking space – once car – one family – one dwelling – no subdivision – simple!

More jobs than dwellings ?  Make the businesses move to where both people and dwellings are available.

Make businesses and services move to the people, and you will have far less people traveling to them.

In short, addressing the SYMPTOMS of traffic problems is incredibly myopic, and it is imperative that any "fix" be targeted at the CAUSE.

The CAUSE being bad planning and even worse implementations.

REDUCE THE COST AND IMPROVE THE UNDERGROUND.

IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT TAKES ME ALMOST ONE HOUR TO GO FROM BARONS COURT TO NOTHING HILL GATE AND AT THE END OF THE DAY I SHOULD PAY TWICE BECAUSE CIRCLE LINE WASN'T WORKING!!

HOW COULD I TAKE ANOTHER JOB (AS MILLIONS WANTS) IF I KNOW I'LL LOST THE THIRD OF MY DAY IN AN INEFFICIENT AN EXPENSIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT??!!

AND EVEN MORE WITH THIS HOT WEATHER I FELT NAUSEOUS AND TIRED…. WHERE'S THE AIR CONDITIONING?? 

WHEN I WENT TO MEXICO I USED TO PAY £0.20 FOR A SINGLE TRAVEL AND CROSSING THE WHOLE CITY FROM SOUTH TO NORTH (AND WITH AIR COND), ALSO IN SPAIN IS A CHEAPER AND BETTER SERVICE. COME ON WE CAN NOT STILL AFFORDING THE BIG SALARIES OF UNDERGROUND BOSSES!!

Why is this idea important?

IS UNBELIEVABLE THAT TAKES ME ALMOST ONE HOUR TO GO FROM BARONS COURT TO NOTHING HILL GATE AND AT THE END OF THE DAY I SHOULD PAY TWICE BECAUSE CIRCLE LINE WASN'T WORKING!!

HOW COULD I TAKE ANOTHER JOB (AS MILLIONS WANTS) IF I KNOW I'LL LOST THE THIRD OF MY DAY IN AN INEFFICIENT AN EXPENSIVE PUBLIC TRANSPORT??!!

AND EVEN MORE WITH THIS HOT WEATHER I FELT NAUSEOUS AND TIRED…. WHERE'S THE AIR CONDITIONING?? 

WHEN I WENT TO MEXICO I USED TO PAY £0.20 FOR A SINGLE TRAVEL AND CROSSING THE WHOLE CITY FROM SOUTH TO NORTH (AND WITH AIR COND), ALSO IN SPAIN IS A CHEAPER AND BETTER SERVICE. COME ON WE CAN NOT STILL AFFORDING THE BIG SALARIES OF UNDERGROUND BOSSES!!

wheel clamping

wheel clamping is illegal in Scotland it was stamped out by charging clampers with theft and extortion.Only agents of the crown can use clamps.Why is it still legal in ENGLAND.

Why is this idea important?

wheel clamping is illegal in Scotland it was stamped out by charging clampers with theft and extortion.Only agents of the crown can use clamps.Why is it still legal in ENGLAND.

Remove road tax and place mot badge on windscreens

The cost of administering the road tax, police wasting time on road tax evasion, court costs. Administrative costs can all be stopped at once. By adding it to the fuel duty as a quite specific road tax duty clearly identified in the cost.   The heavy road users and gas guzzling vehicles would pay most. The ones that don't use the car a lot would pay less far fairer.

This will lead to more innovation towards cheaper cleaner fuels more efficient vehicles marketed towards the high vehicle usage business.

Foreign truck drivers could then be made to pay more of their fair share that have allowed them to undercut our industry. This can be achieved by ensuring that when they bring vehicles over British boarders that their fuel tanks are no greater than 1/4 full of fuel, which ensure that they must fill up in the UK and contribute.

Tax sticker replaced by MOT sticker on front of vehicle which if not visible would earn a ticket.

Trucks to be PSV'd  TWICE yearly ensuring their road worthiness.

Do the sums, massive savings to be made by doing this

Why is this idea important?

The cost of administering the road tax, police wasting time on road tax evasion, court costs. Administrative costs can all be stopped at once. By adding it to the fuel duty as a quite specific road tax duty clearly identified in the cost.   The heavy road users and gas guzzling vehicles would pay most. The ones that don't use the car a lot would pay less far fairer.

This will lead to more innovation towards cheaper cleaner fuels more efficient vehicles marketed towards the high vehicle usage business.

Foreign truck drivers could then be made to pay more of their fair share that have allowed them to undercut our industry. This can be achieved by ensuring that when they bring vehicles over British boarders that their fuel tanks are no greater than 1/4 full of fuel, which ensure that they must fill up in the UK and contribute.

Tax sticker replaced by MOT sticker on front of vehicle which if not visible would earn a ticket.

Trucks to be PSV'd  TWICE yearly ensuring their road worthiness.

Do the sums, massive savings to be made by doing this

Repeal the law setting a limit on blood alcohol level for motorists

Blood alcohol level is a very poor indicator of driving ability.  There are plenty of people whose driving is safer, even at the current limit for blood alcohol level, than others when completely sober.  What is required is a test of safe driving – eg a reaction test.  Even the old test of asking a driver to walk along a white line is a better test of competence than the current breathalyser.  Any driver who can't pass a simple reaction test should be taken off the road, irrespective of whether or not he or she has been drinking.

Why is this idea important?

Blood alcohol level is a very poor indicator of driving ability.  There are plenty of people whose driving is safer, even at the current limit for blood alcohol level, than others when completely sober.  What is required is a test of safe driving – eg a reaction test.  Even the old test of asking a driver to walk along a white line is a better test of competence than the current breathalyser.  Any driver who can't pass a simple reaction test should be taken off the road, irrespective of whether or not he or she has been drinking.

Replace Cars With Penny Farthings

Cars cause pollution – penny farthings don't. Plus compulsory use of PFs would result in far fewer accidents – you have to concentrate really hard to ride a PF. And you can't go very fast.

Why is this idea important?

Cars cause pollution – penny farthings don't. Plus compulsory use of PFs would result in far fewer accidents – you have to concentrate really hard to ride a PF. And you can't go very fast.

Allow Motorcycles to use Bus Lanes

The Motorcycle does not take up hardly any space on the road, is a cheap way to get from A to B and should be allowed Bus lane privileges.

 

Additionally, they should be exempt from congestion charges.

Why is this idea important?

The Motorcycle does not take up hardly any space on the road, is a cheap way to get from A to B and should be allowed Bus lane privileges.

 

Additionally, they should be exempt from congestion charges.