Repeal the law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets

The only person who suffers in the event of an motorcycle accident, where the driver or passenger is not wearing a helmet, is that person.  The government has no business legislating to control people's behaviour, where that behaviour only affects the person in question.

Why is this idea important?

The only person who suffers in the event of an motorcycle accident, where the driver or passenger is not wearing a helmet, is that person.  The government has no business legislating to control people's behaviour, where that behaviour only affects the person in question.

Stop Local Authority Spending on spying

In Wandsworth there are numerous spots where cameras are focused on unfair cash raising schemes through fining motorists unfairly.

They do this by passing local legislation to making it an offence parking on a particular road for example Smugglers Way or Balham High Road and many others.

But should it be an offence at 5PM on a Sunday afternoon?  When there is no one about ah but a warden will soon be along to place a ticket on your car as this is how they make their money.

There are a number of other spots and Wandsworth deliberately creates confusion to catch  unsuspecting drivers.

The process is simple firstly up goes a camera for managing a particular spot supported by plausible health a safety, management reasons then the camera is trained on aparticular spot for the purposes of fining individuals.

Why is this idea important?

In Wandsworth there are numerous spots where cameras are focused on unfair cash raising schemes through fining motorists unfairly.

They do this by passing local legislation to making it an offence parking on a particular road for example Smugglers Way or Balham High Road and many others.

But should it be an offence at 5PM on a Sunday afternoon?  When there is no one about ah but a warden will soon be along to place a ticket on your car as this is how they make their money.

There are a number of other spots and Wandsworth deliberately creates confusion to catch  unsuspecting drivers.

The process is simple firstly up goes a camera for managing a particular spot supported by plausible health a safety, management reasons then the camera is trained on aparticular spot for the purposes of fining individuals.

Make MoT tests every two years for newer cars.

MoT tests are annual from the car's third birthday.  But cars today are much more reliable than when this regulation was introduced.  The start point could be changed to year four or five and the tests made every two years until the car was, say ten years old.

Why is this idea important?

MoT tests are annual from the car's third birthday.  But cars today are much more reliable than when this regulation was introduced.  The start point could be changed to year four or five and the tests made every two years until the car was, say ten years old.

Police abusing their powers

Please prevent the police from:

Arresting and fining motorists for taking a drink of water or a soft drink at a red traffic light

Arresting and fining motorists for taking a bite of an apple or other food at a red traffic light

Arresting and fining motorists for smoking in the car.

Why is this idea important?

Please prevent the police from:

Arresting and fining motorists for taking a drink of water or a soft drink at a red traffic light

Arresting and fining motorists for taking a bite of an apple or other food at a red traffic light

Arresting and fining motorists for smoking in the car.

Simplify drivers licencing and bring vehicle classes in line with MOT and Road Tax classes

Whilst licencing for Cars is straightfoward, the situation becomes much more complicated when dealing with large Motor Caravans, Horse Boxes, Heritage Buses and Lorries. The situation is complicated further by "grandfather rights" which sometimes extend to the vehicle and sometimes to the driver. Tax and MOT classes in some cases differ from the Licence requirement and each other. For Heritage Buses the situation is further complicated by restrictions on the number of passengers that can be carried in certain circumstances. The situation is so bad that I have on a few occasions contacted the Police, DVLA, DSA and VOSA and had varying responses. As an example I know of one owner of a Heritage Bus who claims he can carry unlimited passengers on his car licence due to having "Grandfather rights" yet when I contacted various authorities about this some told me this was possible and others told me it was not. This included two traffic police who gave different ideas. If those who are supposed to enforce the law do not understand it what hope do any of us have?

I would propose that Driving Licence, MOT and Road Tax classes are based on vehicle weight. The current 3.5t, 7.5t and above would work. Additional Licence endorsements and higher Tax and MOT classes would then be given for Commerical Passenger (PCV) and Commercial Goods (HGV).

Why is this idea important?

Whilst licencing for Cars is straightfoward, the situation becomes much more complicated when dealing with large Motor Caravans, Horse Boxes, Heritage Buses and Lorries. The situation is complicated further by "grandfather rights" which sometimes extend to the vehicle and sometimes to the driver. Tax and MOT classes in some cases differ from the Licence requirement and each other. For Heritage Buses the situation is further complicated by restrictions on the number of passengers that can be carried in certain circumstances. The situation is so bad that I have on a few occasions contacted the Police, DVLA, DSA and VOSA and had varying responses. As an example I know of one owner of a Heritage Bus who claims he can carry unlimited passengers on his car licence due to having "Grandfather rights" yet when I contacted various authorities about this some told me this was possible and others told me it was not. This included two traffic police who gave different ideas. If those who are supposed to enforce the law do not understand it what hope do any of us have?

I would propose that Driving Licence, MOT and Road Tax classes are based on vehicle weight. The current 3.5t, 7.5t and above would work. Additional Licence endorsements and higher Tax and MOT classes would then be given for Commerical Passenger (PCV) and Commercial Goods (HGV).

working time directive for self employed owner drivers(hgv)

id like to suggest that the recent directive from the EU regards the 48 hour working time rule for the self employed be revocked/amended to allow small businesses to grow

Why is this idea important?

id like to suggest that the recent directive from the EU regards the 48 hour working time rule for the self employed be revocked/amended to allow small businesses to grow

The Motorcycle Helmet Law.

This law making helmet wear compulsory for motorcyclists has been viewed by many to be a breach of human rights from the day it was implimented. No proof has ever been produced that this law was necessary, as most motorcyclists would wear a helmet by choice anyway. All it does is criminalise a minority who would make a conscious decision as an adult that the journey they embark on has a minimal chance of them being in a situation where their head is likely to come into contact  with something solid.

Why is this idea important?

This law making helmet wear compulsory for motorcyclists has been viewed by many to be a breach of human rights from the day it was implimented. No proof has ever been produced that this law was necessary, as most motorcyclists would wear a helmet by choice anyway. All it does is criminalise a minority who would make a conscious decision as an adult that the journey they embark on has a minimal chance of them being in a situation where their head is likely to come into contact  with something solid.

Taxi Driver Regulations

Please please please remove the regulations requireing taxi (and prospective) drivers from having to complete a very patronising BTEC course and another Driving test.  It's alteady a requirement to have passed your Driving test for over a year and to have CRB checks and to pass council taxi specific exams. To also have to pass a pretty meaningless BTEC (at a cost of £200+) and an additional driving test that really is meaningless with the don't pull up next to a tree so the door will open as part of the test is actually insulting.  This is another example of the minutia put in place by the Labour Government becuse common sense doesn't exist! 

Why is this idea important?

Please please please remove the regulations requireing taxi (and prospective) drivers from having to complete a very patronising BTEC course and another Driving test.  It's alteady a requirement to have passed your Driving test for over a year and to have CRB checks and to pass council taxi specific exams. To also have to pass a pretty meaningless BTEC (at a cost of £200+) and an additional driving test that really is meaningless with the don't pull up next to a tree so the door will open as part of the test is actually insulting.  This is another example of the minutia put in place by the Labour Government becuse common sense doesn't exist! 

Business De-regulation – Revoke the “Dockyard Ports Regulations 1865” as applicable to Plymouth

Back in 2002 the Dockyard Ports Regulations 1865, as they had previously applied to the Port of Rosyth in Scotland, were revoked to free up Rosyth for commercial port development by Forth Ports Ltd.  A great success story, exemplifying how new uses for historic government assets can stimulate sustainable economic regeneration and employment creation.

When, historically, the Navy employed some 50,000 people in Plymouth (more than one-third of the city's workforce) it made good sense for the the Port to be managed by Ministers and Civil Servants under the Dockyard Ports Regulations 1865.  However, more recent MoD cutbacks and reduced Naval Operational needs mean that today the Navy only employs only circa 1800 people in the City, yet the extensive and under-used Port infrastructure in Devonport and Yonderbury remains managed by Ministers and Civil Servants. 

In the 2010's UK Regional Ports should no longer be managed by government departments.  

So, the Dockayard Ports Regulations 1865, as they continue to apply to the Port of Plymouth, should be revoked (as per the Rosyth precedent), allowing the Port to be fully exploited as a major commercial regional Port under a dedicated competent Port Authority – as a seamless succession strategy to offset ongoing MoD cutbacks.

  

  

Why is this idea important?

Back in 2002 the Dockyard Ports Regulations 1865, as they had previously applied to the Port of Rosyth in Scotland, were revoked to free up Rosyth for commercial port development by Forth Ports Ltd.  A great success story, exemplifying how new uses for historic government assets can stimulate sustainable economic regeneration and employment creation.

When, historically, the Navy employed some 50,000 people in Plymouth (more than one-third of the city's workforce) it made good sense for the the Port to be managed by Ministers and Civil Servants under the Dockyard Ports Regulations 1865.  However, more recent MoD cutbacks and reduced Naval Operational needs mean that today the Navy only employs only circa 1800 people in the City, yet the extensive and under-used Port infrastructure in Devonport and Yonderbury remains managed by Ministers and Civil Servants. 

In the 2010's UK Regional Ports should no longer be managed by government departments.  

So, the Dockayard Ports Regulations 1865, as they continue to apply to the Port of Plymouth, should be revoked (as per the Rosyth precedent), allowing the Port to be fully exploited as a major commercial regional Port under a dedicated competent Port Authority – as a seamless succession strategy to offset ongoing MoD cutbacks.

  

  

End the School Run Traffic Chaos Nightmare

End the “School Run” Nightmare of local traffic chaos around schools and nearby residential roads caused by inconsiderate parents taking their children to school by car.

Parking wardens should patrol local streets during such times and parents leaving unattended cars inconsiderately should face hefty fines, in extreme cases removal of the vehicle if causing an obstruction 

Better still Implement an "Orange" school busses system similar to the USA with frequent stopping places to enable children to join at which point they pay a fare.

For children who live closer encourage walking and cycling to school.

Why is this idea important?

End the “School Run” Nightmare of local traffic chaos around schools and nearby residential roads caused by inconsiderate parents taking their children to school by car.

Parking wardens should patrol local streets during such times and parents leaving unattended cars inconsiderately should face hefty fines, in extreme cases removal of the vehicle if causing an obstruction 

Better still Implement an "Orange" school busses system similar to the USA with frequent stopping places to enable children to join at which point they pay a fare.

For children who live closer encourage walking and cycling to school.

Motor insurance price cap

Motor insurance should cost no more than 20% of the value of the vehicle. The vast majority of policy sales would not be affected by this cap but those buying good, cheap second hand cars like would not face the embarrissing and financially crippling insurance charges we are forced to pay. I live in rural area and as a job seeker need a car in order to be available for work. I have had to borrow money from my family to buy a car and have used my credit card for the insurance. My insurance premium was almost the same as the value of the car despite the fact I have a clean driving licence and over ten years driving experience.     

Why is this idea important?

Motor insurance should cost no more than 20% of the value of the vehicle. The vast majority of policy sales would not be affected by this cap but those buying good, cheap second hand cars like would not face the embarrissing and financially crippling insurance charges we are forced to pay. I live in rural area and as a job seeker need a car in order to be available for work. I have had to borrow money from my family to buy a car and have used my credit card for the insurance. My insurance premium was almost the same as the value of the car despite the fact I have a clean driving licence and over ten years driving experience.     

Less legislation for powered cycles.

Why not relax the requirements for tax and MOT etc. on motorised bicycles.  Currently an electric cycle can be used on the road without these formalities whereas a bicycle with a tiny clip-on engine going no faster than the electric one has to be encumbered with number plates etc.

Why is this idea important?

Why not relax the requirements for tax and MOT etc. on motorised bicycles.  Currently an electric cycle can be used on the road without these formalities whereas a bicycle with a tiny clip-on engine going no faster than the electric one has to be encumbered with number plates etc.

Private roads stay private

I live on an estate of private roads. All the residents have to pay for the upkeep of the rods and lighting etc.

Some of the roads are used as a cut through by a lot of traffic.

The County council disputes our rights. It would cost tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds to fight a legal case.

So we lose 2 ways, we have to pay for the upkeep of roads where probably the majority of users are not residents, or visiting residents.

The law should be clear and fair.

We should either get a contribution from the county, or be allowed to exclude traffic.

Why is this idea important?

I live on an estate of private roads. All the residents have to pay for the upkeep of the rods and lighting etc.

Some of the roads are used as a cut through by a lot of traffic.

The County council disputes our rights. It would cost tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds to fight a legal case.

So we lose 2 ways, we have to pay for the upkeep of roads where probably the majority of users are not residents, or visiting residents.

The law should be clear and fair.

We should either get a contribution from the county, or be allowed to exclude traffic.

Reverse bus deregulation by re-regulation and/or renationalisation

To improve standards on scheduled bus services and raise passenger numbers (particularly outside London), all services should be re-regulated in accordance to:

  • Each service being operated with consistent fleet management policies (ending the scenario where one journey has a low floor minibus with the second journey being operated by a step-entrance double decker bus) with a maximum vehicle age of 15 years old;
  • Allowing greater passenger input into timetable compilation and future service revisions (i.e enhancements, prospective withdrawals);
  • Minimum standards for service indicator layout with full details of route number, destination and details of intermediate stops;
  • Minimum standards of bus used, number of seats per hour and frequencies (similar to the Public Service Requirement in the 1994 Railways Act);
  • The guaranteeing of socially necessary evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday services;
  • Minimum standards of information provision (with real-time information made standard throughout the UK);
  • Offering affordable adult fares, free concessionary fares and a standard rate for all services based on mileage;
  • Abolishing wasteful competition along routes (the bus' main competitors are rail, tram, taxi and car rather than other routes).

Where services need to be taken into public ownership, priority should be given to:

  • All scheduled bus undertakings in rural areas (where access to public services is hampered by distance) and deprived urban areas (where car ownership is lower than average);
  • Metropolitan areas whom in 1986 lost a publicly funded network (as per the 1968 Transport Act) after deregulation. For instance, this could mean the return of South Yorkshire's cheap fares and the reversal of GM Buses' split in 1993;
  • Former municipal operators (i.e Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, Chester City Transport and Plymouth Citybus);
  • All evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday services from Land's End to John O' Groats;
  • All hospital services and school buses.

Why is this idea important?

To improve standards on scheduled bus services and raise passenger numbers (particularly outside London), all services should be re-regulated in accordance to:

  • Each service being operated with consistent fleet management policies (ending the scenario where one journey has a low floor minibus with the second journey being operated by a step-entrance double decker bus) with a maximum vehicle age of 15 years old;
  • Allowing greater passenger input into timetable compilation and future service revisions (i.e enhancements, prospective withdrawals);
  • Minimum standards for service indicator layout with full details of route number, destination and details of intermediate stops;
  • Minimum standards of bus used, number of seats per hour and frequencies (similar to the Public Service Requirement in the 1994 Railways Act);
  • The guaranteeing of socially necessary evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday services;
  • Minimum standards of information provision (with real-time information made standard throughout the UK);
  • Offering affordable adult fares, free concessionary fares and a standard rate for all services based on mileage;
  • Abolishing wasteful competition along routes (the bus' main competitors are rail, tram, taxi and car rather than other routes).

Where services need to be taken into public ownership, priority should be given to:

  • All scheduled bus undertakings in rural areas (where access to public services is hampered by distance) and deprived urban areas (where car ownership is lower than average);
  • Metropolitan areas whom in 1986 lost a publicly funded network (as per the 1968 Transport Act) after deregulation. For instance, this could mean the return of South Yorkshire's cheap fares and the reversal of GM Buses' split in 1993;
  • Former municipal operators (i.e Yellow Buses in Bournemouth, Chester City Transport and Plymouth Citybus);
  • All evening, Sunday and Bank Holiday services from Land's End to John O' Groats;
  • All hospital services and school buses.

Reform the laws for riding motor scooters

Make the CBT permanent so that riders do not have to re-take it every two years. This is unnecessary and acts as a disincentive for people to continue using cheaper, greener transport. 

Abolish the requirement for a CBT for anyone with a full driving license who has held that license for a minimum period – say 5 years. I have been driving for over twenty years, riding scooters and mopeds on and off  over that time. If I want to ride my 125cc scooter, why do I need to take a CBT every 2 years to continue doing so. For what purpose? Why do I have to pay for training that I don't need?

Why is this idea important?

Make the CBT permanent so that riders do not have to re-take it every two years. This is unnecessary and acts as a disincentive for people to continue using cheaper, greener transport. 

Abolish the requirement for a CBT for anyone with a full driving license who has held that license for a minimum period – say 5 years. I have been driving for over twenty years, riding scooters and mopeds on and off  over that time. If I want to ride my 125cc scooter, why do I need to take a CBT every 2 years to continue doing so. For what purpose? Why do I have to pay for training that I don't need?

End the perverse and anti-passenger “performance regime” on the railways

Currently train companies are fined for helping passengers – e.g.by delaying a train to make a connection with a late-running train, or adding extra stops into a service to compensate for a cancelled train in front.

Instead, operators should be rewarded if they achieve a high standard of passenger satisfaction, including planned connections achieved.

Why is this idea important?

Currently train companies are fined for helping passengers – e.g.by delaying a train to make a connection with a late-running train, or adding extra stops into a service to compensate for a cancelled train in front.

Instead, operators should be rewarded if they achieve a high standard of passenger satisfaction, including planned connections achieved.

Removal of Private for profit organisations from law enforcement

I would like to see the law, which allows private for profit organisations to be used for law enforcement, such as on street parking enforcement.

There is no place for these companies in our society, the removal of sections of law enforcement from Police control.

This change in the law has allowed local authorities to boost their coffers by over regulation and over enforcement, as well as boosting the profits of private companies and individuals.

The law also needs to control very rigidly private calamping complanies, who shouild be tightly regulated and licensed.

Neither of the above are controlled sufficiently in the people they employ, they have no CRB checks.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see the law, which allows private for profit organisations to be used for law enforcement, such as on street parking enforcement.

There is no place for these companies in our society, the removal of sections of law enforcement from Police control.

This change in the law has allowed local authorities to boost their coffers by over regulation and over enforcement, as well as boosting the profits of private companies and individuals.

The law also needs to control very rigidly private calamping complanies, who shouild be tightly regulated and licensed.

Neither of the above are controlled sufficiently in the people they employ, they have no CRB checks.

Change the basis of Motor Insurance

Adopt the European system of motor insurance, whereby it's the vehicle that is insured, not the individual.

Enforce the display of insurance & MOT by small windscreen stickers, alongside the Road Fund licence.

Pay a £5 reward to anyone who reports a vehicle which does not comply.

Why is this idea important?

Adopt the European system of motor insurance, whereby it's the vehicle that is insured, not the individual.

Enforce the display of insurance & MOT by small windscreen stickers, alongside the Road Fund licence.

Pay a £5 reward to anyone who reports a vehicle which does not comply.

Remove separate cycle lanes

Often down the sides of dual carriageways and other busy roads, there's a cycle lane.

Very few cyclists seem to use them, most prefer to ride on the carriageway where they get right-of-way over traffic joining the carriageway, and where they don't have as much risk of punctures from broken glass etc.

Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to remove these separate cycle lanes, increase the width of the road for ALL road users, and simply have one of those painted cycle lanes on the left of the main carriageway instead?  After all, that's where the cyclists are anyway!

Why is this idea important?

Often down the sides of dual carriageways and other busy roads, there's a cycle lane.

Very few cyclists seem to use them, most prefer to ride on the carriageway where they get right-of-way over traffic joining the carriageway, and where they don't have as much risk of punctures from broken glass etc.

Wouldn't it make a lot of sense to remove these separate cycle lanes, increase the width of the road for ALL road users, and simply have one of those painted cycle lanes on the left of the main carriageway instead?  After all, that's where the cyclists are anyway!