ATOL and EU Travel & Package Regulations

I would like to see a change in the ATOL regulations as well as a major change in the EU Travel & Package Regulations in order to help new businesses set up easier, protect and supports small operators and scrap unfair rules and regulations.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to see a change in the ATOL regulations as well as a major change in the EU Travel & Package Regulations in order to help new businesses set up easier, protect and supports small operators and scrap unfair rules and regulations.

Yellow Lines

Remove the law that allows Yellow Lines to be painted on roads. Other laws – such as 'Causing an obstruction' – were perfectly satisfactory.

Yellow lines are usually applied by well-meaning (but otherwise often ill-informed) local councils on just about every road within their jurisdiction. The result is, with no parking allowed almost anywhere, every other square foot of horzontal space has a price tag. Unscrupulous landowners and wheel-clamping companies are then able to make small fortunes from innocent motorists who have no option but to pay exorbitant parking charges or risk the threat of clamping.

Often, lines are applied in otherwise picturesque towns and villages where they are totally unnecessary. This defaces the roads and spoils the look of most rural towns and villages.

I left England for France partly because I could not park outside my own house. The town had been by-passed six years earlier when no yellow lines existed. Following the opening of the by-pass, my road (which had been the main road from Cornwall and Plymouth to the rest of the world) was vandalised with double yellow lines along both sides for its full length despite there no longer being any traffic.

Except in the centres of the larger towns and cities, no such parking restrictions (and no clamping) exist in France and there are no problems. Britain could learn a lot from studying parking fcailities in rural France.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the law that allows Yellow Lines to be painted on roads. Other laws – such as 'Causing an obstruction' – were perfectly satisfactory.

Yellow lines are usually applied by well-meaning (but otherwise often ill-informed) local councils on just about every road within their jurisdiction. The result is, with no parking allowed almost anywhere, every other square foot of horzontal space has a price tag. Unscrupulous landowners and wheel-clamping companies are then able to make small fortunes from innocent motorists who have no option but to pay exorbitant parking charges or risk the threat of clamping.

Often, lines are applied in otherwise picturesque towns and villages where they are totally unnecessary. This defaces the roads and spoils the look of most rural towns and villages.

I left England for France partly because I could not park outside my own house. The town had been by-passed six years earlier when no yellow lines existed. Following the opening of the by-pass, my road (which had been the main road from Cornwall and Plymouth to the rest of the world) was vandalised with double yellow lines along both sides for its full length despite there no longer being any traffic.

Except in the centres of the larger towns and cities, no such parking restrictions (and no clamping) exist in France and there are no problems. Britain could learn a lot from studying parking fcailities in rural France.

Scrap SVA legislation and infrastructure

The SVA legilation, ensuring kit built or imported vehicles meet certain 'standards' over and above the current MOT legislation, and it's infrastructure should be scrapped.

Why is this idea important?

The SVA legilation, ensuring kit built or imported vehicles meet certain 'standards' over and above the current MOT legislation, and it's infrastructure should be scrapped.

Remove restrictions on ‘undertaking’ on motorways

Allow traffic to overtake on the left on motorways / multi-lane highways, subject to normal overtaking rules about it being safe to do so and not cutting in.

Why is this idea important?

Allow traffic to overtake on the left on motorways / multi-lane highways, subject to normal overtaking rules about it being safe to do so and not cutting in.

Abolish the road fund licence -(Road Tax)

Abolish road tax and add it to the cost of fuel This way the people that use the roads the most will pay accordingly. This is a fairer method and will also take care of the road tax dodgers. The cost saving in administration will help towards the deficit. There will be no need for the adverts, printing of the tax disc, the reminders sent out from the DVLC, no more spy vans, police time not wasted in checking and booking defaulters, and the annual loss of revenue due to tax dodgers will disappear.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish road tax and add it to the cost of fuel This way the people that use the roads the most will pay accordingly. This is a fairer method and will also take care of the road tax dodgers. The cost saving in administration will help towards the deficit. There will be no need for the adverts, printing of the tax disc, the reminders sent out from the DVLC, no more spy vans, police time not wasted in checking and booking defaulters, and the annual loss of revenue due to tax dodgers will disappear.

Remove the need to register as a motor trader

Having just set up a small business registering and selling ex military vehicles, we have been told we need to register with the local authority even though we only sell a handfull of vehicles per year.  This costs us approx. £250 for no gain.

Why is this idea important?

Having just set up a small business registering and selling ex military vehicles, we have been told we need to register with the local authority even though we only sell a handfull of vehicles per year.  This costs us approx. £250 for no gain.

MotorWay Steps

Driving down the motorway I see that someone has erected steps and a hand rail to junction boxes halfway up the embankments. There must be thousands of these steps on the motorways all leading to small electrical boxes.

I can only presume that the idea is for the engineer working in these junction boxes needs steps to walk up and down. I would love someone to tell me how much all these steps cost and could we not just ask the engineer to walk up the embankment slope (which are not really that steep)

Even the highway code asks familys to walk up the embankment if your car breaksdown so I am sure an engineer could do it.

Why is this idea important?

Driving down the motorway I see that someone has erected steps and a hand rail to junction boxes halfway up the embankments. There must be thousands of these steps on the motorways all leading to small electrical boxes.

I can only presume that the idea is for the engineer working in these junction boxes needs steps to walk up and down. I would love someone to tell me how much all these steps cost and could we not just ask the engineer to walk up the embankment slope (which are not really that steep)

Even the highway code asks familys to walk up the embankment if your car breaksdown so I am sure an engineer could do it.

Remove need to display road tax disc

Remove the offence of failure to display road tax disc.  The DVLA has a record of vehicle tax anyway – so should automatically inform police of unpaid tax anyway.  Would reduce enforcment costs.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the offence of failure to display road tax disc.  The DVLA has a record of vehicle tax anyway – so should automatically inform police of unpaid tax anyway.  Would reduce enforcment costs.

Remove Road Clutter

There has been a significant increase in road clutter in the form of signs, pedestrain crossings, lollypop ladies, speed humps, speed cameras, speed restrictions and worst of all, the dreaded thing that blocks half the road for traffic entering a village so they have to stop and give way to those exiting the village.

 

Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with the principal speed limits and traffic crossings on busy roads but what on earth happened to:

 

stop, look, listen and good old 60,40,30,20 mph zones

I dread to think how much public money is wasted on this road clutter. I believe there have been a few pilot tests in some parts of the country where all road clutter has been removed and it has resulted in an all round safer environment.

Why is this idea important?

There has been a significant increase in road clutter in the form of signs, pedestrain crossings, lollypop ladies, speed humps, speed cameras, speed restrictions and worst of all, the dreaded thing that blocks half the road for traffic entering a village so they have to stop and give way to those exiting the village.

 

Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with the principal speed limits and traffic crossings on busy roads but what on earth happened to:

 

stop, look, listen and good old 60,40,30,20 mph zones

I dread to think how much public money is wasted on this road clutter. I believe there have been a few pilot tests in some parts of the country where all road clutter has been removed and it has resulted in an all round safer environment.

Drivers 48 hour rule

To make drivers hours easier and simple to follow keep the hours 48 hours a week no more. The way hours are calculated is over a 26 week period with working time driving time and periods of availability  you can still be at work 60 hours + a week and transport companies are finding a way round this to work you harder  , no other working enviroment  has to do a 48 hour week this way so why h.g.v transport.

Why is this idea important?

To make drivers hours easier and simple to follow keep the hours 48 hours a week no more. The way hours are calculated is over a 26 week period with working time driving time and periods of availability  you can still be at work 60 hours + a week and transport companies are finding a way round this to work you harder  , no other working enviroment  has to do a 48 hour week this way so why h.g.v transport.

non UK HGV’s

All non UK HGV's should be made to obey UK traffic laws before they are entittled to use UK road space. There is a problem with speeding and roadworthiness that is becoming worse. The UK seems to have no way of collecting speeding fines from foreign drivers so they flout the laws, because they know there is no penalty for doing so. The driving standards then drop and this then leads to more accidents on our roads. The answer is some sort of ANPR system, which is already proven to work, linked to the exit ports. If an outstanding fine is not paid then impound the vehicle or hold it at the docks until it is. There also needs to be some kind of inspection of Trucks entering the country, by an authority such as VOSA to ensure roadworthiness and conformation to UK laws,in particuler those relating to mirrors to cover blind spots. I am sure if this was put into action then non UK drivers would learn you can't flout UK laws. Lastly if a UK driver is caught speeding on the continent the fine must be paid, at the side of the road before the truck can move again.

Why is this idea important?

All non UK HGV's should be made to obey UK traffic laws before they are entittled to use UK road space. There is a problem with speeding and roadworthiness that is becoming worse. The UK seems to have no way of collecting speeding fines from foreign drivers so they flout the laws, because they know there is no penalty for doing so. The driving standards then drop and this then leads to more accidents on our roads. The answer is some sort of ANPR system, which is already proven to work, linked to the exit ports. If an outstanding fine is not paid then impound the vehicle or hold it at the docks until it is. There also needs to be some kind of inspection of Trucks entering the country, by an authority such as VOSA to ensure roadworthiness and conformation to UK laws,in particuler those relating to mirrors to cover blind spots. I am sure if this was put into action then non UK drivers would learn you can't flout UK laws. Lastly if a UK driver is caught speeding on the continent the fine must be paid, at the side of the road before the truck can move again.

Not Guilty Court Costs !

There was a fundemental 'shift' in the courts whereby any 'MOTORIST' who pleaded NOT GUILTY, and was found by the courts to be 'NOT GUILTY'  would have to pay the Court costs, INCLUDING the Police costs.

Not so, with alledged Murderers, Rapists, and Drug Dealers etc., just Motorists.

This Discriminatory change in the Law should be repealled !

If not, then WHY NOT ?

WHY only Motorists ?

Is this a method of putting pressure on the Motorist, so that they woill plead 'Guilty' … Pay the £60., or whatever because they cannot afford any 'NOT GUILTY' Court Costs ?

This is NOT Justice, but Financial Blackmail, and should be repealled IMMEDIATELY !

Why is this idea important?

There was a fundemental 'shift' in the courts whereby any 'MOTORIST' who pleaded NOT GUILTY, and was found by the courts to be 'NOT GUILTY'  would have to pay the Court costs, INCLUDING the Police costs.

Not so, with alledged Murderers, Rapists, and Drug Dealers etc., just Motorists.

This Discriminatory change in the Law should be repealled !

If not, then WHY NOT ?

WHY only Motorists ?

Is this a method of putting pressure on the Motorist, so that they woill plead 'Guilty' … Pay the £60., or whatever because they cannot afford any 'NOT GUILTY' Court Costs ?

This is NOT Justice, but Financial Blackmail, and should be repealled IMMEDIATELY !

Regulation of passenger boats on canals

Remove responsibility for regulation of passenger boats and their crews on canals from the Maritime Coastguard Agency and place it on British Waterways or the individual Navigation Authority for non-BW canals.

Why is this idea important?

Remove responsibility for regulation of passenger boats and their crews on canals from the Maritime Coastguard Agency and place it on British Waterways or the individual Navigation Authority for non-BW canals.

Motorcycle Helmet Law

I would like to remove the anomaly under British law that makes motorcyclists the only group required by statute to wear a specific item of apparel to use public roads. We already pay for the pleasure in road and petrol taxes.

The only person affected by this anachronistic law is the rider, and they should have the freedom to choose.

Why is this idea important?

I would like to remove the anomaly under British law that makes motorcyclists the only group required by statute to wear a specific item of apparel to use public roads. We already pay for the pleasure in road and petrol taxes.

The only person affected by this anachronistic law is the rider, and they should have the freedom to choose.

Drivers CPC regulations

The current regulation for HGV drivers to take a drivers cpc should be dropped. HGV drivers know how to do their jobs without putting more red tape in their way. We do not need to pass a course to tell us what our maximum weight and lenght should be. All this is covered in the current driving test, which is already one of the toughest in the world. I think it is about time we were allowed to get on with our jobs without more pressure, there is enough of that just trying to earn a living.

Why is this idea important?

The current regulation for HGV drivers to take a drivers cpc should be dropped. HGV drivers know how to do their jobs without putting more red tape in their way. We do not need to pass a course to tell us what our maximum weight and lenght should be. All this is covered in the current driving test, which is already one of the toughest in the world. I think it is about time we were allowed to get on with our jobs without more pressure, there is enough of that just trying to earn a living.

Scrap the toll booths at the M25 Dartford Crossing

The queues to the toll booths at the Dartford Crossing are abominable. Scrap the toll booths at each end and the traffic will flow smoothly. The congestion in this area is beyond a joke. It regularly takes and hour to an hour and a half just to travel from the previous junction to the crossing. This must cost businesses a fortune in terms of time wasted, and for the individual it is the most frustrating experience.

We were promised that once the Bridge was paid for the toll would be abolished.

Why is this idea important?

The queues to the toll booths at the Dartford Crossing are abominable. Scrap the toll booths at each end and the traffic will flow smoothly. The congestion in this area is beyond a joke. It regularly takes and hour to an hour and a half just to travel from the previous junction to the crossing. This must cost businesses a fortune in terms of time wasted, and for the individual it is the most frustrating experience.

We were promised that once the Bridge was paid for the toll would be abolished.

Reduce RTAs by a 12 month probationary period following a driving test pass.

A high percentage of serious accidents are caused by inexperienced drivers.  While most new drivers are responsible, a person can pass their driving test and then ignore all they have learnt and drive recklessly.  Passing a test does not make a good driver.  This only comes with experience. In fact a driver never stops learning.

I propose that when a person passes their test  the terms of their licence state that if they are convicted of a moving traffic offence within 12 months they must  apply for another test.  If they do not take this within 3 months they automatically revert to a provisional licence. Parking offences would be excluded as they are not generally hazardous.

An alternative, to reduce convicted drivers to a provisonal licence immediately on conviction, is undesirable, as this may cause severe problems for those relying on their vehicle for work etc.

Why is this idea important?

A high percentage of serious accidents are caused by inexperienced drivers.  While most new drivers are responsible, a person can pass their driving test and then ignore all they have learnt and drive recklessly.  Passing a test does not make a good driver.  This only comes with experience. In fact a driver never stops learning.

I propose that when a person passes their test  the terms of their licence state that if they are convicted of a moving traffic offence within 12 months they must  apply for another test.  If they do not take this within 3 months they automatically revert to a provisional licence. Parking offences would be excluded as they are not generally hazardous.

An alternative, to reduce convicted drivers to a provisonal licence immediately on conviction, is undesirable, as this may cause severe problems for those relying on their vehicle for work etc.

Replace Road tax by adding the cost to the price of fuel

Road tax is a pain to deal with for the population and requires a department to administer it, print/produce tax discs and gives the police another regulation to have to monitor and prosecute over.

Divide the annual revenue from Road tax by the amount of fuel sold annually and add that to the price of fuel. This will have the added benefit of punishing those who use the most fuel so helping to reduce annual milage or increase the drive to fuel efficient vehicles. ITS A GREEN TAX ASWELL THEN!

To implement all that needs to be done is to pro rater the next tax discs based on them all ending on the same date, say 12 months from announcement. So implementation due on the 1st Jan 2012, all tax discs bought in the 12 months prior to that will end on that date.

Why is this idea important?

Road tax is a pain to deal with for the population and requires a department to administer it, print/produce tax discs and gives the police another regulation to have to monitor and prosecute over.

Divide the annual revenue from Road tax by the amount of fuel sold annually and add that to the price of fuel. This will have the added benefit of punishing those who use the most fuel so helping to reduce annual milage or increase the drive to fuel efficient vehicles. ITS A GREEN TAX ASWELL THEN!

To implement all that needs to be done is to pro rater the next tax discs based on them all ending on the same date, say 12 months from announcement. So implementation due on the 1st Jan 2012, all tax discs bought in the 12 months prior to that will end on that date.

4 mph over 30mph limit

How about some kind of attempt at fairness. I am a 66 year old driver. I have neen driving since age 18 and never had any kind of speeding fine or other driving related fine and up until this year my licence was blemishless. Since 2009 I have been twice convicted and fined for speeding….inadvertantly  doing 34mph in a 30mph zone. Not only has this cost me, a pensioner, a lot of monet, I now have 6 points on my licence and if this stupidity continues and I  get another  unfair speeding charge. I will loose my licence. I live in a very remote place and no licence means no life. How can such a system be fair or even useful? This is simply another diguised tax and the pressure of continually looking at a speedo and for speed cameras probably hinders concentration on actual driving and causes more accidents than it ever prevents. Sure if one is speeding well over the limit a large fine is appropriate and if repeated points should be put on licence but 4 miles ph over is outrageous. No consideration of 50 years of good citizen behaviour is a breech of civil rights this system is tantamount to giving a first time burglar 15 years preventive sentence in prison.

Why is this idea important?

How about some kind of attempt at fairness. I am a 66 year old driver. I have neen driving since age 18 and never had any kind of speeding fine or other driving related fine and up until this year my licence was blemishless. Since 2009 I have been twice convicted and fined for speeding….inadvertantly  doing 34mph in a 30mph zone. Not only has this cost me, a pensioner, a lot of monet, I now have 6 points on my licence and if this stupidity continues and I  get another  unfair speeding charge. I will loose my licence. I live in a very remote place and no licence means no life. How can such a system be fair or even useful? This is simply another diguised tax and the pressure of continually looking at a speedo and for speed cameras probably hinders concentration on actual driving and causes more accidents than it ever prevents. Sure if one is speeding well over the limit a large fine is appropriate and if repeated points should be put on licence but 4 miles ph over is outrageous. No consideration of 50 years of good citizen behaviour is a breech of civil rights this system is tantamount to giving a first time burglar 15 years preventive sentence in prison.

End the M4 bus lane and others like it

The m4 bus lane (and I suspect others like it) lies empty most of the time, while drivers are stuck in traffic jams on the remaining lanes.  This is doing nothing for the environment and is a ridiculous way to manage traffic space.  Scrap this stupid idea, after all it was Prescott that trumpeted what a great idea it was……

Why is this idea important?

The m4 bus lane (and I suspect others like it) lies empty most of the time, while drivers are stuck in traffic jams on the remaining lanes.  This is doing nothing for the environment and is a ridiculous way to manage traffic space.  Scrap this stupid idea, after all it was Prescott that trumpeted what a great idea it was……

Countryside & Right of Way Act 2000 Amendment re: RUPPs

The Countryside & Right of Way Act 2000 was amended such that RUPPs (Roads Used as Public Paths) were prohibited to vehicular traffic.

This closed access to the countryside to a range of previously legal activities.

Restore this access.

Why is this idea important?

The Countryside & Right of Way Act 2000 was amended such that RUPPs (Roads Used as Public Paths) were prohibited to vehicular traffic.

This closed access to the countryside to a range of previously legal activities.

Restore this access.