Police

Stop using police as a tax collection service and start using them to fight real criminals instead of hard working brits

Why is this idea important?

Stop using police as a tax collection service and start using them to fight real criminals instead of hard working brits

Civil penalties and the Bill of Rights

Civil Penalties are a euphemism for privately imposed fines without the intervention of the courts. They should be replaced with the "opportunity to pay a fixed penalty" and the alternative of going to court. There should be no automatic accelerators of fixed penalties without a court appearance.

Why is this idea important?

Civil Penalties are a euphemism for privately imposed fines without the intervention of the courts. They should be replaced with the "opportunity to pay a fixed penalty" and the alternative of going to court. There should be no automatic accelerators of fixed penalties without a court appearance.

Withdraw the Victim Surcharge

At present all offenders receiving a Fine in Court, irrespective of the nature of their offence or any specific award for compensation to their victim(s), are by law ordered to pay an additional £15 surcharge to the Victim Support fund.  Judges and Magistrates have no discretion in the matter. This Victim Surcharge as it is presently enacted, undermines the principles of Justice and should be withdrawn on the basis that it is unfair, inefficient, ineffective and illogical.

Why is this idea important?

At present all offenders receiving a Fine in Court, irrespective of the nature of their offence or any specific award for compensation to their victim(s), are by law ordered to pay an additional £15 surcharge to the Victim Support fund.  Judges and Magistrates have no discretion in the matter. This Victim Surcharge as it is presently enacted, undermines the principles of Justice and should be withdrawn on the basis that it is unfair, inefficient, ineffective and illogical.

Scrap fixed rate penalties

Scrap all laws which impose or enable others to impose fixed penalties for such offences as driving in a bus lane, dropping litter, parking etc..These laws put those who enforce them in the position of being prosecutor, jury and judge in their court, contrary to natural justice.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap all laws which impose or enable others to impose fixed penalties for such offences as driving in a bus lane, dropping litter, parking etc..These laws put those who enforce them in the position of being prosecutor, jury and judge in their court, contrary to natural justice.

Scrap fixed rate penalties

Scrap all laws which enforce or enable others to enforce fixed penalties for such offences as driving in a bus lane, dropping litter, parking etc..These laws put those who impose the penalties in the position of prosecutor, jury and judge in their own court, contrary to natural justice.

Why is this idea important?

Scrap all laws which enforce or enable others to enforce fixed penalties for such offences as driving in a bus lane, dropping litter, parking etc..These laws put those who impose the penalties in the position of prosecutor, jury and judge in their own court, contrary to natural justice.

REMOVAL OF FINES FOR DISPLAYING PERSONAL REGISTRATION PLATES

The DVLA charge extortionate amounts to purchase private number plates then when you display them you are fined for it.  I think this law needs to be changed.

Maybe the DVLA should ask how you intend to display your plate so if for any reason you are caught breaking the law whilst driving your registration plate can be recorded.

Why is this idea important?

The DVLA charge extortionate amounts to purchase private number plates then when you display them you are fined for it.  I think this law needs to be changed.

Maybe the DVLA should ask how you intend to display your plate so if for any reason you are caught breaking the law whilst driving your registration plate can be recorded.

Diplomatic Immunity non payment of fines should be scrapped

Why should diplomats get away with non payment of motoring fines?  This amounts to a considerable amount of money which the Uk needs. Not only is it the non payment but the attitude that the law doesn't apply to them, Why?? 

Diplomats should have to obey the laws fo the countries they are in, be they foreigners in our country or our people abroad.

Why is this idea important?

Why should diplomats get away with non payment of motoring fines?  This amounts to a considerable amount of money which the Uk needs. Not only is it the non payment but the attitude that the law doesn't apply to them, Why?? 

Diplomats should have to obey the laws fo the countries they are in, be they foreigners in our country or our people abroad.

Why should i be fined for putting my bin out the evening before?

 

Remove the council's legal powers for being able to actually fine people for putting their bins out the night or day before, in a completely understandable scenario. Obviously if the bins are all over the street in a mess that is a different matter, but put in a clean wheel-bin is perfectly fine.

Why is this idea important?

 

Remove the council's legal powers for being able to actually fine people for putting their bins out the night or day before, in a completely understandable scenario. Obviously if the bins are all over the street in a mess that is a different matter, but put in a clean wheel-bin is perfectly fine.

Tougher and fairer fines for criminals

Fines issued to criminals by the court are often very small in comparison to the amount of damage caused or property stolen. For example and individual who stolen a car and caused £1000’s of damage to other peoples cars while joy riding only for them to receive a £100 fine and a suspension.

This has to stop, criminals should be held accountable for a significant, if not the full cost of any damage done to another individuals property. This should include making good any damage and replacement of any property taken.

Obviously there will be additional cost to running a system like this for which an admin fee should be passed to the criminal.

Why is this idea important?

Fines issued to criminals by the court are often very small in comparison to the amount of damage caused or property stolen. For example and individual who stolen a car and caused £1000’s of damage to other peoples cars while joy riding only for them to receive a £100 fine and a suspension.

This has to stop, criminals should be held accountable for a significant, if not the full cost of any damage done to another individuals property. This should include making good any damage and replacement of any property taken.

Obviously there will be additional cost to running a system like this for which an admin fee should be passed to the criminal.

Speed Camera Fines for Charity (not for more speed cameras)

I propose that speed camera fines should go to charity rather than funding yet more speed cameras.  The current self-funding camera distribution wont stop until every road in the UK has at least one speed camera.

Drivers would be more accepting of speed camera if the knew that the fines we're handed back to the community to make it better place.

However, there should also be a provision to stop government from offsetting this with government funded charitable donations. 

Ideally, fines collected in a county would be re-distributed in that county's community.

Why is this idea important?

I propose that speed camera fines should go to charity rather than funding yet more speed cameras.  The current self-funding camera distribution wont stop until every road in the UK has at least one speed camera.

Drivers would be more accepting of speed camera if the knew that the fines we're handed back to the community to make it better place.

However, there should also be a provision to stop government from offsetting this with government funded charitable donations. 

Ideally, fines collected in a county would be re-distributed in that county's community.

CAR CLAMPING – Stop labour’s legalised blackmail racket!

Repeal the provisions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 that make car clamping and towing a licensable activity.  Law abiding motorists are having their cars taken away in dubious circumstances and held for ransom under the present system.

Without Labour's legislation allowing them to do this, the clampers would be making an unwarranted demand and be guilty of blackmail under S14 of the Theft Act 1968.

Labour's SIA racket has effectively legalised blackmail and law abiding, tax-paying motorists are being made to suffer extortion at the hands of some highly questionable individuals.

At the very least, the new government should investigate how many people the SIA has licensed to clamp cars that have been convicted of serious criminal offences.  Those at the top of this quango should be held accountable for their actions if they have been selling convicted criminals licences to blackmail law abiding motorists.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

Repeal the provisions of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 that make car clamping and towing a licensable activity.  Law abiding motorists are having their cars taken away in dubious circumstances and held for ransom under the present system.

Without Labour's legislation allowing them to do this, the clampers would be making an unwarranted demand and be guilty of blackmail under S14 of the Theft Act 1968.

Labour's SIA racket has effectively legalised blackmail and law abiding, tax-paying motorists are being made to suffer extortion at the hands of some highly questionable individuals.

At the very least, the new government should investigate how many people the SIA has licensed to clamp cars that have been convicted of serious criminal offences.  Those at the top of this quango should be held accountable for their actions if they have been selling convicted criminals licences to blackmail law abiding motorists.

 

 

Urinating in public places

As a serving police officer i find it incredibly fustrating at the red tape involved in prosecuting a person for urinating in a public place. Document this, that record this that. Urinating in a public place is disgusting, can cause disease and smells, and cost the councils money to clean. However it has become so common on weekend evenings that it has become technically unmanageable, and officers will often choose to verbally warn offenders due to the time consuming current prosecution methods, for fear of being embroiled in a paper process when often it is our busiest times.

The introduction of a simple fixed penalty ticket, which does not require officers to fingerprint, etc afterwards to be issued there and then for the offence of urinating in a public place. I would suggest £30 fine with only the name dob and address required to be recorded in case of non payment. (No need to record as a crime or on any databses or record as a statistic for any department, just a simple fine to clean up out streets, and no limit to how many you can be issued.) 

Why is this idea important?

As a serving police officer i find it incredibly fustrating at the red tape involved in prosecuting a person for urinating in a public place. Document this, that record this that. Urinating in a public place is disgusting, can cause disease and smells, and cost the councils money to clean. However it has become so common on weekend evenings that it has become technically unmanageable, and officers will often choose to verbally warn offenders due to the time consuming current prosecution methods, for fear of being embroiled in a paper process when often it is our busiest times.

The introduction of a simple fixed penalty ticket, which does not require officers to fingerprint, etc afterwards to be issued there and then for the offence of urinating in a public place. I would suggest £30 fine with only the name dob and address required to be recorded in case of non payment. (No need to record as a crime or on any databses or record as a statistic for any department, just a simple fine to clean up out streets, and no limit to how many you can be issued.) 

Congestion charge fines trap

The congestion charge fines are incredible traps for all drivers. I think its unfair for government and councils to setup such traps. Everyone should be given a reasonable amount of time (1 month) to pay fines – not just days and weeks while it escalates and becomes difficult.

for instance, missed the second day, and you can't pay until you get a £50 fine, and then you got 2 weeks to pay before it becomes £100 .. and then grows further every two weeks. If you are under financial strain this becomes incredibly difficult and is a harsh punishment for not remembering to pay in 24 hours. I believe most people intend to pay.. and obviously people forget (henceforth the reason for the trap as a revenue earner)

Why is this idea important?

The congestion charge fines are incredible traps for all drivers. I think its unfair for government and councils to setup such traps. Everyone should be given a reasonable amount of time (1 month) to pay fines – not just days and weeks while it escalates and becomes difficult.

for instance, missed the second day, and you can't pay until you get a £50 fine, and then you got 2 weeks to pay before it becomes £100 .. and then grows further every two weeks. If you are under financial strain this becomes incredibly difficult and is a harsh punishment for not remembering to pay in 24 hours. I believe most people intend to pay.. and obviously people forget (henceforth the reason for the trap as a revenue earner)

Stop councils using CCTV to levy fines where a Policeman wouldn’t

It is unjust that a council can levy a fine against a motorist who has been observed comitting a minor offense by a CCTV operator who doesn't know the area he is observing. Only warrant-card carrying Police officers should be able to initiate a fine.

Why is this idea important?

It is unjust that a council can levy a fine against a motorist who has been observed comitting a minor offense by a CCTV operator who doesn't know the area he is observing. Only warrant-card carrying Police officers should be able to initiate a fine.

Decent doorstep rubbish collections with no petty rules, charges or penalties

Collect people's rubbish in a convenient and timely manner that enables increased recycling.  Don't put draconian and petty rules in place around this that look stupid when reported on the front page of the Mail.

– Incentivise people to recycle, don't penalise by charges and fines/threats.  Re: ridiculous case of  criminal charges for a piece of paper sneaking into the glass recycling. 

– Offer greater doorstep recycling options. 

– Enabling collection of excess rubbish – with bi-weekly collections it's easy to go 4-6 weeks without a bin collection if you're away a lot, big family christmas, bins not currently collected if left 1cm open…  Re: ridiculous case of  £200 fine for bin left open a few cm. 

 – No silly legislation over timing of when bins are left out – if you're away what else are you meant to do, especially if collections are already bi-weekly?

 

Why is this idea important?

Collect people's rubbish in a convenient and timely manner that enables increased recycling.  Don't put draconian and petty rules in place around this that look stupid when reported on the front page of the Mail.

– Incentivise people to recycle, don't penalise by charges and fines/threats.  Re: ridiculous case of  criminal charges for a piece of paper sneaking into the glass recycling. 

– Offer greater doorstep recycling options. 

– Enabling collection of excess rubbish – with bi-weekly collections it's easy to go 4-6 weeks without a bin collection if you're away a lot, big family christmas, bins not currently collected if left 1cm open…  Re: ridiculous case of  £200 fine for bin left open a few cm. 

 – No silly legislation over timing of when bins are left out – if you're away what else are you meant to do, especially if collections are already bi-weekly?

 

14 days to pay parking fines

Apparantly this a central government rulling, that allows local councils to issue tickets and encourage payment of half the amount if paid with 14 days. The trouble is a lot of us get paid at the end of the month – so we are discriminited against already

Why is this idea important?

Apparantly this a central government rulling, that allows local councils to issue tickets and encourage payment of half the amount if paid with 14 days. The trouble is a lot of us get paid at the end of the month – so we are discriminited against already

Remove all speed limits on motorways

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.
 

Why is this idea important?

The current 70mph limit on our motorways is woefully outdated,
in the real world how many drivers actually abide by it?

I suggest a removal of the motorway speed limit, to be replaced by more charges of careless or dangerous driving.
Consider this,

Person A is driving on a motorway at 6am on clear dry Sunday morning,very few vehicles on the road.
They are travelling at 100mph.

Person B is driving on the same motorway in winter at a busy period,
weaving in and out of traffic at 70mph.

Who is more dangerous?

We need less arbitary rules and a move towards common sense allowing police to exercise their judgement.