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.

Use of Mobile Phones in Vehicles

This surely needs to be amended to include the use of mobile phones for calling AND texting whilst in control of ANY vehicle on the road – including bicycles and motorbikes.

Why is this idea important?

This surely needs to be amended to include the use of mobile phones for calling AND texting whilst in control of ANY vehicle on the road – including bicycles and motorbikes.

Reintroduce the HORT/1 “Producer”

Under the current system the Police National Computer Database is assumed to be correct with regard to insurance.  This is not always the case and unfortunately innocent motorists can be fined or have their vehicles impounded on the spot.  I agree with the sentiments of the law but there should be a period where innocence can be proven which the HORT/1 provided.  At the moment guilt is assumed which contravenes the basic understanding of British law.

Why is this idea important?

Under the current system the Police National Computer Database is assumed to be correct with regard to insurance.  This is not always the case and unfortunately innocent motorists can be fined or have their vehicles impounded on the spot.  I agree with the sentiments of the law but there should be a period where innocence can be proven which the HORT/1 provided.  At the moment guilt is assumed which contravenes the basic understanding of British law.

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.

inspect and tax foreign lorries prior to entry to the UK

A lot of the foreign lorries are not up to safety standards when they enter into the UK. Defective brakes, tyres, etc are a big concern. A high volume of drivers have also been involved in accidents and have cost lives and money.

 

As it stands they pay no charges and not even fuel duty as its cheaper for them to fill a tank before entering the UK.

They should pay their way whilst being in the UK and face the same tough inspections and payments as UK drivers.

Why is this idea important?

A lot of the foreign lorries are not up to safety standards when they enter into the UK. Defective brakes, tyres, etc are a big concern. A high volume of drivers have also been involved in accidents and have cost lives and money.

 

As it stands they pay no charges and not even fuel duty as its cheaper for them to fill a tank before entering the UK.

They should pay their way whilst being in the UK and face the same tough inspections and payments as UK drivers.

Curtail the power of the DVLA

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Why is this idea important?

Currently the DVLA has Carte Blanche to impose disproportionate fines on law abiding citizens for the most trivial documentation offences, such as failing to submit SORN or change of vehicle ownership forms in time.  Often these offences are committed purely because the "purpetrator" has failed to keep abreast of ever changing laws, many of which are overly draconian and unnecessary.  There have been countless cases of injustice involving people being fined as a result of forms "being lost in the post" or even as a result of human and computer errors.

The DVLA has the authority to give citizens' personal information, given to it out of legal neccessity, to pretty much anyone who is willing to pay for it, such as private parking enforcement companies, without notifying them.

When an injustice is suffered at the hands of this unaccountable body, there is nowhere to turn.

The power of the DVLA needs to be severely curtailed and "trial by database" must end.

Eating whilst driving

People are currently fined for driving without due care and attention if they are caught eating or drinking whilst driving. This applies not only to drivers balancing a three-course meal on their lap, but also to someone handed a biscuit by a passenger. Meanwhile the law on hand-held mobile 'phones is flouted left, right and centre (for want a £10 earpiece) and millions of drivers are allowed to drive whilst smoking, with all the distractions that this entails. It's not a consistent approach.

Why is this idea important?

People are currently fined for driving without due care and attention if they are caught eating or drinking whilst driving. This applies not only to drivers balancing a three-course meal on their lap, but also to someone handed a biscuit by a passenger. Meanwhile the law on hand-held mobile 'phones is flouted left, right and centre (for want a £10 earpiece) and millions of drivers are allowed to drive whilst smoking, with all the distractions that this entails. It's not a consistent approach.

Relax MOT regulations

Make the date of the first MOT later in the life of the car.

For example: make first MOT manadatory when car is 5 years old (not 3 as now) or has done 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. This saves car owners money and hassle.

It would need research to show this would not materially reduce road safety.

 

Why is this idea important?

Make the date of the first MOT later in the life of the car.

For example: make first MOT manadatory when car is 5 years old (not 3 as now) or has done 60,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. This saves car owners money and hassle.

It would need research to show this would not materially reduce road safety.

 

Remove speed humps from roads

Speed humps are designed to slow cars down but I believe that they prevent drivers from driving up to the speed limit which they are entitled to do.If you want cars to do 20 mph in a 30 mph zone then lower the speed limit to 20 and install speed cameras.Don't have a 30 mph zone and then stop drivers reaching that speed with physical obstructions.Humps damage cars and cause congestion.

Why is this idea important?

Speed humps are designed to slow cars down but I believe that they prevent drivers from driving up to the speed limit which they are entitled to do.If you want cars to do 20 mph in a 30 mph zone then lower the speed limit to 20 and install speed cameras.Don't have a 30 mph zone and then stop drivers reaching that speed with physical obstructions.Humps damage cars and cause congestion.

Abolish road tax

We should abolish road tax as there are to many people dodging it anyway, and most of these appear to be the "boy racer" types. So I propose that road tax be scrapped and instead 5p a litre be put on fuel.

So only those who use excessive amounts fuel actually pay more and the goverment could introduce tax breaks for businesses that use the road a lot, (trucking firms for example).

 

Why is this idea important?

We should abolish road tax as there are to many people dodging it anyway, and most of these appear to be the "boy racer" types. So I propose that road tax be scrapped and instead 5p a litre be put on fuel.

So only those who use excessive amounts fuel actually pay more and the goverment could introduce tax breaks for businesses that use the road a lot, (trucking firms for example).

 

NERC legislation

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

Why is this idea important?

 

Section 67 of the Natural Environment & Rural Communities Act 2006 should be repealed on the grounds that it is a clumsy statute that has caused very unfair and unreasonable impacts to a significant part of the community, often creating absurd situations, rather than solving problems.  There has to be a better and fairer way of addressing the recording and sustainable use of our ancient highways.

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.
 

Motoring offences increase in fines for court hearing

Currently, anyone accused of a motoring offence who chooses to defend the charge in court is faced with the threat of increased fines/penalty. The situation is take the conditional offer of penalty points & a fine or risk greater punishment if found guilty in court. This is a fundamental erosion of the legal principle of 'Innocent until Proven Guilty' and a shocking attack of our rights under English Law.

Why is this idea important?

Currently, anyone accused of a motoring offence who chooses to defend the charge in court is faced with the threat of increased fines/penalty. The situation is take the conditional offer of penalty points & a fine or risk greater punishment if found guilty in court. This is a fundamental erosion of the legal principle of 'Innocent until Proven Guilty' and a shocking attack of our rights under English Law.

Speed Cameras

All speed cameras should be abolished and we should have a return to proper Policing of our roads, not Policing by machine with a total lack of discretion.

Why is this idea important?

All speed cameras should be abolished and we should have a return to proper Policing of our roads, not Policing by machine with a total lack of discretion.

Review Speeding Laws

Speeding (over 70mph) on motorways should be OK if traffic conditions allow – clear road and good conditions, under 85mph should be acceptable, for example.

Speeding (over 30mph) in residential areas should be made stricter with double fines/points around schools (as in America).

All money raised from speeding fines should be ploughed back into the road system.

Police/councils should NOT have to justify speed traps/cameras.

Why is this idea important?

Speeding (over 70mph) on motorways should be OK if traffic conditions allow – clear road and good conditions, under 85mph should be acceptable, for example.

Speeding (over 30mph) in residential areas should be made stricter with double fines/points around schools (as in America).

All money raised from speeding fines should be ploughed back into the road system.

Police/councils should NOT have to justify speed traps/cameras.