Raise 40 mph limit for HGV’s to 45 mph (on a trail basis)

The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.

There is also an environmental issue here as you are not quite able to achieve top gear at 40 mph. Raising it to 45 mph would save fuel and reduce the frustration of the following car drivers as their speedo's would read 50 mph.

It would also stop/ reduce the crazy overtaking manoeuvres.

Why is this idea important?

The 40 mph limit for goods vehicles is outdated – They have air-brakes now and with disc brakes using ABS, EBS and some have engine brakes and retarders.

There is also an environmental issue here as you are not quite able to achieve top gear at 40 mph. Raising it to 45 mph would save fuel and reduce the frustration of the following car drivers as their speedo's would read 50 mph.

It would also stop/ reduce the crazy overtaking manoeuvres.

Remove the 40mph rule for lorries

The rule that restricts most lorries from driving at more than 40 mph on non-dual carraigeway roads is presumably there in an attempt to increase safety, but is actually positively dangerous, and should be repealed.

Why is this idea important?

The rule that restricts most lorries from driving at more than 40 mph on non-dual carraigeway roads is presumably there in an attempt to increase safety, but is actually positively dangerous, and should be repealed.

New teenage drivers should have their driving freedom limited

Other countries of the world, including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong, limit the driving freedom of new teenage drivers.  My favourites are:

  • For the first 12 / 18 months the only passengers that can be carried are parents or siblings
  • Driving is prohibited during certain night time hours
  • Speed restrictions apply
  • Size of engines are restricted

Research is best undertaken in the UK not only with insurance companies but also the drivers of breakdown lorries who pick up the mess off the roads.  They will tell you the incidence of young people in over-powerful cars, which I gather is anything over 1200cc.

Why is this idea important?

Other countries of the world, including the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Hong Kong, limit the driving freedom of new teenage drivers.  My favourites are:

  • For the first 12 / 18 months the only passengers that can be carried are parents or siblings
  • Driving is prohibited during certain night time hours
  • Speed restrictions apply
  • Size of engines are restricted

Research is best undertaken in the UK not only with insurance companies but also the drivers of breakdown lorries who pick up the mess off the roads.  They will tell you the incidence of young people in over-powerful cars, which I gather is anything over 1200cc.

Review of Graduated Speed Restrictions required

Calculated to reduce road traffic accidents and fatalies, implementation of the current national road strategy has seen a rash of graduated speed restrictions spring up country wide. The purpose of these restrictions being to constrain vehicles to lower speeds as they approach built-up areas. This is an excellent method of governing entry to those restricted areas.

However the manner in which this idea has been implemented is ill conceived. The restriction is unnecessarily applied to traffic travelling out of those same built-up areas. At the point where they would previously have been entering a national speed limit zone, motorists are now restricted for a further distance. This encourages frustration and bad road manners in drivers, with many attempting to overtake rashly and putting other road users in danger. This of course makes them law breakers and subject to legislation. In turn, this puts greater pressure on our overworked policing & justice systems and added burden on the tax payers pocket.

This same idea has been successfully adopted elsewhere internationally with the graduation applied only to traffic entering restricted zones – not those leaving. The governement should consider lifting this needless restriction. 

Why is this idea important?

Calculated to reduce road traffic accidents and fatalies, implementation of the current national road strategy has seen a rash of graduated speed restrictions spring up country wide. The purpose of these restrictions being to constrain vehicles to lower speeds as they approach built-up areas. This is an excellent method of governing entry to those restricted areas.

However the manner in which this idea has been implemented is ill conceived. The restriction is unnecessarily applied to traffic travelling out of those same built-up areas. At the point where they would previously have been entering a national speed limit zone, motorists are now restricted for a further distance. This encourages frustration and bad road manners in drivers, with many attempting to overtake rashly and putting other road users in danger. This of course makes them law breakers and subject to legislation. In turn, this puts greater pressure on our overworked policing & justice systems and added burden on the tax payers pocket.

This same idea has been successfully adopted elsewhere internationally with the graduation applied only to traffic entering restricted zones – not those leaving. The governement should consider lifting this needless restriction. 

Car Tax Discs Scrapped for MOT discs

At the moment a whole government department issues pieces of paper for us to stick in our windscreens. If these are exchanged for MOT discs issued when the vehicle is tested, then the vehicle can be immediately and visibly identified as roadworthy. Money can be saved on issuing tax discs. Lives could be saved by removed unsafe vehicles. The tax revenue can either be charged as part of the MOT fee, or can be added to fuel to charge road users according to usage.

Why is this idea important?

At the moment a whole government department issues pieces of paper for us to stick in our windscreens. If these are exchanged for MOT discs issued when the vehicle is tested, then the vehicle can be immediately and visibly identified as roadworthy. Money can be saved on issuing tax discs. Lives could be saved by removed unsafe vehicles. The tax revenue can either be charged as part of the MOT fee, or can be added to fuel to charge road users according to usage.

CARAVAN Stabilisers to be mandated.

The compulsory fitting of simple stabilisers between the caravan and the car / towing vehicle to virtuareduce / eliminate the potential for the caravan to 'snake' and turn itself and the towing vehicle / car over.

Why is this idea important?

The compulsory fitting of simple stabilisers between the caravan and the car / towing vehicle to virtuareduce / eliminate the potential for the caravan to 'snake' and turn itself and the towing vehicle / car over.

Traffic lights – abolish “Red and Amber”

Abolish the "Get Set" stage of our traffic lights, leaving Red (On your marks) and Green (Go!) operative only. Amber will only light to signal the lights are changing to red.

Why is this idea important?

Abolish the "Get Set" stage of our traffic lights, leaving Red (On your marks) and Green (Go!) operative only. Amber will only light to signal the lights are changing to red.

Cyclists

Repeal whatever daft law permits cycists on the road with having taken no driving test and not having paid for a licence and who do not display a registration number.

 

No-one should be permitted on the road unless they have been properly trained.  This is in the interests of cyclists most of all.

 

Then start to enforce against cyclists and motorcyclists whose dangerous driving is a menace to everyone.  (Not all I hasten to add.  A small minority are capable and safe).

Why is this idea important?

Repeal whatever daft law permits cycists on the road with having taken no driving test and not having paid for a licence and who do not display a registration number.

 

No-one should be permitted on the road unless they have been properly trained.  This is in the interests of cyclists most of all.

 

Then start to enforce against cyclists and motorcyclists whose dangerous driving is a menace to everyone.  (Not all I hasten to add.  A small minority are capable and safe).

Stop reducing speed limits to quite inappropriate levels

Stop encouraging speed limits to be widely reduced as a general alleged contribution to road safety. Restore some common sense into the control of motorists and encourage better driving habits and better road engineering. Only the few law abiding motorists take much notice of, and hence suffer from, these silly speed limits and they suffer the wrath of those who seem to get away with taking little notice. Nobody seems to have recently read the Highway Code and they certainly do not observe it. For instance how many parents hold the hands of their children when walking them to school as required by the Highway Code. Also restore Police Traffic patrols with a mandate to warn and advise motorists except where driving behaviour is very dangerous.

IUt would also be a good idea to introduce differing speed limits eg higher speeeds overnight, reduced motorway speeds in the lane next to road works with say 10mph higher speeds in the adjoining lane. Lowwr speeds outside schools for the busy times only.

Why is this idea important?

Stop encouraging speed limits to be widely reduced as a general alleged contribution to road safety. Restore some common sense into the control of motorists and encourage better driving habits and better road engineering. Only the few law abiding motorists take much notice of, and hence suffer from, these silly speed limits and they suffer the wrath of those who seem to get away with taking little notice. Nobody seems to have recently read the Highway Code and they certainly do not observe it. For instance how many parents hold the hands of their children when walking them to school as required by the Highway Code. Also restore Police Traffic patrols with a mandate to warn and advise motorists except where driving behaviour is very dangerous.

IUt would also be a good idea to introduce differing speed limits eg higher speeeds overnight, reduced motorway speeds in the lane next to road works with say 10mph higher speeds in the adjoining lane. Lowwr speeds outside schools for the busy times only.

Cyclists and Road Traffic Acts

Safety of cyclists

I would welcome the following changes

1) That cyclists be entitled to cross road junctions and pedestrian crossings on green whilst retaining priority for pedestrians

2) That cyclists be permitted to turn left on red lights when no other vehicles approach and it is safe to do so – this is the practise for all vehicles in Canada

Why is this idea important?

Safety of cyclists

I would welcome the following changes

1) That cyclists be entitled to cross road junctions and pedestrian crossings on green whilst retaining priority for pedestrians

2) That cyclists be permitted to turn left on red lights when no other vehicles approach and it is safe to do so – this is the practise for all vehicles in Canada

Tax Caravans and require they stop every 3 miles

Free the majority of motorists from the menace of queues caused by this minority towing caravans.

Register and tax all caravans used on the public highway, including travellers, and use some of the money raised to create lay-by's where all slow vehicles and those towing caravans must stop to allow normal traffic to proceed unhindered.

Ban caravans from outer lanes on dual carriageways and motorways.

Why is this idea important?

Free the majority of motorists from the menace of queues caused by this minority towing caravans.

Register and tax all caravans used on the public highway, including travellers, and use some of the money raised to create lay-by's where all slow vehicles and those towing caravans must stop to allow normal traffic to proceed unhindered.

Ban caravans from outer lanes on dual carriageways and motorways.

Ban horses from public roads.

I think horses should be banned from public roads. Horses and their riders pay no road tax, they cause certain motorists to behave in an irresponsible way by refusing to pass these animals until they can pass with an absurdly wide berth. At the very least, people riding horses on the public road should pass a test and understand the highway code.

Why is this idea important?

I think horses should be banned from public roads. Horses and their riders pay no road tax, they cause certain motorists to behave in an irresponsible way by refusing to pass these animals until they can pass with an absurdly wide berth. At the very least, people riding horses on the public road should pass a test and understand the highway code.

Removal of Laws for Personal Safety for Over 18’s

Laws regarding personal safety, such as the wearing of motorcycle crash helmets and seat belts in cars, should be wiped from the statute books.

This should not include laws which protect others, such as use of mobile phones while driving, or driving under the influence of any substances.

Why is this idea important?

Laws regarding personal safety, such as the wearing of motorcycle crash helmets and seat belts in cars, should be wiped from the statute books.

This should not include laws which protect others, such as use of mobile phones while driving, or driving under the influence of any substances.

Speed Limits – Restore The 85th Percentile Rule

Speed limits used to be set at the speed below which 85% of drivers would choose to drive, measured in free flowing traffic.  This is a proven scientific formula which set limits at a sensible level.  This ensured that only the reckless few were prosecuted.  The last government changed this to the 'mean speed' meaning that councils can set limits making 50% of drivers criminals.

This should be reversed.  Then all the argments about speed cameras and punishments would becoime superfluous as responsible drivers would not be criminalised.

Why is this idea important?

Speed limits used to be set at the speed below which 85% of drivers would choose to drive, measured in free flowing traffic.  This is a proven scientific formula which set limits at a sensible level.  This ensured that only the reckless few were prosecuted.  The last government changed this to the 'mean speed' meaning that councils can set limits making 50% of drivers criminals.

This should be reversed.  Then all the argments about speed cameras and punishments would becoime superfluous as responsible drivers would not be criminalised.

Ban HGV vehicles from using the outer 2 lanes on 4 lane motorways

As more and more 3 lane motorways are being rebuilt into 4 lane motorways HGV can still use the inside 3 lanes which further causes the outside lane to be filled with other vehicles capable of traveling at the speed limit. Causing more and more single file motorways

Why is this idea important?

As more and more 3 lane motorways are being rebuilt into 4 lane motorways HGV can still use the inside 3 lanes which further causes the outside lane to be filled with other vehicles capable of traveling at the speed limit. Causing more and more single file motorways

Cycling and Pavements

For safety reasons cycling should generally be permitted on pavements unless designated otherwise  in high density pedestrian areas. It is irrational that invalid carriages/scooters should alone have this dispensation since cyclists are equally vulnerable road users.This would encourage parents to allow their children to cycle more readily and might encourage cycling more generally.

In many out of town centre areas where pavements are often infrequently  used by pedestrians I would suggest that the general rule should be  dual use but that cyclists 'Give way to pedestrians'. 

Why is this idea important?

For safety reasons cycling should generally be permitted on pavements unless designated otherwise  in high density pedestrian areas. It is irrational that invalid carriages/scooters should alone have this dispensation since cyclists are equally vulnerable road users.This would encourage parents to allow their children to cycle more readily and might encourage cycling more generally.

In many out of town centre areas where pavements are often infrequently  used by pedestrians I would suggest that the general rule should be  dual use but that cyclists 'Give way to pedestrians'. 

Remove all speed limits & instead police dangerous driving

I would like all speed limits removed, and replace them with laws created to punish people who drive dangerously, where "dangerous" is defined as what would reasonably regarded as an action likely to cause harm by a group of one's peers.

I would like the new laws to include harsh penalties (incarceration) for people who cause accidents when driving "dangerously."

Police could apply standard "rules-of-thumb" to identify "dangerous" driving, which would be commonly understood by the public.

Why is this idea important?

I would like all speed limits removed, and replace them with laws created to punish people who drive dangerously, where "dangerous" is defined as what would reasonably regarded as an action likely to cause harm by a group of one's peers.

I would like the new laws to include harsh penalties (incarceration) for people who cause accidents when driving "dangerously."

Police could apply standard "rules-of-thumb" to identify "dangerous" driving, which would be commonly understood by the public.

Driving while unfit to do so

Remove the present bad law that uses the "one over the 85" for deciding whether a driver is capable of safely handling a vehicle and replace it with a straightforward charge of "Driving While Unfit To Do So" – for whatever reason be it drinking, drug taking or simply not capable of operating a vehicle safely. The disablity lobby may object but is not the safety of all road users more important than inconvenience to a few.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the present bad law that uses the "one over the 85" for deciding whether a driver is capable of safely handling a vehicle and replace it with a straightforward charge of "Driving While Unfit To Do So" – for whatever reason be it drinking, drug taking or simply not capable of operating a vehicle safely. The disablity lobby may object but is not the safety of all road users more important than inconvenience to a few.

Truck drivers

Truck drivers hours should be relaxed, governed by the POLICE, VOSA . THE EMPLOYER , WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE, TACHOGRAPH RULES AND REGULATIONS from europe its going crazy! give the driver a break and go more for the employer.

Why is this idea important?

Truck drivers hours should be relaxed, governed by the POLICE, VOSA . THE EMPLOYER , WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE, TACHOGRAPH RULES AND REGULATIONS from europe its going crazy! give the driver a break and go more for the employer.

Scrap Independent Driving Section of Driving Test

As of 4th October 2010 every novice driver taking their practical driving test will be required to undertake a 10 minute independent drive which will involve the examiner asking the pupil to follow signs to a known destination; or follow a string of 3 or 4 verbal instructions; or follow 3 or 4  direction changes from a diagram, or a combination of all of them.

This introduction should be scrapped forthwith…

Why is this idea important?

As of 4th October 2010 every novice driver taking their practical driving test will be required to undertake a 10 minute independent drive which will involve the examiner asking the pupil to follow signs to a known destination; or follow a string of 3 or 4 verbal instructions; or follow 3 or 4  direction changes from a diagram, or a combination of all of them.

This introduction should be scrapped forthwith…