Remove the “conditional offer” of self incrimination

In the event of an alleged motoring offence (eg Safety camera evidence fo speeding), the Notice of Intended Prosecution gives an option of recieving a penalty and points "where there is evidence on an offence". RTA legislation allows the accused to pay the fine and take points on their license. In many cases, as this is the easiest route, even those who may not have been speeding will accept these penalties.

They have, in effect, been induced to admit to a crime they may not truly believe they have commited. To use a personal example, my choice was to accept the £60 and 3 points for an incident I would like to have contested, but would have lost at least a day's pay , far greater than the £60, and due to other personal circumstances, do not wish to put my partner through the stress of a court appearance.

The conditional offer is a pernicious route to revenue gathering and admission to guilt without trial – NOT in the spirit of innocent until proved gulity or proof beyond all reasonable doubt.

If we truly believe a breach of the law has been committed, then a court appearance should be the only route to levying any form of penalty. The conditional offer is tantamount to demanding money with menaces, and where the offer is accepted, if the accused has any doubt as to theri guilt, iis effectively equal to an inducement to perjury. 

If this  change represents an increase in overall cost to the state, it should be accompanied by an increase in penalties to cover this cost – the consequence of this change in legislation would therefore reduce unjustified penaly of the innocent, and raise the level of financial penalty for true motoring offences to a meaningful level, rather than the current token sums usually  levied.

Why is this idea important?

In the event of an alleged motoring offence (eg Safety camera evidence fo speeding), the Notice of Intended Prosecution gives an option of recieving a penalty and points "where there is evidence on an offence". RTA legislation allows the accused to pay the fine and take points on their license. In many cases, as this is the easiest route, even those who may not have been speeding will accept these penalties.

They have, in effect, been induced to admit to a crime they may not truly believe they have commited. To use a personal example, my choice was to accept the £60 and 3 points for an incident I would like to have contested, but would have lost at least a day's pay , far greater than the £60, and due to other personal circumstances, do not wish to put my partner through the stress of a court appearance.

The conditional offer is a pernicious route to revenue gathering and admission to guilt without trial – NOT in the spirit of innocent until proved gulity or proof beyond all reasonable doubt.

If we truly believe a breach of the law has been committed, then a court appearance should be the only route to levying any form of penalty. The conditional offer is tantamount to demanding money with menaces, and where the offer is accepted, if the accused has any doubt as to theri guilt, iis effectively equal to an inducement to perjury. 

If this  change represents an increase in overall cost to the state, it should be accompanied by an increase in penalties to cover this cost – the consequence of this change in legislation would therefore reduce unjustified penaly of the innocent, and raise the level of financial penalty for true motoring offences to a meaningful level, rather than the current token sums usually  levied.

Wheel Clamping And Seizure Of Assets (Cars) By Casual Operators.

To repeal laws that permit seizure of assets in the form of cars that they allege are parked in the wrong place or other. It should be forbidden for anyone to seize assets without due procedure and a (legal) reason. This requirement should cover all property. Parking can be controlled by the issue of parking tickets and due process thereafter in order to keep streets and public highways clear and useable. 

Why is this idea important?

To repeal laws that permit seizure of assets in the form of cars that they allege are parked in the wrong place or other. It should be forbidden for anyone to seize assets without due procedure and a (legal) reason. This requirement should cover all property. Parking can be controlled by the issue of parking tickets and due process thereafter in order to keep streets and public highways clear and useable. 

Traffic Camera Useage is Out of Control and all about Revenue not Safety

The UK is bristling with traffic cameras like no other place on earth. Its out of control. It has in many cases got nothing to do with safety and everything to do with raising hard cash.

A traffic camera placement should only be allowed in accident black spots, for a short period 1-2 months after which time the camera must be removed and not returned for at least 12 months. It must be for safety and not for raising money.

For example its not acceptable to run dozens of cameras all around the north circular road in London as permanent fixtures that act more as road toll collection devices, for anyone a couple of mph over the speed limit.  

Why is this idea important?

The UK is bristling with traffic cameras like no other place on earth. Its out of control. It has in many cases got nothing to do with safety and everything to do with raising hard cash.

A traffic camera placement should only be allowed in accident black spots, for a short period 1-2 months after which time the camera must be removed and not returned for at least 12 months. It must be for safety and not for raising money.

For example its not acceptable to run dozens of cameras all around the north circular road in London as permanent fixtures that act more as road toll collection devices, for anyone a couple of mph over the speed limit.  

Stop authorities from profiting from speeding and parking fines by paying the excess to charity

Speed cameras and parking offences have for a long time been seen as a "cash cow" for various government authorities. This has severly detracted from their original purpose and especially in the case of speed cameras they are just seen as another tax raising mechanism. A simple law should be employed that only allows the relevant authority to take enough money from the fines to finance the operation of the scheme. Any excess money left over must by law be given to charity. You could even be able to specify which charity you want to benefit from the excess from your own fine.

Why is this idea important?

Speed cameras and parking offences have for a long time been seen as a "cash cow" for various government authorities. This has severly detracted from their original purpose and especially in the case of speed cameras they are just seen as another tax raising mechanism. A simple law should be employed that only allows the relevant authority to take enough money from the fines to finance the operation of the scheme. Any excess money left over must by law be given to charity. You could even be able to specify which charity you want to benefit from the excess from your own fine.

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.

Make life easier for motor vechcles AND save money

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of:

  • Speed bumps – high cost, but most drivers pass over them without problem – and they can cause noise and pollution;
  • Raised junctions / speed cushions – make no practical difference to anyone, road user or pedestriains, but must cost a fortune ( see this link for what these things are: http://www.redbridge.gov.uk/cms/parking_rubbish_and_streets/general_street_information/road_and_traffic_safety/traffic_calming_measures.aspx )
  • The sea of traffic signs and street furniture;
  • Parking regulations, where parking wouldn't disturb anyone;
  • MOTs every year – two yearly works fine in other European countries;
  • Car tax discs, get the money from petrol tax, on a tax neutral basis- save on the administration;
  • Traffic lights at minor junctions – use white paint for a mini roundabout – cheaper and traffic flows more efficiently. How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?
  • Red traffic lights outside of the rush hour, on less busy roads – have them flash amber, signalling proceed with caution. Again works well elsewhere in the world, why not here? How many times have we all sat at red, with no other traffic to be seen?

I want my Country back you dont own it we the people do!

Get rid of most CCTV

Get rid of ANPR

Get rid of DNA and other databases

Get rid of speed cameras

Get rid of SORN (DVLA)

Scrap ID cards and Bio passports

Deport all known terror suspects

Get out of the EU

Why is this idea important?

Get rid of most CCTV

Get rid of ANPR

Get rid of DNA and other databases

Get rid of speed cameras

Get rid of SORN (DVLA)

Scrap ID cards and Bio passports

Deport all known terror suspects

Get out of the EU

Make speed camera photo’s available

Currently if you receive a speeding fine resulting from a speed camera you are not allowed to see the evidence unless and until you go to court. You have the choice to accept a fixed penalty notice or dispute it without the normal 'habeous corpus', you are asked to take on faith that there is evidence to support the allegation of an offence.

Supporting evidence i.e, the photographic evidence from the speed camera and the speed calculations should be sent out with the penalty notice. You could then be sure that you had committed an offence, currently there is no way that you can be certain that it was your vehicle which tripped the camera so you might be forced into paying a fine for an offence you have not committed.

Why is this idea important?

Currently if you receive a speeding fine resulting from a speed camera you are not allowed to see the evidence unless and until you go to court. You have the choice to accept a fixed penalty notice or dispute it without the normal 'habeous corpus', you are asked to take on faith that there is evidence to support the allegation of an offence.

Supporting evidence i.e, the photographic evidence from the speed camera and the speed calculations should be sent out with the penalty notice. You could then be sure that you had committed an offence, currently there is no way that you can be certain that it was your vehicle which tripped the camera so you might be forced into paying a fine for an offence you have not committed.

Speed cameras.

When I got a speed camera in 2007, my wife who actually owns the car, is forced to inform on me, isn't that against the sanctity of marriage.  Also these self righteous people who work in these offices, write to you in such an ignorant way that they would not like to be spoken to themselves.

Why is this idea important?

When I got a speed camera in 2007, my wife who actually owns the car, is forced to inform on me, isn't that against the sanctity of marriage.  Also these self righteous people who work in these offices, write to you in such an ignorant way that they would not like to be spoken to themselves.

Remove the “Crime and Security industries” bill

This bill gives Private parking companies some legalities in forcing people to pay their pretend fines. Does HM Goverment want the public to get ripped off with these unlawful invoices?

Why is this idea important?

This bill gives Private parking companies some legalities in forcing people to pay their pretend fines. Does HM Goverment want the public to get ripped off with these unlawful invoices?

Scrap snapshot speed cameras.

Speed cameras which take a snapshot of a motorist exceeding the speed limit are oppressive and unfair as they create a lottery. Everyone will inadvertantly exceed the speed limit at times, perhaps for a few seconds, before becoming aware of it and reducing speed. If the motorist is unlucky enough to do this at the site of a snapshot  speed camera they will be fined and receive penalty points. The risk of this is much greater when driving in an unfamiliar locality, just when the risk of inadvertantly speeding is greater, due to unfamiliarity with limits, gradients and routes. People are being heavily penalised just for being human, in a most arbitrary fashion. This creates paranoia in the population. It is bad law enforcement. Average speed cameras are far more reasonable, so if we must have cameras, then let's have those.

Why is this idea important?

Speed cameras which take a snapshot of a motorist exceeding the speed limit are oppressive and unfair as they create a lottery. Everyone will inadvertantly exceed the speed limit at times, perhaps for a few seconds, before becoming aware of it and reducing speed. If the motorist is unlucky enough to do this at the site of a snapshot  speed camera they will be fined and receive penalty points. The risk of this is much greater when driving in an unfamiliar locality, just when the risk of inadvertantly speeding is greater, due to unfamiliarity with limits, gradients and routes. People are being heavily penalised just for being human, in a most arbitrary fashion. This creates paranoia in the population. It is bad law enforcement. Average speed cameras are far more reasonable, so if we must have cameras, then let's have those.

Motorists – we are hounded

As motorists we are persecuted.  We pay high road tax which has been further exacerbated by the tax being levied against the type of the vehicle you drive – crazy – we all use the roads whichever vehicle we use.  We are targetted continually, the speed cameras that are put are not there to save lives they are there to generate revenue for the police, we should all be insured to drive our vehicles and I do agree that motorists that are not insured should be penalised but law abiding citizens are targetted.  I would hate to have a serious accident because the result would probably mean I would be in prison.  They are called accidents because they are exactly that.  We have a blame cultural in the UK and it has to stop.   The tax on petrol must be cut, I know we owe £169 billion but if the price of petrol came down then automatically everything wlse would which would mean there will be more money in everyone's pocket so helping the economy.

Why is this idea important?

As motorists we are persecuted.  We pay high road tax which has been further exacerbated by the tax being levied against the type of the vehicle you drive – crazy – we all use the roads whichever vehicle we use.  We are targetted continually, the speed cameras that are put are not there to save lives they are there to generate revenue for the police, we should all be insured to drive our vehicles and I do agree that motorists that are not insured should be penalised but law abiding citizens are targetted.  I would hate to have a serious accident because the result would probably mean I would be in prison.  They are called accidents because they are exactly that.  We have a blame cultural in the UK and it has to stop.   The tax on petrol must be cut, I know we owe £169 billion but if the price of petrol came down then automatically everything wlse would which would mean there will be more money in everyone's pocket so helping the economy.

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.

Outlaw toll roads and toll bridges

Why are the citizens in the UK still paying fees to go over toll bridges and down  toll roads?

This should be confined to foreign vehicles only.

We pay vehicle tax to maintain our highways.  Foreign vehicles pay nothing towards travel in the UK generally, yet we are expected to pay toll fees as well as ourcar  tax.  Likewise, when we are abroad we pay tolls on foreign roads.  

Aren't we missing a trick here? 

Why is this idea important?

Why are the citizens in the UK still paying fees to go over toll bridges and down  toll roads?

This should be confined to foreign vehicles only.

We pay vehicle tax to maintain our highways.  Foreign vehicles pay nothing towards travel in the UK generally, yet we are expected to pay toll fees as well as ourcar  tax.  Likewise, when we are abroad we pay tolls on foreign roads.  

Aren't we missing a trick here? 

enforce 30 mph with average speed cameras

rather than introduce 20mph limit enforce 30mph by installing average speed cameras within all 30 mph zone.  these work but cost money.  If the govt is serious about speed camera being about safety and not income generation then change all speed cameras to average speed cameras

Why is this idea important?

rather than introduce 20mph limit enforce 30mph by installing average speed cameras within all 30 mph zone.  these work but cost money.  If the govt is serious about speed camera being about safety and not income generation then change all speed cameras to average speed cameras

remove all speed cameras

All speed cameras should be removed, immediately.

They do not make the roads safer, they just add to our constantly monitored, big brother society. That coupled with the CCTV everywhere is just something we have gotten used to, but we shouldn't.

A few cameras, if we know they are monitored for the right reasons, would make us feel safe, ie at a late night bus stop in a dodgy area.

Speed cameras actually make the roads more dangerous because people know where they are, drive at a normal safe speed within the traffic and then brake just to go through them.

People who DON'T drive safely already are even worse because they are not only driving unsafely but once they see the speed camera they will have to brake even more and create even more danger for the other road users.

The fact that we have organisations like the 'Camera Safety Partnership' is just a joke. "Police Force Money Making Cash Cow Camera' would be more like it.

Most people respect the roads and use them safely. Accidents happen whether there are speed cameras or not, and I believe speed cameras cause more not fewer accidents. I would be really interested to get the actual figures on this.

Why is this idea important?

All speed cameras should be removed, immediately.

They do not make the roads safer, they just add to our constantly monitored, big brother society. That coupled with the CCTV everywhere is just something we have gotten used to, but we shouldn't.

A few cameras, if we know they are monitored for the right reasons, would make us feel safe, ie at a late night bus stop in a dodgy area.

Speed cameras actually make the roads more dangerous because people know where they are, drive at a normal safe speed within the traffic and then brake just to go through them.

People who DON'T drive safely already are even worse because they are not only driving unsafely but once they see the speed camera they will have to brake even more and create even more danger for the other road users.

The fact that we have organisations like the 'Camera Safety Partnership' is just a joke. "Police Force Money Making Cash Cow Camera' would be more like it.

Most people respect the roads and use them safely. Accidents happen whether there are speed cameras or not, and I believe speed cameras cause more not fewer accidents. I would be really interested to get the actual figures on this.