Lee Hurst in trouble

lee-hurst-at-court-ppuk002Today, was spent mostly standing in the cold at Guildford Magistrates Court waiting for comedian Lee Hurst, who was in trouble because he is alleged to have got fed up with someone videoing his performance at the Stoke Hotel Pub in Guildford. Unfortunately for Lee, it seems that his case isn’t going to be heard today as there is only one court in action, and loads of cases to be dealt with. It has to be said that he was in good form and as I have said before it is a pleasure to work with a professional that knows we will get our pictures anyway, so may as well front up.
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You Fucking What!

big-tomAnti Car lot at it again…

Talk about short-fucking-sighted. According to a number of sources, the government are being urged to use GPS technology to ensure that vehicles “CANNOT” break speed limits, and that this will substantially reduce accidents. Which is complete bollox. Only a little while back I pointed out that Surrey Police stats show that less than 6% of accidents are caused by excessive speed. Amongst that 5% there are also a number of speed and drink related (which are not recorded separately) but it has been suggested that the number of “speed only” accidents is less than 2%.

There are several issues, as I see it with a mandatory limit and using GPS to enforce it. Firstly that it will rely on local councils providing the data for speed limits, fuck me, I wouldn’t rely on them to collect my rubbish without fucking it up. Another point is that GPS that we currently use is provided free by the americans, this will not be available for much longer, Europe is putting it’s own GPS system into space and this will be a chargeable service, so this will be yet another tax on the motorist. Another issue is that GPS is only accurate to within a few metres and in some places 10 metres. This maybe fine in someplaces, but there are also places where two roads are only a few feet apart where one will have a 50mph limit and a service road maybe limited to 20mph.

If this is not a mandatory speed limiter, ie it can be opted out of, then there is absolutely no point to it at all, if it is mandatory it will take 10-20 years before all vehicles will have it, any government that introduces it will be ousted before it comes into effect, and I’d be surprised if there wasn’t something else available in 5 years that would do a better job.

One of the biggest problems is not that Speed Kills (as so many retards claim) Speed doesn’t kill, it is usually speed with at least one other contributory factor. What kills generally incompetence behind the wheel. Having a speed limiter will not change the number of retards behind the wheel. Driver education is somewhere that needs to be targeted. As with many tests (O levels, A levels etc) People are taught how to pass the test.

So if the Speed Limiter is such a good concept, as it seems the ministers are being told by the “Commission for Integrated Transport” and the “Motorist Forum seem to think, tell me how it will help prevent the 95+% of accidents that are not speed related.

Just for convenience, here are the figures that Surrey Police produced to prove that speed cameras were a shit way of policing traffic:

Reason % Fatal %Serious Injury
Wrong course/positioning
No apparent cause
Too fast for conditions
Crossing road, heedless of traffic
Exceeded speed limit

Page 3 Models as Thick as Shit?

linda_lusardi1Damned right! Former Sun page 3 girl Linda Lusardi, reveals that she is as thick as a large number of very short planks, when traffic jams on the M25 threatened to make her late for a pantomime that she was appearing in.

On the radio today she defended herself by saying that all through her life she had had it drummed into her that in the event of an emergency you call 999. She also said that a lot of people had paid for tickets for the pantomime and she didn’t want them to be disappointed.

Maybe someone should have spent a little time drumming into the daft bint what an emergency is. For a start being late is not an emergency.

She bizarrely called the three 9s service to ask for permission to drive down the hard shoulder to avoid the traffic jam, is this bint truly out of touch with reality? What makes her think that any police officer would give, or even could give that kind of permission?

Next time I am late for a job, I think I shall call and see if I can get a Police escort, a couple of motorcycle outriders and marked Range Rovers will do the job

Anti Car Lot at it again

pepperazzi2According to a number of newspaper articles recently, including the Daily Mail, it would appear that the wankers in Government are targetting the drivers again in order to get a few quick bucks. The basis of this rant is proposed legislation to enable Police Officers to issue fixed penalty notices for a number of new offences, whereas historically they had to issue summonses to court. These offences include a variety of offences which are detailed below.

Thousands of drivers who would have escaped prosecution for collisions after simply swapping insurance details will now face likely prosecution as soon as the police become involved.

An array of trivial motoring offences in addition to minor crashes are also likely to lead to action under proposals to give police powers to issue fixed penalty notices for careless driving.

They could include eating, drinking or smoking at the wheel, reading a map, tuning a radio or arguing with a passenger.

All funds raised from the on-the-spot fines will go directly to the Treasury, which already makes more than £100 million a year from speed cameras.

The biggest issue that I have with this is the fact that the police will be involved after they have been called to deal with the aftermath of an otherwise minor accident. That means they are not witnesses to the offence, they will not investigate, most police officers have no idea about the investigation of the causes of accidents, they will be influenced by the witness accounts, which we all know can be wildly inaccurate, and if the “victim” feels particularly hard done by could even be malicious in intent.

The proposals triggered fears of a surge in the number of drivers being prosecuted, as happened following the introduction of speed cameras.

There were 260,000 people convicted of speeding offences in 2000-01 when speed cameras were in their infancy but by 2006-07, after they had been rolled out nationwide, this figure had reached 1.75 million.

But the Government has been alarmed by the fall in the number of convictions for poor driving. In 1986 there were 107,600 motorists convicted of careless driving but by 2006 this had fallen by more than 75 per cent to only 25,400.

“The level of enforcement is steadily dropping,” the Government noted in the consultation paper which raises concerns that a sharp decline in the number of convictions for careless driving may be due to the amount of paperwork involved in the police bringing prosecutions.

The figures above make compulsive reading, however they need to be tempered by the fact that most police forces and the Home Office in particular have not used the Police to police the roads since the introduction of speed cameras, Surrey Police have a fraction of the Traffic Officers on the roads today that they had in 2000. In fact only a few christmases ago, they had no Traffic Officers deployed to deal with Drink Driving on Christmas Eve, they were all deployed to deal with drunken revellers in town centres. Not that long ago Hampshire had only two Traffic Cars deployed to cover one of the biggest geographical counties in the South of England. So to cite that the conviction rate has fallen because of the paperwork is bollox, it is solely down to the fact that there are no Traffic Police Officers out there doing their jobs.

Most Worrying though is the following quote

“This would suggest that there are careless drivers who are currently ‘getting away with it’,” the document states.
Some also warned that the new system would see motorists will fall foul of police officers under pressure to prove they are cost-effective and meet targets.

The suggestion that drivers are “getting away with it” clearly shows that the Home Office is rabidly anti-car and anti driver. In the case where an accident occurs, if someone feels that the accident was caused by dangerous or careless driving, they are perfectly at liberty to call the police to the scene of the accident. The Police, will generally not do much, however, if they feel that there is enough proof that one of the party was driving in a manner that they could secure a conviction they would generally deal with it as appropriate.

One other concern is that the police may issue Fixed Penalty Notices to one party, does that mean that their insurance company will take that as an admission of guilt, if so they could then decline to pay out any insurance claim relating to that accident? Meaning that a driver would then be sued by the injured party?

The Daily Mail then go on to quote

“Cops aren’t daft,” said Kevin Delaney, Scotland Yard’s former head of traffic. “They are human like the rest of us and will take the easiest option.

Sorry that does not stack up, a lot of Cops are daft. Taking the easiest option to me seems like issuing a FPN, rather than gather sufficent evidence for a court case. Result: Drivers Lose

“The easier you make it for them to meet performance targets by issuing tickets, the more likely they are to do it.”

Yep, so the driver loses.

Critics fear that making it easier for careless driving prosecutions to take place will simply mean that the Treasury will cash in from the sharp rise in income from fines.

So as usual the Government will rake in millions, and the driver will foot the bill.

Will someone please take this government outside and shoot the Fuckers.


Petrol Rip-Off

total-petrol-most-expensive-0001TOTAL, recently got a significant amount of press announcing that they were reducing the price of petrol and diesel by two pence a litre, and thereby triggering another “Fuel Price War” well my local TOTAL petrol station, in Woodbridge Road, Guidlford is the most expensive Petrol Station for miles, the other day when this photograph was taken, a Shell Garage 300 yards down the road was charging 87.9p per litre of Unleaded and 97.9p for Diesel. Not surprised that the forecourt is empty, are you!

Is it just this one TOTAL station that is out of line or are all of them more expensive? If it is more than just this one, then someone on the news desks need shooting.

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Sponsor Me, Please?

I’m going to be taking part in a charity bike ride to raise funds for Mute Tourette’s Syndrome. A friend of mine has a 6 yr old son that suffers from this and we are raising funds to pay for a year’s therapy.

Mute Tourette’s Syndrome has long been in the shadow of its more ‘famous’ sister-disease, ‘Tourette’s Syndrome’, and although much rarer, is even more tragic in its consequences.
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