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by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 2:58pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

Something else that occurs to me: If I had an attached garage (which I don't and if I did I'd fill it with bikes, not cars) the only current motor vehicle I'd keep in it would be a diesel. Both petrol and electric appear too much of a fire hazard. Petrol gives off toxic volatiles even when not runni...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 2:40pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

Well, if pwa is anything like me; I know I don't have enough money for a new car, with or without a scrappage discount. So anyone who does buy a new car has to be better off than I am, or prepared to carry more debt. Anyone think the later is good thing? Debt for a new car might be a good investment...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 2:26pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common Assault
Replies: 65
Views: 5156

Re: Common Assault

It's not a moped but a proper motorcycle. A moped has pedals and is under 50cc, that is it's legal definition. It's probably a "125" (124.5) hence the L plates. The rider may well have a full car licence. View the videos first please. I'll admit I haven't seen the videos, I went by the OP...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 12:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Diesel scrappage
Replies: 127
Views: 3704

Re: Diesel scrappage

Isn't that the problem (or part of it)? When diesels were being encouraged because of their lower overall fuel consumption, petrols had similar NOx outputs. Now petrol engines have been cleaned up more or less effectively, diesels look comparatively dirty. Emissions mitigation measures for diesel en...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 12:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Common Assault
Replies: 65
Views: 5156

Re: Common Assault

I made the mistake of moving to the left to let a motorcyclist pass this morning. The motorcyclist was fine, the problem was the driver behind him thought the gap was now big enough for a car... one very close pass. P.S. it's been mentioned the OP is a fast cyclist. "His" moped rider proba...
by Ruadh495
20 Oct 2017, 10:47am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Harsher sentences for driving offences confirmed
Replies: 24
Views: 2026

Re: Harsher sentences for driving offences confirmed

Perhaps an automated vehicle accident could be dealt with under Health and Safety legislation rather than road traffic? Same as any other accident involving automated equipment. That might mean no actual penalties for anyone, but an update to all vehicles using the faulty software. Most road traffic...
by Ruadh495
19 Oct 2017, 1:25pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16317

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

The London one looks like a set of conditions for using the school's cycle parking, which they are using to introduce consideration of cycle safety. It also looks pretty reasonable to me, stressing training or supervision, lights and roadworthiness. Of course it would be better if it didn't mention ...
by Ruadh495
18 Oct 2017, 10:52am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flightless Bird Query.
Replies: 30
Views: 1249

Re: Flightless Bird Query.

I don't want to hijack the post - at worse it's a tangent rather than a hijack, but it's always puzzled me why we don't have wild chickens Much of our wildlife and birds are escaped captive animals that have bred. Chickens are very numerous, and it would only take one fence to be down on one farm a...
by Ruadh495
17 Oct 2017, 9:20am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Flightless Bird Query.
Replies: 30
Views: 1249

Re: Flightless Bird Query.

That description sounds like a female pheasant to me. The tail is right, two long straight plumes, and they do have plumage that looks a lot like a bird of prey (especially when they've been squashed).
by Ruadh495
16 Oct 2017, 10:30am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?
Replies: 37
Views: 2542

Re: Would you cycle on a 'shared' pavement on the wrong side of the road?

Regularly and it's horrid. This path isn't really wide enough for one cyclist, let alone two. It's not uncommon (if you value your safety) to have to stop to let oncoming cycles pass. Passing pedestrians is "interesting" as well, they tend to walk straight down the middle (since the path i...
by Ruadh495
12 Oct 2017, 1:59pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16317

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

Just a thought: I wonder if "cycling dangerously" = "cycling without a helmet". One vocal busybody who "reports" any cyclist in school uniform without a helmet would be enough to push a school into this kind of action.
by Ruadh495
12 Oct 2017, 10:59am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16317

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

"collect at any time after school" , now that has possibilities... I suspect that this wider than a single school though, given that we've seen identical policy elsewhere and the repeated use of the buzzword "safeguarding". Weren't OFSTEDed recently were they? If that's the case ...
by Ruadh495
12 Oct 2017, 9:23am
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16317

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

How about suggesting that the school get a batch of helmets made up in the school colours / logo etc? You might even suggest that since helmets vary in effectiveness, only these "school approved" helmets should be worn. This should place the helmet firmly in the category of "school un...
by Ruadh495
11 Oct 2017, 12:24pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: School trying to make helmets compulsory
Replies: 303
Views: 16317

Re: School trying to make helmets compulsory

I have a feeling that an enrolled child is a "member" of the school and thus subject to the school's regulations even off the school site / outside school hours.

Not sure though, it only took one meeting with "our" headteacher for us to start homeschooling...
by Ruadh495
11 Oct 2017, 10:25am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Anxiety?
Replies: 64
Views: 1899

Re: Anxiety?

There has always been an "idle rich" whose only worries are things like avocados and prosecco (whatever that is). That a far greater proportion of the population is only concerned about such things suggests life is better, for more people, now, surely? The concern, I think, is that we may ...