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by Barks
11 Apr 2017, 11:25pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason
Replies: 116
Views: 20172

Re: Cyclist defence fund Michael Mason

Last post hits the point exactly - a cyclist is not considered the equal of other road users. The defendant in this case Has somehow got absolved of any responsibility for hitting another road user from behind - it completely baffles me me that a jury can reach such a decision. Where can we find the...
by Barks
11 Apr 2017, 11:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Police driver demonstrates the motorists' sense of entitlement
Replies: 124
Views: 31758

Re: Police driver demonstrates the motorists' sense of entitlement

The summary is that this police officer has completely misunderstood the situation and needs a seriouros dose of re-training. Bering in mind the pressure that they are under from all sorts of angles, particularly in the last two weeks, we must recognise the broader position but sorry, this individua...
by Barks
10 Apr 2017, 6:47pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver
Replies: 116
Views: 28929

Re: Dangerous Warburtons HGV Driver

I thought the vehicle registered keeper was required to declare who was driving in the event of an incident - seems that Warburtons are now becoming liable for prosecution plus the adverse reputational damage this may entail. Why not remind them of that? Does anyone know if there is a time limit for...
by Barks
4 Apr 2017, 10:21pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.
Replies: 374
Views: 43321

Re: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.

Where do you get that info from? I'd have expected it would be programmed to stop as quickly as possible - swerving all over the place to avoid a collision is just (far more?) as likely to put the occupants in danger than simply attempting a rapid stop. What if there was a river next to the road for...
by Barks
1 Apr 2017, 8:59am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.
Replies: 374
Views: 43321

Re: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.

Rather ominous though, as part of the overall policing initiatives described, one State did manage to mount 4 successful prosecutions for close passes but was easily able to massively increase fines for transgressions by cyclists. Another comment by the NSW police gave the view that the system would...
by Barks
29 Mar 2017, 6:48pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycle rage in Manc investigated by police
Replies: 48
Views: 3251

Re: Cycle rage in Manc investigated by police

Had a look at the second video and WHILE NOT CONDONING THE FINAL ACT OF CRIMINAL DAMAGE AT ALL it is pretty obvious (IMO) that the car HAD encroached on the cycle lane both from the video footage and the casual gesture from the cyclist as he passed the car. I suspect that the passenger just could no...
by Barks
23 Mar 2017, 12:05am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Becoming left handed to stay healthy
Replies: 40
Views: 2607

Re: Becoming left handed to stay healthy

Er, and car users doing a similar also thing risk points and fine .
by Barks
12 Mar 2017, 10:30pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close overtake on a bend
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Close overtake on a bend

Surely if there is video evidence and other individual witnesses a prosecution should be the line to take here - some form of educational chat is well short of appropriate action in the face of what you reported above. Is it simply that the Police don't have the appetite to take these things on prop...
by Barks
12 Mar 2017, 10:20pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.
Replies: 374
Views: 43321

Re: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.

Barks It's easy to lose sight of the fact that in enforcement, there's a difference between the wider theory and the reality of a defended prosecution when every aspect of a charge has to be proved beyond reasonable doubt and a properly represented defendant isn't going to make any concessions in t...
by Barks
12 Mar 2017, 6:37pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.
Replies: 374
Views: 43321

Re: Kickstarter - CyclingUK asking for donations to fund "close pass" mats.

A cyclist is pefectly at rights to take up any position within their lane. Therefore you could define a close pass as any overtake where the driver has not passed in the opposite (or outside lane on a dual carriageway) just as they would have to do for any other vehicle. This gives a clear indicatio...
by Barks
9 Mar 2017, 8:25am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Police twisting photos to hassle cyclists + leaflets in schools
Replies: 46
Views: 3563

Re: Police twisting photos to hassle cyclists + leaflets in schools

Not sure how suspicious activity over counterfeit fivers could be considered an emergency?
by Barks
5 Mar 2017, 5:15pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling
Replies: 951
Views: 66263

Re: Diesel - seriously thinking of giving up cycling

An additive made of urea is squirted into the exhaust system and breaks down into ammonia. This reacts with the NOx and converts it to N2 (that is nitrogen gas) and water - the natural atmosphere is predominantly Nitrogen gas (a relatively inert gas), something like 70% or so I believe. I understand...
by Barks
3 Mar 2017, 9:01pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What would be expected of a competent and careful driver,
Replies: 20
Views: 10369

Re: What would be expected of a competent and careful driver,

While I feel enormous sympathy for the individuals, if they are that susceptible to losing consciousness then surely they should not be driving?
by Barks
1 Mar 2017, 6:10pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: What would be expected of a competent and careful driver,
Replies: 20
Views: 10369

Re: What would be expected of a competent and careful driver,

I wonder what speed you might have to be going at to end up on the roof of another car? That said, I suppose 'no arrrests' doesn't mean that there is no intent to prosecute. Does anybody know?.
by Barks
24 Feb 2017, 7:59pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Dont cycle in London as the police dont care if you get knocked off
Replies: 9
Views: 795

Re: Dont cycle in London as the police dont care if you get knocked off

The van driver is clearly out of control, he only managed to avipoid the bus at the start of the clip because the taxi driver slowed up and pulled over. The van driver should be off the road and the Met Police are, as mentioned in earlier post, just not carrying out their duty. There appear to be pl...