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by Barks
16 Feb 2019, 1:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10761

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Knackers wrote: you're more likely to see a vehicle actually doing 30 in a 30. It's a trend that's very slowly been growing over the last decade or so. (I'm even starting to see folk doing 20 in a 20!) I’d generally agree with that but it’s the ones that don’t/won’t comply that present the greatest ...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 8:11pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10761

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

If Today’s cars were stripped of all the bolt on safety features, ambulance crews were restricted 1960s techniques and equipment and we done away with air ambulances then we would see death rates back up to 70s levels without any doubt. There is no excuse for drivers to flaunt the law, we now have t...
by Barks
15 Feb 2019, 10:01am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?
Replies: 62
Views: 10761

Re: "Elderly drivers can't cope with modern traffic" - wrong argument?

Many drivers cope perfectly well with all these groups - the problem is that far too many drivers have no regard for the laws, guidance and conventions that apply to using cars on the roads or indeed other users of the road irrespective of their ‘group’ and this includes other car drivers who are op...
by Barks
14 Feb 2019, 5:05pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: It's green so I'm going!
Replies: 19
Views: 6087

Re: It's green so I'm going!

At our local Town, the zebra crossing was replaced by the pelican, and now because of quite light traffic at times (small market town) pedestrians often press the button to find that there is a large gap in the traffic and they cross safely before the lights have changed - the knock on effect is th...
by Barks
9 Feb 2019, 5:56pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Close pass by rail replacement bus
Replies: 12
Views: 4183

Re: Close pass by rail replacement bus

All that should be necessary to identify the offender is time and place - they will be running to a timetable so narrowing down the actual vehicle/driver should not be that difficult - just report it and follow up accordingly.
by Barks
9 Feb 2019, 5:49pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist
Replies: 96
Views: 14539

Re: BMW driver walks free from court after deliberately running over cyclist

Fastpedaller wrote: His act was attempted murder, and the sentencing should reflect that and prevent as much as possible a repeat of the same. I agree entirely but as we have seen from other incidents there appears to be legal cultural aversion to calling out such blatant acts of aggression when usi...
by Barks
6 Feb 2019, 8:37am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A Burkean moment for transport
Replies: 17
Views: 6273

Re: A Burkean moment for transport

I was once told that the most carbon efficient decision is to run your old ICEcar as long as possible - the carbon footprint of building the car greatly exceeds that of the lifetime fuel used irrespective of type or efficiency. Does anybody know the truth of this? I’m pretty sure though that if it i...
by Barks
3 Feb 2019, 5:57pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial
Replies: 133
Views: 16757

Re: Carol Boardman death - case sent for trial

My thoughts are that all serious driving offences including excessive speeding should come with an automatic ban and a requirement to sit a test within 6 months of the ban end - the problem though is how to ensure the bans are observed, we already have a serious problem with this and those driving w...
by Barks
29 Jan 2019, 7:40am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Increasing cyclist numbers?
Replies: 44
Views: 3549

Re: Increasing cyclist numbers?

Surely this question should be broken down into two parts, cycling for fun/fitness/leisure and utility cycling. While the former is great for nations fitness and well being and has been growing in parallel to UK international competition succcess, surely the big concern should be about whether or no...
by Barks
24 Jan 2019, 10:04am
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 18480

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

Barks wrote Petrol Heads will invariably complain - the answer is simply that they are not welcome on the roads as they are invariably too dangerou Invariably means without variation. Perhaps a little extreme? I have always, in almost 53 years of driving, driven manual cars. I have no currently pla...
by Barks
23 Jan 2019, 8:32pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 18480

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

Exactly, Automatiics are far easier to drive and very much more conducive to smooth acceleration and braking - my original post was to expose the OP’s erroneous assumptions and has been pretty well much supported by those after. What should really happen in this country is that automatics should be ...
by Barks
22 Jan 2019, 7:22pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 18480

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

Oldjonw wrote: sometimes think it is regrettable that elderly drivers are encouraged to get automatics. I have a feeling that they are the cause of many accidents, epecially where the driver has not been a long time auto driver but has only recently been persuaded And why might that be? You can driv...
by Barks
20 Jan 2019, 8:03pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?
Replies: 168
Views: 18480

Re: Elderly drivers: when is it time to hand over the car keys?

All this conjecture about yet another car accident on a very busy road that has too high a speed limit - once we know the broader circumstances, particularly just what was the speed of the Kia, then many might be ruing their judgements of elderly drivers. The real question is how to assess the drivi...
by Barks
10 Jan 2019, 5:08pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle as a murder weapon
Replies: 85
Views: 28851

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

Dodson - white, ex-soldier gets 16 months for driving offence avoiding attempted murder conviction claiming he ‘only wanted to frighten the Club doorman’ Abdul - Black, on drugs gets 28 years for attempted murder claims he ‘only wanted to be a nuisance’ Background - both retaliated after earlier alt...
by Barks
10 Jan 2019, 2:09pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots
Replies: 174
Views: 15829

Re: Trucks Do Not Have Cyclist-Obscuring Blind Spots

Back to the original OP - now we finally have a clear exposure of the fallacy that HGVs have significant blindspots then surely every case where HGV drivers and Police used this to support an ‘accidental’ death verdict need to be re-examined and assessed independently?