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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: 18925

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: 18925

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: 18925

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: 18925

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: 29384

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: 16283

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?
by Barks
8 Jan 2019, 4:55pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Air Bag System for Cyclists - CES19
Replies: 4
Views: 2862

Air Bag System for Cyclists - CES19

See this link for a demonstration of an inflatable vest for cyclists in event of fall or of a collision - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/technolog ... r-cyclists

I think I had seen something similar to wear around your neck which inflated around your head?
by Barks
2 Jan 2019, 7:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 250
Views: 22040

Re: Swapping penalty points

Check the mobile phone data, it will have listed the usage of various apps at the time - are our investigators that useless?
by Barks
2 Jan 2019, 7:39pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Swapping penalty points
Replies: 250
Views: 22040

Re: Swapping penalty points

So using a handheld mobile phone to dictate a joke is somehow different to using a handheld mobile phone to make a call - what a joke. Suspend the judge, it is clearly the same offence. And as for why there should be any timelimit on NIP is beyond me, Beckham has just shown how crass and arrogant he...
by Barks
22 Dec 2018, 12:51am
Forum: Health and fitness
Topic: Private physio for bad back- update
Replies: 30
Views: 2152

Re: Private physio for bad back- update

There is no simple answer here, we are all so different, in our physiques, our history of activity, our expectations, and our luck or not at getting an accurate diagnosis in the first place. I had a herniated disc a few years ago for which I ended up having a micro-disectomy to remove the disc bulge...
by Barks
21 Dec 2018, 12:51pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 12787

Re: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities

Yes, in a lot of towns, 20mph
no need in our town as the traffic rarely gets above 10mph at best through the central parts, to be honest the cars just get in the way of the bikes most of the time.
by Barks
21 Dec 2018, 12:43pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle as a murder weapon
Replies: 85
Views: 29384

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

Again thank you for your very considered and informed words, it definitely helps to ease my frustration with how lax our country is on people with violent temperaments. I suppose I am just too naive to think that deliberately driving my car at someone is not the same as trying to shoot or stab them....
by Barks
21 Dec 2018, 12:28pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities
Replies: 75
Views: 12787

Re: Why we shouldn't be too eager to campaign for segregated cycling facilities

I live in a small town and while we do have a couple of shared path sections around one of the secondary schools it is in practice irrelevant. The town is a drivers nightmare and congested most of the day with three significant bottlenecks and particularly suffers from through traffic rather than fr...
by Barks
20 Dec 2018, 4:44pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle as a murder weapon
Replies: 85
Views: 29384

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

I accept the point on the evidence but the details are never available to us. What I struggle with is that two people, both in a drunken rage after an earlier altercation, purposely drive a car into people and in one case someone dies but not in the other yet the acts themselves appear to be identic...
by Barks
20 Dec 2018, 2:38pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Vehicle as a murder weapon
Replies: 85
Views: 29384

Re: Vehicle as a murder weapon

Thank you, I can see that the Judge has to be seen to support the verdict, an interesting point you make on the possible appeal against sentencing. I suppose It comes across that if I drive my car at someone and they don’t get out of the way then it is their fault not mine they died. Perhaps just a ...