pjclinch wrote:Dutch Reach... my main feeling about this is it's a huge amount of brouhaha for (at best) not much. It strikes me there's so much more useful stuff that could be campaigned for, but now it's there let's not worry much more and get over it.
Perhaps driving without due care and attention should be extended to operating a vehicle without due care and attention, extending from driving to getting in and out and loading/unloading too. I suspect 3 points and £500 would be a much sharper reason to be careful when opening doors than a campaign aimed at cyclists (I have been "doored" while driving)
The only scientific evidence/research actually done on 'Dutch reach' was by an English university, it found that there was not enough of a moment of the head to actually make any real difference in the viewing angle when people inside a vehicle were 'reaching' with the opposite hand.
if enforcement and punishments that fit the crime were actually already in place this wouldn't be an issue, banning on street parking on main through roads would be a start, then side streets.