That Was The Week That Was!

June 30, 2007

“What luck for rulers that men do not think.” (Adolf Hitler)

Wow, what a lot has happened in the last 7 days: We’ve had floods, car bombs, a change of Prime Minister, Chantelle and Samuel have split up, Paris Hilton is out of jail, the Spice Girls are reuniting and…

When all of the above has faded into insignificance (well most of it was insignificant to start with), two other events took place that will affect motorists for a long time to come. It was definitely a good week to bury bad news. Our Human Rights and Freedoms have been further eroded by those who seek to subjugate us. Read the rest of this entry »


Salters Hill Update

June 29, 2007

cctvcar.jpgOne of the local campaigners, Jonathan Greatorex has set up a website dedicated to helping ‘victims’ of this revenue raising scam by Lambeth Council. It’s very informative – well worth a visit.

Talking of Lambeth Council, I have just been contacted by a second person who feels that they have been unjustifiably issued with a PCN for stopping in a box junction in Streatham Vale. I get the feeling that is is also viewed as a revenue raiser by motorists who cross it on a daily basis.

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Parking

June 29, 2007

“Where you find the laws most numerous, there you will find also the greatest injustice.” (Arcesilaus)

The rot set in with the Road Traffic Act 1991. This was the act that allowed the police to get rid of parking enforcement and hand the poisoned chalice over to local authorities. Initially it applied to London only, but later, like a virus, it spread nationwide.

Then came the London Local Authorities Act 1996 which introduced bus lane enforcement. Bus lane enforcement was until recently confined to London but it has now ‘escaped’ to the provinces thanks to The Bus Lane Contraventions (Penalty Charges, Adjudication and Enforcement) (England) Regulations 2005.

Not satisfied with traffic wardens being able to hand out tickets on the streets, the government then introduced the London Local Authorities Act 2000 which allows London’s local councils to issue parking tickets as a result of CCTV observation.

On top of that we now have the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003 which defines moving traffic contraventions based on non-compliance with signs that are defined in The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.

Confused? You’re not the only one.

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Power to the People

June 26, 2007

I was heartened to see this news item last night (25 June) on the BBC London News. Apparently I am not the only person in the world who has had a bellyful of unjustified and unfair moving traffic enforcement.

The residents of Upper Norwood in South London are up in arms about an enforced pinch point under a narrow bridge in Salters Hill that has a ‘Give way to incoming vehicles’ sign. As far as I can see it has no justification from the point of view of congestion or safety.

The location of the pinch point seems to make it difficult to comply with the sign. The oncoming traffic is hidden by a bend in the road so you can’t see it in time to make a proper judgement.

It also appears that Lambeth Council is being creative with the enforcement pictures. It just so happens that one of the ‘victims’ allowed me to see his online PCN, so I downloaded the pictures and you can see them here.

You can also read about his case in the PePiPoo forum and decide for yourself whether or not it’s fair.

Good luck to all. As an ex-resident of Upper Norwood myself, if there is anything I can do to help, just ask.

Readers Write

June 9, 2007

A couple of contributions from ‘victims’ –

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In response to representations, Haringey Council sent this series of pictures to Jason. Interesting, but far from convincing.

(1) This picture shows your vehicle approaching the box junction. Assuming this is supposed to be the time of entry then it hardly shows any of the road on the exit side. If the road was clear, then Jason would be justified in entering the box. As it is we can see less than 1 car length of the road on the exit side.

(2) This picture shows your vehicle stationary within the box junction. Oh, do me a favour – it’s a still photograph! When will councils get it into their heads that it requires TWO photographs, preferably 5 seconds or more apart, to demonstrate that a vehicle is stationary. (I trust the red car got a PCN as well.)

(3) No comment.

The following was posted by Dave on the Ealing page, but I thought it was worth reproducing here:

Hi there… Thanks to finding your website I queried a PCN I received regarding Ealing’s Ruislip Rd/Mansell Rd box Junction, I am normally quite careful concerning these money making boxes so was a bit surprised to get one, I did not contest it at first but did ask to view the video, and after about 3/4 week wait, lo and behold get sent letter stating due to error on their behalf the PCN has been cancelled… I would suggest anyone else getting one for this location to ask to see video

I agree with that last bit. Even thought that junction has now been repainted 4 times (what a waste of money) it is still non-compliant.

Innovative Islington

June 7, 2007

Although this site perhaps reads like an anti-enforcement polemic, I like to think that I can see the other party’s point of view. After I read the following press release from Islington Council I found my belief being stretched in two completely opposite directions.

On the one hand the cynic in me says it’s just a publicity stunt, and a good one at that. On the other hand a voice in my head says “Give it a chance; it might just work.” In the spirit of the latter I have already written to Ms Naylor and I will report back on the outcome in due course.

New Parking Advocate is First in London

Date: 25-May-07 by Verity Cork (Islington Council Press Office) Read the rest of this entry »