Citizens Arrest

October 31, 2007

“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” (John 8:7)

You couldn’t make this up if you tried.

One of our happy band of persecuted motorists was going about his lawful business when he saw this:

haringeysmartcar1.jpg

Yes, it’s a Haringey CCTV enforcement vehicle stopped in a box junction. And here it is again a few seconds later. Read the rest of this entry »


Harassed of Hillingdon

October 30, 2007

It has come to my attention the Hillingdon Council has recently joined the Association of Avaricious Authorities. They are carrying out yellow box enforcement at the junction of Long Lane and Freezland Way. I also know that they are using CCTV cameras to enforce parking in the Borough.

Fortunately for everyone the Penalty Charge Notices that are currently being issued are invalid. The wording does not conform to the relevant legislation so do not be afraid to appeal against them. Read the rest of this entry »


Why not Politics?

October 26, 2007

“The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.” (William H. Borah)

In his response to my previous post Entrapment, Comstock comments “Now I don’t want to bring politics into this but…”

I don’t see why you have to be restrained. Why not bring politics into it? After all, decriminalised enforcement is a stealth tax facilitated by the Government so that Income Tax and/or Council Tax don’t have to be raised. It also creates a large false “industry” that keeps a considerable number of people off the dole queue. Read the rest of this entry »


Entrapment

October 23, 2007

If I receive a handful of complaints about one particular location you can bet your life that the enforcing Authority is milking it for all they are worth.

One such location that has come to my attention recently is at the junction of Battersea Rise and Northcote Road, SW11. As it is on a Red Route this site is enforced by Transport for London.

I took a trip down there to see for myself a few weeks ago and posted the photographs I took to an on-line gallery here. I was even accosted by a passing, angry motorist who had received a ticket a few weeks previously.

t’s a real money trap. The Highway Code says that “You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear”. Well that presupposes that you can actually see the exit as you enter the box.

When you pull up at the lights in Northcote Road, intending to turn left into Battersea Rise you simply cannot see the exit of the box because your line of sight it is obstructed by buildings and street furniture. The fact that there is an advanced stop line (a box for cyclists) and a pedestrian crossing between you and the yellow box makes matters even worse.

What is more, there is a light controlled pedestrian crossing near the exit. And as we all know, pedestrians will always chance their arm even if there is only a vague chance that they will get across the road.

So, when the lights change, you just have to take a chance and pull into the box and pray that there are no vehicles or pedestrians near the exit. The other problem you have to contend with is that there are buses coming in the opposite direction from Clapham Junction Station. Most of these are turning right from St Johns Road into Battersea Rise. The bus drivers take no prisoners, and if you show any sign of hesitation they will pull across in front of you.

I went round the block a couple of times at the back end of the rush hour and it scared the hell out of me.

It’s nice to know that Transport for London is putting revenue before safety. Thanks Ken.


I am Not Alone

October 19, 2007

There are times when I feel I am the only person battling against the crass stupidity of Local Authorities.

I was relieved to be forwarded this letter written to the Streatham MP, Keith Hill protesting about the box junction at Eardley Road and Greyhound Lane. Considering the number of complaints I receive about this junction it must be a really good ‘cash cow’ for Lambeth Council.

Wake up people. Let’s have more of this!

Dear Mr Hill,

I am writing a letter of complaint regarding a penalty charge notice I have received from the above council. Read the rest of this entry »