January 30, 2008
This junction is one of TfL’s cash cows. Since mid 2005 it has contributed almost £1M towards Ken’s coffers. According to recent press coverage that is £1M of our money to be wasted by Ken’s cronies on pointless projects or trips abroad.
Following a couple of recent cases at PATAS, this junction has been ruled as unenforceable, so that should put a serious dent in their finances.
To cut a long story short, the road markings do not conform to Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. That being the case, they have the legal status of graffiti. This yellow box serves absolutely no purpose other than to raise revenue. Read the rest of this entry »
January 9, 2008
You would be surprised at the number of people who have asked me that question.
I finally got the answer – yes they do. And it gets deducted from their wages. Read the rest of this entry »
November 26, 2007
The following reply was received a few days ago from Carolina Lehrian in response to my recent post “I am Not Alone“. Lambeth’s enforcement of the box junction at Eardley Road and Greyhound Lane is attracting almost as much attention as their activities in Salters Hill.
Here’s what Carolina wrote: Read the rest of this entry »
November 25, 2007
Well, the first anniversary of this website went unmarked on November 12th. I was so busy preparing for the next few weeks that I didn’t have time for retrospection. That will have to wait for the Christmas break now.
The postal strike played havoc with applications for appeal and at one stage PATAS were receiving mail posted one month previously. Many people were served Charge Certificates by over eager councils because appeal applications were not received on time.
From my point of view it means that I have delayed appeals all stacked up between now and Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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.
August 8, 2007
“Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” (Alfred Hitchcock)
All the ingredients were there. It would have made a good episode of New Street Law, Boston Legal or some such courtroom series. Erin Brockovich would have been proud of us.
Hard working, law abiding mother; a pillar of society, versus the oppressive bureaucratic machine. Hours of research and preparation, scrutinising the video evidence, Freedom of Information Requests and researching past cases; even some assistance from the Plain English Campaign.
The highs, the lows, nail biting tension, and a plot twist that puts “The Sixth Sense” to shame. Read the rest of this entry »