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Contraception needed

LESS IS NOT MORE

UK20Most people would agree that a reduction in traffic speed in built-up areas is a good thing, from a road safety point of view. This is plainly the thinking behind the now commonplace “20 mph zone”. Indeed such a reduced speed limit on housing estates or near schools and hospitals has to make sense, leading to a reduction in casualties.

However, these zones appear to be breeding like rabbits along more and more roads throughout the UK, and often there is no visible reason for them, unless it’s to keep council workers employed (the signs don’t erect themselves). For decades the speed limit in “built-up areas” has been 30 mph, and if it’s enforced it’s fine.

Councils, and indeed central government, should be aiming to ease traffic flow but the random introduction of 20 mph speed zones has the opposite effect, leading to congestion, pollution and frustration (which itself leads to accidents).

It’s human nature, if drivers can’t see a reason for these “20 zones” then most will certainly ignore them (getting frustrated and even abusive with drivers who don’t), and as we all know Police numbers have been reduced to such an extent that there simply aren’t enough “bobby’s” around to enforce these speed limits. That makes them a pointless, yet expensive, exercise.

It’s time to take a step back, and think. Yes, place them at proven “black spots”, but for goodness sake be realistic. 20 mph along a main road, just because it leads into a village, isn’t going to achieve anything (not positive anyway!).

Correctly sited, or even timed, these zones have a place in road safety but zones for the sake of zones defeats the object, unless of course the object all along is to annoy the already overburdened motorist!

Update 7/10/13If you thought, as most people would, that those “20” speed limit signs were as enforceable as other regular speed signs then, in at least one area of the country, you’d be wrong. According to one local Police force they are a council run “pilot” scheme & as such Police have not been given powers to enforce the “20” limit. Effectively it means drivers would only be ticketed in a 20 zone if they exceeded 30mph! Crazy, or what? It makes a mockery of the whole idea!

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You snooze, you lose

Leave Them At The Gate

How many times have you heard the announcement “would passengers a,b,c please go immediately to gate x, the aircraft is about to leave“? And this gets repeated several times. It’s even worse if you happen to be one of the many sat on the plane, waiting for latecomers.

Why should your flight be delayed because of some thoughtless individuals?

If you’re not at the bus stop when the bus leaves, it goes without you. Same for trains, no matter that you may have a ticket, if you’re not there at the stated departure time it goes without you – and rightly so. So why not aircraft?

Departure times are clear; procedures should be in place that if a passenger isn’t on board at the necessary time their bag is off-loaded. This should be done early enough to enable on-time departure, and if they should then arrive… tough, they’re still late and deserve to miss the flight. After all, why should 200 or more people be held up for the sake of 1 or 2? There’s also the knock on effect of late departures, with missed connections etc, not to mention costs to the airlines (which they then pass on to us). If this was a published policy for all airlines I’m certain less people would be willing to ignore the clock, and more flights would take off on time.

So, get there on time or miss your flight! Simples!!