AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: United Kingdom
County: West Midlands
When I said “subjective” it was because I truly believe that motorists are too easy a target!
There are laws governing identification, legality and roadworthiness of both vehicles and drivers.
The police can check all sorts of information such as registered owner/keeper and licence details of such people, road tax, insurance and MoT status of vehicle plus any other outstanding issues that may apply.
Purely from a photo or scribble in an officer’s notebook cars and/or drivers can be traced at a later date, therefore for the legitimate ones there is no escape!
The balance is tipped in their favour.
BUT if beat officers see an incident and stop somebody on the street they have very little power of identification for that person to help them.
If they are given misinformation by that person they only have local knowledge and experience to assist them.
Fortunately people are not required to have registration numbers etched onto them nor have the equivalent of licence, insurance, tax and MoT registered to them.
The balance is tipped against them.
We all, as humans, have good days and bad days, the police are no exception!
And because of this, what is deemed as OK one day can be deemed as Not OK another day!
Therefore for all legitimate drivers and their vehicles, I would like to see a ‘3 strikes and your out’ type system where for a first offence you get told the errors of your ways and the details of such recorded against you then if you are caught again you only have yourself to blame, you was given a chance and you didn’t heed the advice, learn the lesson!
I do not have concerns about being ‘caught out’ if I am doing something wrong and will happily except the consequences of such wrong doings,
But I would like to be able to discuss/defend my actions in a reasonable manner with the authorities without fear of escalation and/or reprisals.
I would very much like to see the authorities using all of the available systems at their disposal to remove the vehicles and people who do not comply with the law off the roads altogether,
Therefore improving things all round for the majority of law abiding citizens.
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