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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Town that scrapped 'motorist tax' speed cameras sees no increase in accidents

This story in the Daily Mail is almost too good to be true.

Proof, if ever any were needed, that what we at Motorists Against Detection  have been saying for years - SPEED CAMERAS DO NOT WORK THEY ARE THERE TO RAISE CASH.

Get the message?

Good. Now let's remove them where they aren't needed and be honest about why they are there in the first place.

Captain Gatso
The Motorists Friend

The first town in Britain to scrap fixed speed cameras has seen no increase in accidents, it was revealed yesterday.

But the number of motorists prosecuted for speeding there dropped by more than 40 per cent.

Swindon switched off its cameras over claims they were a ' blatant tax on the motorist' which did nothing to improve safety.

Read more

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Bring on the fuel protests

At last! People are being stirred into action.

How many people will support the latest bid to avoid filling up on 1 May?

To be honest, not many.

But Nu Liebore will be fuming that the protest to highlight fuel costs takes place just a few days before the election.

Remember: the inept, lying Government trousers 76p for every litre sold.

So let's support the bankers bonuses and keep on paying!

Apparently, haulage firms in the North-East and activists Farmers For Action are also planning demos. Various people have been in touch for me to take a lead on this but I need more people to step forward.

Also people need to be aware that Tony Blair changed the law on these protests.

Captain Gatso,
The Motorists Friend

We're net buying petrol there

Read the News of the World story:

ANGRY motorists are planning mass protests against petrol prices just DAYS before the election.

A huge Facebook campaign is mobilising half a million drivers to boycott pumps in demos which could be devastating for Gordon Brown as Britain goes to the polls.

It comes after a series of unpopular tax hikes in recent months sent petrol soaring to 120.8p a litre this week - up from 94.9p only a YEAR ago - with the Government pocketing 76p for every litre sold.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Angry Britain blogs on petrol price

I think this writer manages to sum up how many people feel on the subject of petrol prices.

Good work Angry Britain!

Read his blog

And talking about being angry.

Can the BBC News stop being the mouthpiece for a discredited government?

On the News at Ten last Thursday, the anchor threw to a reporter standing outside a petrol station and they discussed that oil is priced in dollars and that it flucuates and that prices will most certainly go UP!

Can I just point out, yet again, that petrol prices could come DOWN tonight if the Government adjusted its 80% tax rate.

Or is that all a bit too simple?

Captain Gatso
The Motorists Friend

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

£100k bill to get off a £60 ticket

Good luck to Neil in this fight. It's been ongoing for a while so he deserves every respect.

The local authorities are fighting it all the way in the knowledge they can't legally defend themselves.

They hide behind the notion that the laws are 'too complicated to implement'.

How come there wasn't a problem when the police were responsible?

The answer is that the councils got greedy and relied on the UK population not fighting back.

To a large we haven't but there's a sting in the tail coming very, very soon....

Captain Gatso

A PARKING crusader waging the biggest ever war against traffic wardens has shelled out £100,000 - to fight a £60 ticket.

Neil Herron, 47, has already re-mortgaged his £200,000 home to fund the landmark legal battle.

And now he's flogging his car - along with the appropriate personalised numberplate F1 NED.

Read the News of the World story

Monday, 12 April 2010

Motorway protest plan over rising fuel prices

At last! Can't believe this has taken so long to come about. At £6 a gallon we ALL need to man the barricades.

HUNDREDS of bikers and motorists are expected to stage a go-slow protest along one of the North of England's main motorways after petrol prices have soared to an all-time high.

The demonstration on the first Bank Holiday weekend in May has been organised along the M62 between Yorkshire and Lancashire amid widespread condemnation of the UK's fuel costs.

The RAC revealed on Thursday last week that the average price of a litre of petrol at the pumps is now 120p, eclipsing the previous peak of 119.7p set in July 2008.

More than 1,500 bikers and motorists are expected to join the go-slow convey leaving Hartshead Moor Services, near Huddersfield, on May 1.

The protesters will meet at 9am before joining a second convoy at Birch Services, on the M62 near Middleton.

Taking up all the motorway lanes at no more than 25 miles an hour, they will head for Manchester Town Hall to be joined by more demonstrators on foot.

A spokesman for the protest said: "We hope to beat the turn-out for a similar protest in 2008 and will do it on Saturday out of compassion for those who are trying to earn a decent crust at work."

The new record petrol prices came days after the Government raised fuel duty by 1p a litre. A further 1p rise is due in the autumn, with a 0.76p increase planned for next January.

The RAC blamed the increase on a combination of factors.

Primarily, the weak pound and the increase in the wholesale price of fuel had produced a steady rise since the beginning of the year. Also, tax rises since December 2008 have added around 10p to the cost of a litre of fuel.

The AA said a two-car family had seen its monthly petrol costs rise from £233.32 to £254.60.

With the pound 13.5 per cent weaker now than 18 months ago, it is likely that the pump price of petrol will rise another 1p to about 121p a litre.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Police secretly photographing 14million motorists a day and storing images for two years

The police state we call the UK really is a sad place to live.

The Daily Mail has an interesting story - and I'm pleased to see that Liberty say this is an illegal database.

No lawmaker has been involved with the police compiling this horrendous database.

Will they stop sending our images to the computer? Under Nu Liebore? What do you think?

Captain Gatso
The Motorists Friend

Police are secretly photographing up to 14million motorists a day and keeping their details for years, it has emerged. Images of drivers and their front seat passengers are being captured by a network of cameras and held on a database without their knowledge, a police document has revealed.

Now police chiefs are facing a legal challenge from privacy campaigners, who say that automatic number plate recognition cameras are being used to spy on innocent road users.

Police and the Highways Agency have previously claimed that ANPR cameras on the roads do not transmit images of drivers.

Read the rest.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Robbers given lower fines than motorists caught speeding

If ever you needed to see how the politicians see motorists as being a cash cow then read this story in the Mail.

Robbers are walking away from court with lower fines than those given to motorists caught speeding or parking without a ticket.

In one year, the average fine handed to muggers by magistrates was only £47.

A minor parking infringement earns a £120 ticket in London, or £70 outside the capital. Speeding carries a £60 penalty.

Read the Daily Mail article

And they're off!

So the election starts. We will be watching what's in it for the long-suffering motorists and comment here.

Motorists Against Detection will also be unveiling our very own election manifesto shortly.

Anyone concerned with how politicians have been kicking us over the past 13 years will be interested to hear what we are calling for.

As a powerful but underrepresented voice we can work together to ensure that the political parties take note of us.

Captain Gatso
The Motorists Friend

PS I saw a garage yesterday with petrol at £1.24 a litre - and there's still no protests or riots. What has happened to us?