Like many others, I have a problem with speeding tickets , my first ever in forty years of driving !
Of course it was a camera – and a con trick to gather money.
The road was a minor A road completely empty except for me. It was 9.30 p.m. ish on a dark winter night and it was raining cats and dogs, relentlessly.
Because of atrocious weather conditions and a very bendy road it was impossible for me to drive particularly fast. Driving at all in those conditions took all my concentration. If I had driven fast, I would simply have skidded off the road. I also had my nine year old son in the car.
Suddenly, going around a sharp bend I saw a 30 mph sign. It was obscured from being seen at any maximum sort of distance by virtue of being partially around a bend.
The very second I saw the 30 mph sign I braked as hard as the wet, greasy skid encouraging road surface allowed.
While my foot was still firmly on the brake holding the car on the edge of a slight skid – around a corner – in a semi emergency stop sort of way, the camera flashed.
It was so close to the 30MPH sign it was impossible to slow any faster from what had been a reasonable speed prior to the sign.
The record showed me doing 38 mph.
The case has yet to go to court where I wish to fight it.
I am even considering refusing to pay any fine etc if found guilty and would be prepared to go to prison.
If everyone was prepared to do this, refuse to pay and willing go to prison, the law would change pretty damn quick, I should think.
I now always make a point of never paying for parking, and just throw all the tickets away, as I have had some breathtaking experiences of being robbed blind with parking tickets. I even lost a newish car illegally taken by bailiffs.
Two recent tickets have instantly expanded to over a thousand pounds each because I didn’t pay them. The utterly disproportionate way in which an already extortionate penalty charge of £40 instantly escalates to this sort of figure is a national scandal.
WHY do we all put up with it ?
This Totalitarian Government under Gordon Brown is simply a thief.
Motorists are being deliberately milked of gigantic amounts of money to prop up an incompetent, repressive and failing Government of inadequate control freaks.
How did they ever get into power ?
Any advice would be very welcome. And might I suggest giving consideration to organising a national campaign against extorting money through the excuse of ludicrously high parking fees.
If everyone just threw their parking tickets away and refused to pay for parking, the whole rotten system would grind to a full stop.
Just to point out a little truth that few people seem be aware of. Most council parking parking fees add up the cost of a parking space being more than enough each month to pay for a substantial mortgage.
Yes, that’s right. Each parking space milks the motorist of a monthly sum sufficient to pay a large mortgage. Some spaces wrack up to being worth thousands of pounds per month to the council in extortion money.
When criminals specialise in extortion it is a crime. How come it isn’t a crime when councils and the government do it ?
Can someone tell me ?