Most traffic regulation is a vicious circle incorporating a dead end. It champions AUTOcracy over DEMOcracy. Most urban and suburban junctions could be thriving civilised spaces, but they are dehumanised by traffic regulation which imposes unequal rights and discriminates against vulnerable road-users. Government abdicates responsibility for road policy to technocrats. Technocrats remove responsibility from where it belongs: the people, uniquely equipped to negotiate safe movement.