Tag Archives: traffic regulation

The definition of fascism?

Re previous posts about the fabricated “crime” of “speeding”. Statutory traffic law allows no defence, no arguments on rational or commonsense grounds. The system inures itself against reform by forbidding voices to be raised in challenge. It’s a self-serving monster.

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Speeding: a fabricated crime

Motorists who fall foul of traffic regulation are rarely real criminals. Captain, now Sir Tom Moore, the NHS fundraising hero, admitted to breaking the speed limit hundreds of times. In doing so, he probably only hurt the odd fly. Harriet … Continue reading

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Moronic traffic regulation

Traffic regulation is devised by morons for fellow morons as well as bright people. Speed limits and traffic lights require total obedience. They brook no argument if you exercise discretion (e.g. creep across a deserted junction or accelerate briefly to … Continue reading

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Road pricing?

The song Taxman by George Harrison and John Lennon has the lines, “If you drive a car we’ll tax the street … If you take a walk we’ll tax your feet”. Traffic regulation costs tens of billions a year yet fails to keep us … Continue reading

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More retrospective regulation

By law, new electric cars travelling at 12mph or less must now emit warning sounds of their approach. Like traffic lights, this is an attempt to retrofix a man-made problem. If the zombies running the system made drivers responsible for … Continue reading

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Traffic regulation and zealotry

Today’s concluding Point of View by the great Roger Scruton had a bearing on the subject of relationships on the road. Apologies if I oversimplify. He spoke of shared values arising from shared experience, with families and nation states tolerating difference but sinking their differences … Continue reading

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Omnishambles

The OED defines Iannucci’s inspired word as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”. How well it describes traffic management.

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Blame the children?

A half-heard news item on Today was about 11 year-olds immersed in their mobile phones being three times more likely (than 10 year-olds?) to be hit on the roads. No doubt the usual suspects will blame children’s lack of awareness. … Continue reading

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On the roads, self-interest = mutual interest

In banking and consumer affairs, regulation may be necessary, because self-interest is driven by profit. On the roads, regulation is counterproductive. Why? Because self-interest = the common interest. My interest in not hitting you mirrors your interest in not hitting … Continue reading

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Balls bowled

So Ed Balls is caught “speeding” (a fabricated crime if ever there was one). What beats me about incidents like this is the abject acceptance by intelligent people that they are wrong and speed limits are right. Never do they … Continue reading

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