I’ve been meaning to write this story for a few months now…
There were two incidents that happened earlier this year within a week or so of each other, which I think demonstrate everything that’s wrong with the ridiculous — so called — road laws in the UK.
The first incident was in London, where a driver – Steven James – was fined £197 for jumping out of the way of a police van that was weaving in and out of traffic and aggressively trying to overtake him.
Steven pulled into a bus lane to let the police van pass, and was surprised when he received the penalty charge.
Still, he thought, it must be an automated system and if he appealed, they would clearly see that he was getting out of the way of a police van…
A dimwit from Waltham Forest Council said (and is it just me who reads this in a robotic voice?):
“The rules in London are very clear about entering bus lanes, and it is the responsibility of drivers to know and follow them.
“The driver can be seen moving into the bus lane to let the emergency vehicle pass, before proceeding to drive the length of the bus lane despite having the opportunity to re-enter the road.
“Had the driver re-entered the road, they would not have received a fine.”
Okay, so lets examine that with the actual evidence shall we?…
As you can see in the picture above, the bus lane ends just after where Steven entered it.
Why would any reasonable, safety conscious person pull back out across the white line and then immediately back over to the left?
Of course, they wouldn’t.
These council idiots really are punitive and nasty in my view.
By contrast… right around the same time, a man by the name of Kevin Armstrong aggressively pulled over a 24 year old girl in Nottingham by pretending to be a police officer.
He told her that she was speeding and driving dangerously, and was going to issue her with a speeding ticket.
When she denied it, he said “we can either do this the nice way or the nasty way”.
Luckily a commuter came to the young Woman’s aid and scared the bully off.
“He pulled his car next to mine and was yelling at me to pull over.
“He had flashing lights on his car and I thought he was a police officer.
“When I told him I wasn’t speeding, he became more aggressive and said he would give me a speeding ticket.
“I completely froze, I didn’t know what was going on. I never found out what his intentions were, but it’s terrifying to think of. I didn’t leave my house for a week after the incident.”
The punishment when he was caught?
A £620 fine and 3 points on his driving licence!
Of course its easy to jump to conclusions when a man forcefully pulls a young woman he doesn’t know over on the street.
But without jumping to those conclusions, is it morally okay for this man to go around bullying vulnerable young women?
Wouldn’t you agree that its absolutely not?
So on the one hand we have a good Samaritan, trying to assist the police on their way to — in theory at least! — help someone. By any reasonable judgement this is not a crime.
And on the other hand you have a potentially dangerous, aggressive bully, threatening and scaring the life out of a young woman.
And the penalties… were basically the same!
Is it just me, or has the so called justice system in the UK been completely corrupted?
Let me know your take in the comments below:
All the best,