How many Police people did you see this morning?
NONE and I never do see any. Drive past the motorway Police station at the Preston exit on the M6 and you’ll see a big compound that is permanently full of Police cars standing idle.
There’s never been a better time to speed, break traffic rules or drink drive, which is why drink-driving is on the increase.Posted 4 years ago
Loads – groups at junction of Islington Green; groups at Angel; groups further down Rosebery Avenue. And then seriously loads, police tape, cars and officers cordoning off the whole of Farringdon Road / Clerkenwell Road junction by Turnmills where a bus had hit a pedestrian. 🙁Posted 4 years ago
1 Police car but I don’t live in London.
Drive past the motorway Police station at the Preston exit on the M6 and you’ll see a big compound that is permanently full of Police cars standing idle.
Is it possible that’s where the fleet base is and that’s why there is so many but because you see a Police car you think it should be manned?
Drive past the Pallion station in Sunderland you’ll see a compound full of Ambulances standing idle, you won’t see the duty ones as they’re out what you see is the ones awaiting service repair or distribution.Posted 4 years ago
pdf – it was definitely pretty bad, I saw the front of the bus and the window was destroyed: caved in and completely smashed. I can just see the junction from my office, it’s still closed off now and I went past a couple of hours ago
edit – and note my post above, it was a pedestrian.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
Police station at the Preston exit on the M6 and you’ll see a big compound that is permanently full of Police cars standing idle.
Its not actually full is it ?
I saw two on that section today if that helps
I saw three today in total
There’s never been a better time to speed, break traffic rules or drink drive, which is why drink-driving is on the increase.
The DfT pointed out that despite the apparent sharp rise in 2012, the number was still about 25% lower than in 2009 (380 deaths) and almost 40% lower than the 2005 to 2009 average.
2012 was still the third lowest rate since 1989 after 2010 and 2011.Posted 4 years ago
One year does not make a trend [ its iether a blip or the start of a trend and only time will tell but you need to seriously cherry pick for your statement to be true] and it is downward stillnedrapierSubscriber
There was a good bunch round the junction at Bank. Didn’t notice any others on the previous 5 or 6 miles in from the north.
Did notice a guy who nearly knocked me off (/made me run him down) this morning came past the wall on the left at a full sprint, http://goo.gl/maps/ANsgU my lights were green, I was about 6 feet away going 20-25mph in the middle of the left lane (it’s downhill in that direction). He just about hauled himself down so I passed a foot from him, but that’s the closest call I’ve had in 3 years commuting in London. Quite what he was thinking, I have no idea.Posted 4 years ago
Sad that its taken so many needless deaths and serious injuries before the head of police actually decides to make sure his work force actually enforce traffic regulations, instead of just driving round in expensive leased cars.
The income from the fines issued should also help to pay for their wages as well.Posted 4 years agorobarnoldMember
Give us more officers to drive those ‘idle’ vehicles and we’ll be out there doing what we’re paid to do. Unfortunately uniform officer numbers are low and falling. If the small numbers of us left weren’t out dealing with response calls we’d love to be out giving some public support with directed patrols. This isn’t set to change soon unfortunatelyPosted 4 years ago
any londoners, any more experiences of todays exercise.
Rob Arnold, just an idea, why not park those idle expensive vehicles at known blackspots for collisions, and put a video camera in them and film the vehicles cyclists doing wrong, posibly a good deterent, and a pat on the back from your boss.Posted 4 years ago
You drive a car to a collision spot, and leave it there un maned, so no cost for staffing.It would jusst be sitting in the police compound otherwise.
Then you privatise the viewing and prosecution of the evidence from the car cams, just like parking enforcement in towns and cities,using cctv.
The money raised goes to the private company, creating jobs and reducing the ksi, on the roads.
Its not rocket science.It nmay be more dificult tracking down errant cyclists though, as opposed to motorists with number plates to id them or their vehicle.
C4 tonight 21.00 bristol cctv parking wardens programe.Posted 4 years ago
Just need you to understand that the cars standing idle can’t be just left at the side of the road, they are left idle for various reasons.
Durham have spots where on the Police parking points they have marked up barrios that look like the markings on traffic cars. No idea if it works or not but looks convincing from a distance.Posted 4 years agoGrunkaLunkaMember
A couple up at Camden Stn on the way back tonight. They’d pulled a clown who was completely lightless at 7:00pm, and have the rest of us a very loud “GO!!!” When the lights changed.
However, no sight of them earlier this morning when some fool in a pimped Beemer tried to overtake me in order to squeeze into the tiny gap behind the bus ahead, only to panic when he realised this would mean he’d be in a bus lane. To be fair I’m sure he’d have realised how stupid a move it was if he hadn’t been so busy shouting at me to ride in the gutter…..Posted 4 years ago
One at each ASL at Angel again this morning. Seemed to be doing the trick as nobody was stopped in them, obviously. I doubt it will make much difference though – even this week only the people at the front on each light sequence will even notice, and there won’t be any lasting impact…Posted 4 years agokimbersSubscriber
there were a few round shepherds bush this morning, but none on the big roundabout, which is always dangerous
and a few hundred metres on going up notting hill saw an Occado van clip a cyclist with his wing mirror then shout at the cyclist for riding 2 abreast, same guy then nearly got taken out by a bin lorry running a red at the top of the hill!
And I had a cement mixer, having plainly seen me, pull out forcing me to stop
Did see a police cyclist pull over a guy on the school run too, driver was none too happyPosted 4 years agofranksinatraSubscriber
Cracking article on Daily Wail website yesterday about a guy pulled by the police for cycling his kids to school on a cargo bike. The copper asked him ‘is that thing legal’ to which the cyclist replied ‘you tell me, you are the police’
The article was typical Wail, it literally described the bike as a ‘rickety wheelbarrow attached to a bike’
The reality was one of these
Such a shame that they don’t realise doing school runs on bikes like this is part of the solution, not the problem!Posted 4 years agowhippersnapperSubscriber
…the authorities seem a little happier to respond to complaints about their vehicles at the moment.
I have had more scares in a couple of days than I have had in a year (more aware of danger or something in the air as others have said on other threads, who knows). I have had a bus and a dustbin lorry complete their overtakes on me whilst their back wheel has been level with, both times forcing me to take evasive action otherwise risk being hit by the back end. The bus driver said I should be ‘cycling slower and take notice of the the warning stickers on the back of the bus telling me to stay away’ – useful when he is overtaking me!
Complaints made yesterday (to TFL and Council), and responses with further details wanted back already, whether it is just lip service I don’t. Report incidents though whilst they appear to be taking an interest.Posted 4 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
even this week only the people at the front on each light sequence will even notice, and there won’t be any lasting impact…
They’ve done similar crackdowns in the past, including a couple in Edinburgh (one of which is still in progress), and one thing that always emerges is that most drivers stopped for using the ASL have absolutely no idea what the rules are or that entering it may be an offence.
Perhaps educating the front person at each light sequence wil help. The Edinburgh campaign has certainly got some publicity at least:Posted 4 years agolostneverfoundMember
Just come back from Belgium after watching the Ghent 6, bikes everywhere as you’d expect on roads, bike lanes and what we would only see as pedestrian areas around shops. Bikes are just a natural way of getting around a city. Didn’t see any hassle between cars, bikes or pedestrians, and imagine this here…their government is looking to pass a law to allow cyclists to go through a red light when turning right.Posted 4 years agoMTB-IdleMember
saw loads yesterday (Monday) morning and evening and again this morning.
On CS7 heading North, they started appearing at Tooting and there were from one to half a dozen officers/PCSOs at every major intersection up to the Elephant which is where I turn off CS7.
I saw them pull over and ticket a couple of mopeds who were in the ASL and a couple of tourist RLJ’ers on Boris bikes. But at Stockwell where the resurfacing work has been undertaken but they havent repainted the yellow grid they did nothing about the cars blocking the junction meaning cyclists were weaving in between the cars to cross.
They are going to be with us until XmasPosted 4 years ago
Angel update for today:
8 police officers, one on each side of the crossroads for each road direction.
3 x people pulled over and ticketed / talking tos when I rode through: 1 x cyclist who had run the red light (seriously, how hard is it to spot the police?!), 1 x car and 1 x tipper truck.Posted 4 years ago
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