I was riding along the A47 Dual track towards Norwich the other day when I was flagged down by a motorcycle and forced to follow him to a recycling centre. For some reason “operation Mermaid” had dragged me into its net. I will add a photo later but i waited in the queue of several vehicles (I had borrowed a transit van for a couple of weeks from my father as my brother was using the car). It was surprising to me how much tax payers money was being wasted. There were around 6 Police officers standing around chatting aswell as the 1 motorcycle police that had pulled me over. 4 Police cars left sat doing nothing at the depot and one further along left at the side of the road obviously don’t want us to assume they misuse tax funds..lol and the Police motorcycle. Then Customs and Excise alongside VOSA. In total there were around 30 Government workers paid for by idiots like me who pay tax every week standing around doing very little while they checked over 5 vehicles. May sound a bit stupid here but didn’t we invest a fortune in a computer system that tells big brother that the vehicle is taxed, insured has an M.O.T. and even if they need my driver details it could be done at the side of the road? But then again VOSA wanted to do a vehicle inspection but if they had checked the M.O.T. before wasting an hour of my time they would have found it had only just been done a few weeks earlier. I can understand why some of these actions are in place but surely the best place to stick these pen pushers is at the Ports catching the faulty trucks coming from Europe that are killing people on a regular basis? Norfork is a nightmare for Traffic police and speed cameras never seen so many 20 and 30 zones in a region that is so wide open with fields. It must add an hour to my day for travel where other counties are a 60 limit where im forced to do 30 in Norfolk.
Police statistics have revealed that nearly one in five of foreign drivers randomly stopped on UK roads is in breach of the country’s motoring laws. The numbers add up to nearly double that of UK offenders.
The report, published by the Department for Transport, came after a crackdown was implemented by police forces across the UK to tackle rogue drivers – both foreign and British. During the operation, 6,689 drivers were stopped randomly, out of which 11.1 per cent were found to be committing an offence – a statistic that equates to 4.77 million drivers on UK roads. 3.4 per cent of those stopped were found to be committing a serious offence, such as having no insurance or driving while disqualified.
The problem was most prominent in young, male, foreign drivers operating older vehicles. In total, 88 of the drivers randomly stopped were foreign, out of which 19.5 per cent were found to be committing a motoring offence.
The report said: "Checks on non-UK drivers driving UK registered vehicles were significantly more likely to find incidences of non compliance than checks on UK drivers."
However, the report also revealed that the number of rogue drivers on UK roads has decreased significantly, with fewer drivers found to be driving without insurance, a driver’s licence, or MOT than in 2006.
Am I being racist or do the facts speak for themselves? But then again the queue of vehicles I sat in not one was a foreign one. Yet another tick in the U.K. Governments box for Policing its own people unfairly. Before you think I am too biast one thing you have to look at is UK companies are unlikely to encourage the tactics that are being done by foreign truckers. E.g. fitting magnets to Tachographs as the company is based here and likely to get in serious problems aswell as the driver. Where as someone such as Hungarian Gabor Fuksz who was eventually jailed by Truro magistrates for travelling at over 80MPH in his 44 ton truck after he tampered with the Tachograph and also disabled the vehicle limitations. The truth is too many truckers are entering the UK with total disregard for safety. They adjust the hours and will drive through the night. Aswell as to often the trucks aren’t road worthy. But then again we are seeing a constant drop in UK Haulage as we have been sold out to Europe for cheaper operators. But cheap doesn’t always mean good!
Anyway what has this got to do with the Philippines? Simply the fact is I just feel so hassled in the UK either via the fact you have to process so much paperwork these days for simple things to get done or receive penalty notices or the fact big brother is now swallowing up not only so much tax revenues but my time aswell. Come on December I want to go home!! The land where nobody cares what I am doing as long as its not upsetting anyone else take me to the Philippines any day! The UK seems to walk round like it has a cork up its butt these days but its ok to act Imperial if you are an Imperial power but its not.. Its like Rome and watching it crumble at earthquake.. We have left labour sharks and chimps in charge who simply look out for personal gain and haven’t a clue what they are doing.