Alf today salutes a Pommy cop with a great idea.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne is pressing for cyclists to receive the same penalties for going through traffic lights as drivers.
Furthermore, she says number plates on bikes would ‘make life easier’ for the cops. It would enable them to be more readily prosecuted when they break the law.
Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said cyclists should have the same identification as drivers so they can be penalised in the same way if they go through traffic lights.
Mrs Bourne, who argued a few individuals ‘ruin it for the many’, said equal punishment for drivers and cyclists would ‘make life easier’.
Speaking at a public meeting, she said: ‘I would like to see cyclists wear some form of identification like cars have.
‘This way when they go through traffic lights, you can actually identify them and then you can prosecute them for breaking the law.’
Inevitably, the Brits can come up with at least one tosser to say this is a bad idea.
In this case, the tosser is Tony Green, of the Brighton and Hove Cycling Campaign.
He regards the the idea as ‘totally unrealistic’ for administrative and practical reasons (although byh the looks of it he should be old enough to know better)..
Mr Green, 67, from Brighton, East Sussex, said: ‘Cyclists are seen as the easy target.
‘I don’t really know what it is, but maybe people think they are getting something for free.’
Sorry, Tony, but Alf is much more comfortable with Mrs Bourne’s thinking on this one:
‘It is something that has been at the back of my mind for a long time.
‘Because when you use the road, if you are driving a car you have your number plate [to identify you].
‘Other people register, they pay to use the roads and cyclists don’t, admittedly, but there have been occasions when I have been sat at red lights and seen cyclists go through.
‘And it is never the responsible cyclists that do this.
‘The ones that belong to the clubs, they are great, they are the ones that adhere to all the laws, so it is the few that ruin it for the many.’
Green agreed there are cyclists who break the law but then said ten or one hundred times as many motorists break the law.
Betcha he has no numbers to support this proposition.
Even if he does have the numbers that’s not quite the point.
The point is that if cyclists break the law they should be done for it, and without anything to identify them like a number plate, prosecuting them is not easy.
Come to think of it, Alf is of a mood on some occasions to kick them off the road for no other reason than that they are getting in his bloody way.
He has a special snitch against the ones who dawdle along windy bits of highway where passing them is impossible without crossing double yellow lines (which would be illegal).
Man invented the wheel a long while back, but the full potential of this technological triumph was not realised until somebody came along and stuck a chassis, seats and a motor on top of four wheels. Anything on two wheels should have been banned at that point in our history to spare us the nonsense of having to accommodate plonkers who opt for pedal power.
If the two-wheeled vehicle was powered with a motor, mind you, an exemption would be made.