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Fredd
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QUOTE (Darkatmosphere @ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 - 16:37) *
Where does the line of affording decency and dignity get drawn?

I see why the IPCC came back with nothing more than a they did nothing wrong they have a reputation to maintain.

Is there a basis in a liability claim there? (no jokes about any one can claim but whether they will win is another matter waffle, you know what I mean).

Didn't you like the answers you got when you asked the exact same questions in your opening post?
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Posted on: Yesterday, 12:42


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QUOTE (peterguk @ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 - 12:37) *
OP.

Simple question:

Does your sticker clearly show the BS AU 145 mark?

QUOTE (Audia32011 @ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 - 11:33) *
My number plate was bought off here they are fully legal plates and have the British standard number on


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Posted on: Yesterday, 12:40


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QUOTE (baroudeur @ Sun, 24 Mar 2019 - 12:20) *
Which poses the question - how could a flexible plastic sheet comply?

Because the "backing plate" in this case is the body of the vehicle?
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Posted on: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 - 16:32


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QUOTE (NewJudge @ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 - 16:28) *
Yes I can understand the above and "letting sleeping dogs lie" (albeit you still have an outstanding fine and costs to pay). Your decision (which I thought you'd already made) is therefore this:

You seem to be replying to someone other then the OP?
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Posted on: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 - 10:29


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The thing is, I don't think doubling the penalty to 6 points had any additional deterrent effect - people just don't think they'll get caught, and, easy enough as it is to catch them, they correctly assume that there aren't hordes of traffic cops on bikes dedicated to spotting them and so there's a minute chance that they'll be punished.

Your point about speeding seems to be making my case for me; substantially increasing enforcement has had a dramatic effect on compliance with speed limits, despite a slight reduction in the effective penalties.
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Posted on: Thu, 21 Mar 2019 - 08:59


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QUOTE (Roverboy @ Thu, 21 Mar 2019 - 07:04) *
This seems to be one of those offences that tough penalties doesn't deter

I doubt that tough penalties in themselves deter any crime - what does (ethical considerations aside) is the perceived likelihood of being caught. Politicians love beefing up penalties as a response to a problem because it looks like they're doing something about it, but as the resources available for enforcement in this case are close to zero nothing changes.
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Posted on: Tue, 19 Mar 2019 - 16:06


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QUOTE (Churchmouse @ Tue, 19 Mar 2019 - 15:42) *
He might want to check what E&W's experience with this has had on the civil court system. Why should the Scottish (and E&W) taxpayer be subsidising the Private Parking Industry?

I suspect the politicians just listen to briefings from business - they certainly don't seem to be able to get their heads around the very different models of every user paying for the parking time they use (fair enough), and a small minority of users paying for the entire operation through "fines"/penalties (something akin to extortion).
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Posted on: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 20:58


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At least they haven't done away with the right to remain silent without "adverse inferences" being drawn.
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Posted on: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 - 17:23


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I think that was intended to be tongue in cheek.
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Posted on: Sat, 16 Mar 2019 - 17:21


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QUOTE (SPARKY26 @ Sat, 16 Mar 2019 - 17:05) *
Hi thanks for the reply she was fully insured. It was for 39 in a 30. so the RK is to put the drivers NZ address. and then just wait for the NIP how long have they got to issue this new NIP.

Just to be clear, the RK needs to obtain some form of documentary proof that the friend was insured - it wouldn't be enough to say "she was insured" and expect that the police are going to verify that themselves.
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Posted on: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 - 17:08


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QUOTE (The Slithy Tove @ Fri, 15 Mar 2019 - 16:37) *
But it does highlight a clear and obvious flaw in their system.

Trusting people to be honest?
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Posted on: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - 12:50


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QUOTE (PASTMYBEST @ Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - 10:37) *
I was infected with a virus when opening the video

Are you sure that was the cause? VirusTotal doesn't report an issue with either link.
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Posted on: Thu, 14 Mar 2019 - 09:28


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I can't see a simple your-word-against-his complaint going anywhere. Some forces accept dashcam footage and will pursue particularly egregious offences, whether the Met do I have no idea.
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Posted on: Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 11:26


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QUOTE (Churchmouse @ Wed, 13 Mar 2019 - 11:01) *
Private contractors operate these cars? More information about that, please. That is potentially scandalous.

It's also not a subject for a live advice thread.
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Posted on: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 - 14:01


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Enough of this. I hope you come to your senses before you end up in prison.
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Posted on: Tue, 12 Mar 2019 - 00:41


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They're not really templates when they include specific dates, for example.
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Posted on: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 - 18:35


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I'm not sure that's a template - the whole thing looks more like a compilation of responses to claims they hadn't previously encountered.
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Posted on: Sat, 9 Mar 2019 - 19:22


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QUOTE (seank @ Sat, 9 Mar 2019 - 19:02) *
I didn't think I'd need to tell you that the figure is what today's incumbent gets

A Chief Superintendent actually earns about £85k.

QUOTE (seank @ Sat, 9 Mar 2019 - 19:02) *
Do I need to go on?

Please feel free not to.
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Posted on: Sat, 9 Mar 2019 - 12:33


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QUOTE (seank @ Sat, 9 Mar 2019 - 11:56) *
The YT videos are there for all to see. I couldn't care less whether there are umpteen properly-conducted interactions. What I see on YT are literally hundreds of Plod abuses of power, usually of vulnerable MoP who just comply yet are assaulted, battered or killed.

Of course you see hundreds of such videos on Youtube, because the more you watch videos there on a particular niche subject, the more similar ones Youtube will recommend and even autoplay. Before you know it you'll be convinced that that's the norm. Thus are flat-earthers and anti-vaxers born.
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Posted on: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 10:09


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I seem to remember a year or two back that the police line was something like the camera operators were exercising police powers authorised under the Police Reform Act, and that's where the obstruction came from. It was part of some publicity drive, so how much was FUD and how much real I don't know.
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Posted on: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 09:59


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QUOTE (nigelbb @ Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 08:46) *
It's relatively straightforward to store the excess electricity generated by wind power by pumping water uphill then running that water through turbines when the power is required. The most well known pumped storage power station in the UK has been in use for over fifty years. There used to be a TV advert (was it for the CEGB?) featuring it

Yes, I know, in fact being a bit sad I've been on a tour there while on holiday in Wales. smile.gif

Unfortunately, unlike Norway, we're a bit short of mountains with convenient lakes that could be hollowed out to take the plant. "Electric Mountain", as they imaginatively dubbed it for tourists, has a small capacity compared with grid baseload; it was built to provide rapid short-term response to surges in demand, so we could all brew a cuppa at the end of Coronation Street without the lights going dim, while the big old thermal stations came up to speed.

There's no shortage of whacky ideas to tackle this problem, but none that have the scale needed and are ready for production use, eg:
Energy Vault
Gravitricity
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Posted on: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 08:34


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QUOTE (nigelbb @ Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 07:19) *
QUOTE (seank @ Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 13:09) *
Where is the electricity to charge these vehicles coming from?
http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Thanks for that link. It's fascinating. Yesterday when it was windy at least 30% of power feeding into the National Grid was generated by wind power. This morning it's only 26%. According to the website the figures for wind generation are from metered wind farms & that there is actually another 30% embedded or unmetered. This means that up to 40% of power is currently degenerated by wind which is an amazing figure considering that 20 years ago it was probably 0%. There is still plenty of scope for more wind farms offshore & onshore. In fact the UK could easily be like Denmark & exporting energy generated by wind farms if enough investment were made.

The problem with wind power is that you still have to be able to generate electricity to meet demand when the wind isn't blowing, sometimes for several days, and there still aren't any viable network-level storage technologies that can cope at that kind of scale. There are all kinds of things that help at the margins, like interconnectors and managing demand, but ATM if you want to base your electricity generation on wind power then you're still going to have to build duplicate conventional non-variable generating capacity and then just leave it idle 90% of the time.

QUOTE (nigelbb @ Fri, 8 Mar 2019 - 07:19) *
BTW Has there been some technological breakthrough like carbon fibre sails or something that has suddenly made wind power viable? Windmills are hardly new technology. Could we have been producing a large proportion of energy from wind 50-60 years ago if coal hadn't been so cheap?
Composite blades are the big difference from 50-odd years ago - and the economics of fossil fuel power generation, as you noted.
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Posted on: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 22:45


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QUOTE (seank @ Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 22:13) *
Fredd, we had discussions before about your forum now resembling Honest John and his backroom forum. All old men advising folks to roll over You used to advise fight back.

What would any of that (even if true) have to do with trying to point out that there are circumstances where you can't legally record other people, despite being in a public place yourself?
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Posted on: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 20:02


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QUOTE (seank @ Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 19:25) *
The reality is that I'd be in a public space and carrying out a lawful activity.
If Plod disagreed, make the arrest and we'd let the courts decide.

Please do let us know if you decide to test your "anything goes in a public place" theory.
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Posted on: Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 17:30


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QUOTE (cp8759 @ Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 17:18) *
QUOTE (nigelbb @ Thu, 7 Mar 2019 - 15:29) *
Even when stopping for doughnuts?

The police exemption does not generally qualify that anything must be done for police purposes. There's also the fact that an officer could arguably direct himself, so it's arguable he doesn't even need his mate to tell him to stop there.

The police exemption generally does refer to policing purposes.

The police uniform part refers to directing drivers where to go.

The notion that simply wearing a police uniform allows you to lawfully direct yourself to break traffic regulations in the absence of exercising any policing function is a hell of a stretch, to put it as politely as I can.
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