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Offline The Bald Eagle

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Courtesy of Mr Mustard.


Traffic Warden sets a terrible example

So here we have a 12 second clip of a scooter mounted NSL Ltd / Barnet Council traffic warden going about his lawful duties of issuing PCN to all and sundry on 5 March at almost 3pm on a Sunday afternoon. Now given that a traffic warden's job is to punish those who break parking laws then one can reasonably expect them to demonstrate 100% compliance with driving laws, can we not? Anything else would be hypocritical in the extreme.

Firstly, a health & safety point. Manufacturers of flip up helmets caution you against riding with the front of the helmet in the upright position. The whole point of the front of the helmet is to stop your face hitting the tarmac should you have a crash. The visor should also be down whilst you are moving to stop flying stones or flies & wasps hitting you in the eye. You only have to look at the state the front of your bike gets into to see how much debris there is in the air.

How many rules of the road does the traffic warden break?

1.  He undertakes cars. That was a breach of the Highway Code and not at all necessary.

2.  He undertakes (= overtakes) the front car which is stopped. That is a breach of the law (anything which says MUST NOT in red in the Highway Code is a statement of the law).

3.  He crosses the stop line at a time at which the lights are red. That is also a breach of the law.

NSL are very fond of quoting the Highway Code to people who have committed a parking contravention. Clearly not so keen that their employees abide by it.

It strikes Mr Mustard that the contract with NSL really ought to be amended to require scooter riding civil enforcement officers (traffic wardens) to undergo IAM or ROSPA training so that they demonstrate to the public at large the highest standards of riding ability and compliance with the rules and the laws of the road.

Guilty as not charged

Yours frugally

Mr Mustard

(Before you ask, Mr Mustard has passed both IAM and ROSPA advanced motorcycling tests)

Update 9 March 17: Barnet council parking management are very unhappy with the unsafe riding of the CEO and are taking immediate action to ensure that all riders comply with traffic law (they can park on double yellows if necessary and safe to do so) and do not put their safety, or that of other road users, in jeopardy.

Offline scalyback

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er, guys... He looked like he was filtering. Crossing the stop line while the red light is illuminated is a no, passing the lead vehicle at a crossing point is a no, but under/overtaking slow or stationary traffic at a controlled speed is allowed.

Offline DastardlyDick

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I agree with the point regarding the red light, but I can't see anything wrong with the filtering (isn't that one of the reasons why most of us ride bikes?). The point regarding flip front helmets, believe it or not, depends on the CE approval of the helmet - some, like the new Shoei neotec, you can legally ride with the chin bar raised - others (such as the old BMW system 3) you cannot. It could also depend on NSL/Barnet Council H & S policy - to give an example, Met Police solo riders are issued Shoei Neotecs which can legally be ridden chin bar up BUT it is Met Policy that they are not, with severe consequences if caught doing so!
I very much doubt that NSL/Barnet Council will send their CEOs on Advanced courses as (a) It costs too much, (b) they don't have full m/c licences and (c) they'd have to be "off street" for several days and therefore not issuing PCNs to line the coffers, as the learned Mr Eagle would say "it's all about the money".


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