Category Archives: Health & Safety

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About European Emissions Standards

European emissions standards define the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of new vehicles sold in the European Union. These standards are defined by a series of EU directives dictating the progressive introduction of increasingly stringent standards. Car manufacturers and, for example, business hire companies are obliged to comply. This infographic courtesy of Northgate Vehicle Hire tells the story: Continue reading

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2040: Yes, But Have They Thought It Through?

Following the government’s announcement that the sale of petrol and diesel cars must stop after 2040 a taxi driver was interviewed by some television Johnny. He was broadly in agreement with the idea but wondered how taxi drivers – for example – would manage given the EV range issue as it stands today. Continue reading

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Driving Standards Down The Drain

Recently a report noted that some children don’t know that chips are made from potatoes. A quick butcher’s on the internet showed that this should come as no surprise. Pork comes from pigs they are astonished to learn and what are tomatoes exactly? On the very first search page without any effort, reports on the ignorance of children when it comes to food dated back to 2012. The surprise is that in the intervening five years, although the issue is much discussed, nothing has actually been done to change things. Sounds wearingly familiar doesn’t it? Continue reading

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The APPCG & The One-Sided Argument

It was reported the other day (here) that some MPs are calling for cyclists to be given priority over other road-users in an updated version of the Highway Code to give them more protection from evil motorists. It goes without saying that the MPs in question form the all-party parliamentary cycling group (APPCG) so they would say that, wouldn’t they? Continue reading

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The Standard Of Driving Standards

More than eight out of every ten British motorists are unaware of new speeding fines, which could see someone earning £50,000 pay a fine of £1000 for travelling 41mph in a 20mph limit. This is according to research carried out for a survey by a leading consumer motoring website (acknowledged) and it is relevant to driving standards. Continue reading

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MUSTN’T GRUMBLE: Blue Badge Bandits

Mustn’t Grumble’ is an occasional feature that will appear when I, rather than explode, will find it necessary to have a very British rant: No.2. Blue Badge Abuse:  We all complain about rules and regulations, especially when they are clearly absurd, as is so often the case. Sometimes though – just sometimes – officialdom gets it right. This is the case with the Blue Badge scheme which allows drivers with disabilities to park more conveniently. Continue reading

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The Laughing Policeman

Long ago, in the days when men wore proper hats and opened car doors for ladies, there were amusement arcades on the end of any seaside pier. There, amongst the crane machines that robbed you blind and the handle-cranked ‘What The Butler Saw’ Mutoscope reels with Edwardian ladies disporting in their dishabille much to the secret delight of coy youths with restless genitals, there was exhibited an automaton in the form of a ruddy-faced laughing policeman. There’s one in the clip below: see how jolly he is, laughing in gratitude for the gift of a penny in the slot. (Once you get the idea stop the clip; gets a bit irritating after a while). Continue reading

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Road Safety: Drive Safer For ’17

Someone, not me, once said words to the effect of, ‘It isn’t ice or fog or snow or rain that causes car accidents, it is drivers’. Very true. I’m reminded of this by the tragic multi-car pile-up on the A40 at Oxford. Generally, we will never know the actual circumstances but at least one fool was clearly driving too fast for the conditions and roped innocent people into his or her death wish. Once again road safety is a hot topic. Continue reading

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The Twelve Road Safety Rules Of Christmas

Unbelievably, despite all the publicity, road accident statistics show no sign of improving. It seems unbelievable that people still drink and drive and/or use phones (my personal pet hate) and technology whilst on the move. Further, I am witnessing – and I am sure you are too if you care at all about road safety – a fair number of incidences of driving that can only be described as sloppy or careless at best. Continue reading