Out­ra­geous fines an abuse of power

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

WE have had ve­hi­cle own­ers threat­ened with £ 2,500 fines and pros­e­cu­tion for ob­struct­ing bin lor­ries. We have had home­less peo­ple threat­ened with £ 2,500 fines for leav­ing pos­ses­sions in door­ways.

Now, un­der anti- so­cial be­hav­iour laws, in an at­tempt to boost re­cy­cling rates, coun­cils are threat­en­ing house­holds with £ 2,500 fines, and busi­nesses, in­clud­ing cor­ner shops, with £ 20,000 fines, for over­fill­ing their bins.

Ou­traged? An abuse of power? What is out­ra­geous and an abuse of power is the treat­ment of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans!

In Jan­uary 2006, a driver with three de­fec­tive tyres was fined £ 180 af­ter he skid­ded into 12 cy­clists from the Rhyl CC, killing four of them.

In 2016, cy­clist and high­school teacher Sam Boul­ton, 26, was fa­tally in­jured. He was knocked into the path of an al­co­holic van driver, when a taxi pas­sen­ger opened her door.

She was fined £ 80. The al­co­holic got a “slapped wrist”.

Then this Au­gust 27, Vicky Myres, 24, ( she had cy­cled from Lands End to John O’Groats), was killed by a hit- and- run driver in Tim­per­ley.

Now teenage cy­clist Olivia Wo­j­ciechowska has been crushed by a lorry in Sal­ford.

Last year, 123 cy­clists and more than 400 pedes­tri­ans were killed. Olivia is the 76th cy­clist to be killed this year.

Can there be no end to cy­clists be­ing killed whilst train­ing and rid­ing for char­ity?

How many horses and rid­ers have been killed?

And Theresa May said no­body would be left be­hind.

When some­one is left for dead, it is surely tan­ta­mount to mur­der.

Clearly, laws to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble road users need “re­cy­cling”! Al­lan Ram­say, by email

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