Outrageous fines an abuse of power
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