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king of pipes

king of pipes

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Plumber
Gas Engineer
I am ashamed admit I haven't had a clean driving licence in 20 + years have attended 2 speed aware ness courses paid countless fines I have always had 6 points for sp30s this is not something I am proud of, and since dropping to only one sp30 on my licence made a conscious effort to drive to the limits, changed to a less powerful van reduced my daily work load , there is no excuse for excess speed I know this but this is where I find it a bit unfair we as engineers put alot of pressure on ourselves go above and beyond the call of duty be somewhere promptly and on time , constant vists to the merchants sometimes 2- 3 times a day the amount of time and traveling we do I have always put it down to a hazard of the job, recently I fitted a walk in shower for a gentleman who has a bad heart and needs major surgery to save his life the journey time through traffic say 25 mins so heres the scenario having got to the job did a few hours work and realised I need more expoxy crack repair resin so back in the van 25 min journey get what I needed then 25 mins back then the pita bit Mr speed cameras man sets his self up at the end of a 40 mph limit where it reduces to 30mph in wait for his next victim you guessed it I got a letter on the mat today 35 mph in a 30 FFS this one is a bit hard to swallow so needed to vent off a bit sorry chaps ! looking like 6 points again ? but I am beginning to think this is a money making exercise your opinion please if you want to hang me or hug me😂 kop
 
Aquarius

Aquarius

Plumber
Gas Engineer
I got caught once, doing 65 in a 30, I am not proud I of it, received a NIP, went to court and received court costs, solicitors fee and 6 points. Like you say no excuse, but mine was, I was late for work and had a courtesy car which was obviously nippier than mine. Not really gone over since. Company I work for has tracker systems which can tell them my speed, so good really. The more recent one being my manager gets a text or email if I’m im speeding. I get your point about being somewhere fast, or going aboveboard and beyond, but would a judge see it the same way?
 
rpm

rpm

Esteemed
Plumber
When working an area well known for mobile cameras I reached 9pts on the licence and my boss decided to come and drop off some stock items I needed and have a "chat" about the points.

Few weeks later I heard he had been caught twice that day!

I know we put pressure on ourselves but if you work out how much time you really save it just ain`t worth it.
All my points have been SP30 with the highest being 37mph but for some reason I am more aware of my speed in a 20mph zone.
 
M

Murdoch

Res.Electrician
I saw a police motor cyclist the other day using a speed camera on a tripod .. he was dressed in black so you'd never see him until it was far too late.

IMHO speeding in a 30mph zone is far more dangerous than on a motorway
 
Gasmk1

Gasmk1

Gas Engineer
It is and always has been 1st a money making scheme and although it’s a safety thing since cameras being automatic and not manned and stopping you it has lost some of the safer side of just being a bit over and being stopped and just given a strong talking to which makes more of an impression than a ticket through the post. Luckily I have had a clean licence for about 10 years. I find cruse control a blessing just set it to whatever the limit is and drive that way
 
M

Murdoch

Res.Electrician
stopping you it has lost some of the safer side of just being a bit over and being stopped and just given a strong talking to which makes more of an impression than a ticket through the post.
I was a passenger with my son a few weeks back in his "hot hatch" and he was speeding, then suddenly slowed down - then a police car appeared next to him, pulled in front and used his "board" to say "watch your speed - slow down"

It was a real shame they didn't stop him and tick him off verbally or even give him a ticket but I suspect the dual carriageway wasn't long enough!
 
R

Ric2013

Plumber
Hi KOP,

Actually, I'm with you (and unusually) on this one. Given that 30 limits often begin well before the actual built-up area, it feels wrong to me to brake when I've burned precious fuel in order to gather the speed and I would far rather ease off the the throttle and allow the vehicle to slow naturally, but then you're doing 35 inside the 30 limit area - but you're only JUST inside it.

Although I feel the above may be an excuse - my first car was a 27BHP 600cc petrol vehicle that had very effective engine braking, and perhaps I learned the ease-off technique for that reason. Engine braking doesn't work so well with a heavy diesel van.

I wonder whether your policeman can produce a valid speed gun calibration certificate for the day...?
 
SimonG

SimonG

Plumber
Got me last week. Come into town and goes from 60 to 30, road rises slightly and then drops. Letter says I was doing 40, sent my form off.

First time caught in 30 years, last time was same spot but going in opposite direction. Didn't see copper step out in road with his hand up to stop me because of the low sun behind. I stopped in time, just.

I'm not doing the speed awareness I'll take the points and fine.

No excuse and no complaint, was trying to catch the local merchants before they shut so I could get a head start the next morning.

Only thing I will say is that a mate of mine waited 4 days for them to come and see him after he was assaulted. My son waited a week for them to come and see him after his van was broken into.

But I suppose you have to get wins when you can.


Certainly slowed me down a bit now.
 
JCplumb

JCplumb

Esteemed
Plumber
I was on the M62, got done doing 68 in a 50.
It was literally 10 yards after the speed dropped from 70 to 50 I was busy reading the exit sign and missed the 50 sign.
Not had points for about 10 years, no speed awareness offered. Instant points and £100 fine.
It was about 2 miles before some roadworks that were unmanned.
That's 100% money making in my opinion, absolutely nothing to do with road safety..
 
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king of pipes

king of pipes

Esteemed
Plumber
Gas Engineer
When working an area well known for mobile cameras I reached 9pts on the licence and my boss decided to come and drop off some stock items I needed and have a "chat" about the points.

Few weeks later I heard he had been caught twice that day!

I know we put pressure on ourselves but if you work out how much time you really save it just ain`t worth it.
All my points have been SP30 with the highest being 37mph but for some reason I am more aware of my speed in a 20mph zone.
Same here mate all SP30s in the van during work hours 😤😤
 
ShaunCorbs

ShaunCorbs

Staff member
S. Mod
Plumber
Gas Engineer
It’s the same as parking tickets in London money making racket nothing about safety as there lying in wait for you
 

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