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Ripped off drivers

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Brian Gregory’s comments (October 16). There are many things we motorists have to contend with these days and it seems to be getting worse.

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Brian Gregory’s comments (October 16). There are many things we motorists have to contend with these days and it seems to be getting worse.

Considering how many cars are licensed to be on our roads (20 million plus), plus six million motorcycles and some 12 million commercial vehicles, our accident figures are pretty low, with some 2,800 deaths and approximately 12,000 injuries in any year.

It is a fact that speed in itself is not a factor in the majority of road traffic accidents. Most occur within built-up areas or the 30 or 40mph limit areas.

Even police patrol cars are responsible for approximately 80 deaths a year as a result of their ridiculous high speed pursuits.

Our driving test is completely inadequate. Learner drivers receive no motorway instruction and very limited experience of driving at night or in bad weather.

But coming back to what Mr Gregory alluded to - the considerable over use of cameras. These have little to do with road safety and have made little difference to overall accident figures. They are much more about raising revenue.

Mr Gregory is also correct about the general condition of our roads. Riding a motorcycle on many of them is a real challenge and can be very dangerous. We as tax payers definitely do not get value for money. I hope it shows in the next election.

MAZ,
Solihull.

 

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