Drivers face £5k VIP lane fines

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Well well. Now the Olympic venues and the areas around them will be car free zones. But of course not if you are a special person. And you will have up 150 miles of dedicated road to get you there.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/212172/olympic_roads_row.html

"Proposed Olympic VIP lanes will let ministers, athletes and corporate sponsors drive around London jam-free in 2012. But motorists who steer into the restricted routes could be hit with astronomical £5,000 fines, according to proposals put forward in the latest version of the London Olympics Bill.

The lanes, which will link venues across the city, are expected to operate from 6am-12midnight, and will be policed by cameras and enforcement officers. According to the Bill, which recently passed its committee stage in the House of Commons, prohibited drivers who enter the lanes or infringe the new Olympic Route Network could face the hefty penalty.

The Olympic Delivery Authority, which is backing the proposals, argued: “This is supposed to be a deterrent to motorists – and the maximum fine of £5,000 is only likely to be handed out to repeat offenders.”

But there are already industry fears that drivers who accidentally enter the banned zones could be hit with the same penalty. The AA Motoring Trust slammed the ruling. Its head of road policy, Paul Watters, said: “Why should a simple mistake cost someone up to £5,000? One would expect draconian sanctions like this for serious offences, not for breaking technical regulations.”

And an Association of British Drivers spokesman said: “Visitors to London, who are less familiar with the roads, are more likely to be caught out, but this is the kind of treatment UK motorists have come to expect.”

The roads involved still haven’t been finalised, but could stretch up to 150 miles around the city, as far west as Heathrow Airport, and out east to the Olympic village in Stratford."
 
Absolutely Disgraceful...Disgusting, Horrendous...!

What's going on with this country? Last few days it's been fuel prices, more points and fines, and now this?

Madness, utter madness.

I wonder what one would have to do for an appeal incase they did enter that £5000 'Very Important Pr*t' lane...
 
Back in the Soviet era, there were politburo-only traffic lanes in Moscow, allowing the powers that be to waft unhindered around the capital whilst the average Joe sat stationary in his Lada.

Do we see any resemblance? Answers on a postcard...

Gaz
 
Well now we can do a few things:
1) register as a taxi
2) get fuel from abroad
3) get a hybrid and swap out the engine
4) get 2 same cars and clone one then its half the cost.
5) or just don't register the car or register it to a PO Box

Thats what i was reading online, its a fight against our friend KEN.

personally i have not tried any of them but the way things are going, i guess some people will take one or more of the options!
 
Back in the Soviet era, there were politburo-only traffic lanes in Moscow, allowing the powers that be to waft unhindered around the capital whilst the average Joe sat stationary in his Lada.

Do we see any resemblance? Answers on a postcard...

It struck me immediately comrade.

Scary.
 
they are forgetting that the council tax payers are funding a large part of the games, then they are fined if the venture near the ground
 
If public transport is so good - and this is what swung the decision to have the games in London - then why do they need special lanes to get around - most annoying for Londoners.

If I was a residant of London I think I would book a nice long holiday in the year 2012. Probably see more of it on the telly from the other side of the world anyway.
 
That's quite an appalling fine.

It's obviously more important to escort the privileged "inner party" members (I see that ministerial gets to use them as much as the actual athletes which would be reasonable on their own).
 
Back in the Soviet era, there were politburo-only traffic lanes in Moscow, allowing the powers that be to waft unhindered around the capital whilst the average Joe sat stationary in his Lada.

Do we see any resemblance? Answers on a postcard...

Gaz

Effectively they still are there, there is an "Emergency Lane" for police, ambulances and any vehicle worth over £100,000 with a blue light affixed*:rolleyes:

* There is no restriction on who owns a blue light in Moscow.

I was last there in 2002.
 
I thought the legacy of the games was to better the hosting city / country - ??????
Weren't there reports of this pertaining directly to public transport?????


Oh no, silly me: we get left with a single use stadium (purpose built dont you know) to be turned into allotments afterwards...........
makes u ashamed doesn't it............
 
None of this surprises me one jot. "THEY" continue unabaited until "WE" scream long and loud enough. Until that point is reached the powers that be will continue to make inroads on our liberty and freedom. We are rapidly becoming subject to a nuerotic band of power hungry meglomaniacs whose only desire is to control totally. The battle has not been lost. Yet. But give it one or two more generations and 1984 will arrive about 50-60 years late. Geniune freedom of movement will become but a distant memory.
Sounds a bit melodramatic, but the signs are there if you only look.
Todays rant over.
 

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