|2004-12-22||The Scotsman||Nigel Humphries quoted on the rise in the number of speed camera prosecutions in Scotland.|
|2004-12-15||BBC Radio Essex||Nigel Humphries on parking and other issues.|
|2004-12-15||Daily Express||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on road pricing.|
|2004-12-08||BBC Radio Scotland||Nigel Humphries on zero alcohol tolerance.|
Expounded the view that, whilst we support the message that its best not to drink and drive at all, the law should be set so that the people it criminalises are the ones actually causing a danger — thus the current 80mg limit is correct. If it were reduced it would simply penalise people in the morning and alienate the public, causing drinkers to feel they might as well drive the night before as be caught anyway in the morning.
|2004-12-08||Kix 96.2 FM (Coventry)||Nigel Humphries on decriminalized parking.|
|2004-12-05||BBC Radio 5
|Tony Vickers on parking.|
Called for a fundamental change of attitude from our prejudiced and hostile government.
|2004-12-02||Daily Mail||Nigel Humphries on government plans to ban drivers for exceeding a speed limit just twice.|
|2004-12-01||BBC Radio Humberside||Nigel Humphries on roadside environmental monitoring stations being vandalized, presmuably by drivers who think they are speed cameras.|
|2004-11-30||BBC Radio Leeds||Nigel Humphries on the proposed new 'Road Safety' Bill.|
|2004-11-30||BBC Radio 5||Tony Vickers in a phone-in discussion about the proposed new 'Road Safety' Bill and the question "Is it time the government gave motorists a break?"|
|2004-11-27||Daily Mail||Brian Gregory condemning the idea of pay-as-you-drive charges of up to £1.34 per mile.|
|2004-11-26||Bristol Evening Post||Mark McArthur-Christie commenting on parking enforcers after one was photographed parking on double yellow lines.|
|2004-11-26||BBC Three Counties Radio
BBC News 24
|Tony Vickers discussing a report from the National Audit Office that claims the Highways Agency has failed to tackle congestion|
|2004-11-26||BBC Radio 5||Mark McArthur-Christie countering the brainless suggestion that accidents caused by unlicensed drivers who happen to be speeding, can be prevented by speed cameras.|
|2004-11-20||BBC Radio Derbyshire||Mark McArthur-Christie commenting on the Chief Constable of Derbyshire's car being stopped for doing 97mph on the M1. ABD — Derbyshire|
|2004-11-15||Essex FM||Nigel Humphries on Essex County Council's loony plan to ban parents from parking near their child's school.|
|2004-11-15||Hull Daily Mail||Nigel Humphries commenting on a driver successfully deafeating an illegal speeding prosecution.|
|2004-11-13||East Anglian Daily Times||Nigel Humphries quoted on Essex County Council's loony plan to ban parents from parking near their child's school.|
|2004-11-07||Bristol Evening Post
|Mark McArthur-Christie on the newly published speed camera guidelines.|
|2004-11-04||BBC Radio Oxford||Mark McArthur-Christie on driver trianing for young people.|
|2004-11-02||BBC Radio Cornwall||Mark McArthur-Christie on our Shrines Should Save Lives PR.|
|2004-10-31||BBC Radio 5
|Tony Vickers on proposed changes to penalties for drivers.|
Tony argued that the police should rightly target reckless drivers, unlicenced drivers, street racers, joyriders and drunks. In this case stiffer sentences may well be appropriate. However, stiff and custodial sentences for lapses of concentration, errors of judgement would not prevent accidents from occuring but would compound a tragedy by consigning an otherwise responsible person to jail and depriving another family of a breadwinner, mother or father.
|2004-10-26||BBC Radio Oxford||Mark McArthur-Christie on parking fines.|
|2004-10-26||BBC Radio Berkshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on parking fines in Reading.|
|2004-10-26||Lancashire Evening Post||Mark McArthur-Christie on councillors being offered 20p pe rmile to use a bicycle.|
|2004-10-25||Bristol Evening Post
||ABD quoted on parking fines.|
|2004-10-25||BBC Radio Southern Counties
BBC Three Counties Radio
|Brian Gregory on parking fines.|
|2004-10-25||BBC Radio Northamptonshire||Nigel Humphries discussing parking with Northampton's Parking Manager.|
The manager said in response to one caller that the number of people paying to park in Nothampton had gone up, so his parking fines were not affecting trade - Nigel responded that this was hardly surprising since he had put yellow lines and permit zones in all the places people used to park for free. Two callers accused him of deliberately putting down unnecessary yellow lines just to make money.
|2004-10-25||BBC Radio Humberside||Hugh Bladon on parking fines.|
|2004-10-25||Daily Mirror||ABD spokesman quoted on the massive increase in parking fines.|
|2004-10-23||The Journal||Coverage of our press release on tired driving.|
|'2004-12'||Practical Classics||Nigel Humphries on the government's proposed registration tax.|
|2004-10-22||West Sussex County Times||Coverage of our press release on tired driving|
|2004-10-20||BBC Three Counties Radio||Mark McArthur-Christie on proposals for widespread speed limit reductions in Milton Keynes.|
|2004-10-19||Century FM||Mark McArthur-Christie about drivers falling asleep at the wheel.|
|2004-10-12||BBC TV News South East||Tony Vickers on unlicensed and uninsured drivers.|
Pointed out that it does not matter what the penalty is if we only rely on mindless speed cameras to police our roads.
|2004-10-12||Fulham Chronicle||Brian Mooney on the proposed extension to the London Congestion Charging zone.|
|2004-10-12||BBC Radio Oxford||Mark McArthur-Christie on speed, and rehabilitation courses offered to drivers caught by speed cameras.|
|2004-10-11||Daily Telegraph||Coverage of our press release 416 regarding the danger of crossing the road near to a speed camera.|
|2004-10-11||BBC Radio 5||Tony Vickers talking about middle lane hoggers, driving standards and the methods used to deal with road safety.|
|2004-10-10||M6 (French TV network)||Tony Vickers on the British experience with speed cameras.|
|2004-10-08||Daily Mirror||Mark McArthur-Christie on the speed camera blamed by a coroner for the death of Myra Nevett.|
|2004-10-07||BBC Radio Oxford||Mark McArthur-Christie discussing the distraction effect of speed cameras with Dan Campsall from the Thames Valley Safety Camera Partnership.|
|Nigel Humphries on the DVLA's plan to introduce a £4.50 vehicle registration tax.|
|2004-09-30||Daily Record||Tony Vickers commenting on another goal by lawyer Nick Freeman.|
|2004-09-20||BBC1 Breakfast Time||Tony Vickers on harsh parking regimes.|
Tony spoke about the damage the authorities are doing to their relationship with the public by their aggressive and unjust parking policies.
|2004-09-20||Talk Radio||Tony Vickers on speed cameras.|
|2004-09-20||Essex Enquirer||Tony Vickers on the £60 million accumulated by the Dartford Crossing but not spent. Called for the tolls to be scrapped.|
|2004-09-20||Radio Forth||Nigel Humphries on £7 million in parking fines imposed by Edinburgh in 2003.|
Attacked decriminalised parking, and said it was worse in Edinburgh than anywhere else cos the council regarded motoring as anti social.
|2004-09-20||The Scotsman||Tony Vickers commenting on the news that drivers in Scotland paid £56 million in parking charges during 2003.|
|2004-09-17||BBC Radio Leeds||Tony Vickers about bicycles in connection with the latest European 'mobility' initiative.|
Welcomed initiatives to encourage cycling and walking provided they were positive measures, but opposed methods which sought to make driving more expensive or disagreeable. Spoke about the importance of training for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike. Said that urban road space was too scarce and valuable to be segregated and dedicated to one group or another and that it must be shared as it was previously.
|2004-09-14||Lancashire Evening Telegraph||ABD quoted on a story about NCP parking enforcers slapping a ticket on a van delivering milk.|
|2004-09-14||Basingstoke Gazette||Mark McArthur-Christie on our press release 414 about camera partnerships.|
|2004-09-14||BBC Radio Berkshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on a Bracknell Forest Council project to offer drivers an assessed hour with a driving coach. Said it was an excellent idea and wished we could see more of it.|
|2004-09-13||Bristol Evening Post||Tony Vickers commenting on the decision by Avon & Somerset Speed Camera Partnership to send out emails stating where they will be lurking each day.|
|Tony Vickers on the judgement by the Advertising Standards Authority that the London Safety Camera Partnership issued a misleading advertisement.|
|2004-09-08||BBC Radio Oxford
|Mark McArthur-Christie on the ASA judgement.|
|2004-09-03||BBC Hereford & Worcester||Nigel Humphries on two parking attendants sacked by Bromsgrove District Council for not issuing enough tickets.|
See ABD Local Issues — Worcestershire for more.
|2004-09-03||Denbighshire Free Press||Coverage of our Press Release 411 on North Wales Police visiting to Australia.|
|2004-09-02||BBC Radio Scotland||Peter Spinney discussing Alistair Darling's "Fairer" Speeding Fines.|
|2004-09-01||Glocestershire Echo||Tony Vickers discussing a local speed camera.|
|2004-09-01||South Wales Evening Post||Mark McArthur-Christie on proposed new speeding penalties.|
|2004-09-01||TalkSport||Brian Gregory on proposed new speeding penalties.|
|2004-09-01||Shire FM||Tony Vickers on proposed new speeding penalties.|
|2004-09-01||Sunderland Echo||Nigel Humphries on how accidents in Sunderland have increased despite cameras.|
|2004-08-29||Sunday Mirror||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about parking enforcement sqauds being provided with digital cameras.|
|2004-08-27||The Guardian||Letter by Mark McArthur-Christie, ABD Road Safety Spokesman.
Read the unedited original letter.
|2004-08-26||Norwich Evening News||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about the success of an innovative road safety concept.|
|2004-08-25||Bath Chronicle||ABD comments on Avon & Somerset Talivan's rather obvious public relations exercise.
They promise no more cameras then mention they'll be parking on motorway bridges.
|2004-08-25||Hartlepool Mail||Nigel Humphries helps Cleveland ‘Safety’ Camera Partnership to understand why speed cameras are causing accidents.|
|2004-08-25||Shropshire Star||John Evans quoted on reports that Shrewsbury speed cameras have mugged 3,800 drivers of £250,000 in just 5 months.|
|2004-08-24||Bristol Evening Post||Tony Vickers condemns plans by Avon & Somerset Speed Camera partnership to start parking Talivans on motorway bridges.|
|2004-08-24||The Independent||ABD Road Safety Spokesman Mark McArthur-Christie comments on speed cameras.|
|Tony Vickers quoted on the revelation that North Wales Police sent two coppers to Australia to see how badly they abuse speed cameras.|
|2004-08-24||Autocar||Nigel Humphries quoted in an article about the relaxation of speed camera rules.
"The authorities need to concentrate on improving driving skills and target those driving recklessly and dangerously."
|2004-08-23||Grani (Russia)||Coverage of our press release 410 (Russian/Русский)|
|2004-08-23||Daily Record||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about middle lane hogs.|
|2004-08-22||Sky News||Tony Vickers on middle lane hogs.|
|2004-08-21||Scunthorpe Telegraph||Brian Gregory on government plans to relax the rules on speed camera placement.|
|2004-08-20||BBC Radio Sheffield||Mark McArthur-Christie on parking charges going up.
Suggested parking was a little like local authorities having their own printing presses, spewing out fivers. Talked about decriminalised enforcement too and how fines have rocketed. Asked how it must look to tourists to be welcomed by being mugged by the local authority.
|2004-08-17||motoring.co.za||Coverage of our press release 410 on speed camera placement.|
|2004-08-17||The Times||Letter from Mark McArthur-Christie, ABD road safety spokesman, about Richard Brunstrom's attitude to road safety, and how he has now sadly resorted to insulting us.|
|2004-08-16||BBC Three Counties Radio||Tony Vickers on motorway driving.|
|2004-08-16||Talk Sport||Tony Vickers on fuel tax. Also discussed the influence of the Greens on government thinking and how they were inflaming the war on drivers.|
|2004-08-16||Holyhead & Anglesey Mail||ABD spokesman quoted in an article about Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom's plan to use speed cameras where there haven't been any accidents.|
|2004-08-14||BBC Radio Solent||Nigel Humphries on petrol prices.|
|2004-08-12||Company Car||ABD Press Release 406 quoted in an article about tailgating on motorways.|
|2004-08-12||Sunderland Echo||Nigel Humphries quoted in article about a 77 year old lady with a clean licence for 40 years, who got 9 points in 30 minutes from a speed camera van.|
|2004-08-11||Coventry Evening Telegraph||Nigel Humphries quoted over the over-zealous enforcement of an unnecessary 50mph limit on the A45.|
|2004-08-10||The Journal||Alan Dodd on unreasonable police enforcement of the 40mph limit for HGVs on the A1.|
|2004-08-05||Central TV News||Mark McArthur-Christie talking about speed cameras and explaining how they're not making the roads safer.|
|2004-08-04||Talk Sport||Nigel Humphries on speed cameras and the Conservative's road safety proposals.|
|2004-08-04||Coventry Evening Telegraph||Nigel Humphries criticizing the 50mph speed limit and speed cameras on the A45 at Ryton.|
|2004-08-04||Talk Sport||Tony Vickers welcoming the Conservative Party's road safety proposals.|
|2004-08-02||BBC Radio Berkshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on tailgating and tailgating cameras.
Talked about safe motorway driving, following distances and how tailgating cameras would cause more problems than they solve.
|2004-07-31||The Scotsman||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about a new technique for slowing vehicles down.|
|2004-07-29||BBC Radio Shropshire
|Tony Vickers on the idea of asking caravans to stay in lane 1 on part of the M5..|
|2004-07-29||BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester||Bernard Abrams on speed camera partnerships.|
|2004-07-26||The Scotsman||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted re an opinion survey about speed cameras.|
|2004-07-21||Daily Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on government road pricing plans.
"The Government is writing itself a blank cheque. They will have a monopoly. Once the system is up and running they can squeeze motorists until the pips squeak."
|2004-07-21||Talk Sport Radio||Tony Vickers on congestion charging.|
|2004-07-20||Channel 5 News
ITV News Channel
|Tony Vickers discussing Darling's plans to extort yet more tax form drivers in the form of nationwide congestion charging.|
|2004-07-20||Saga FM||Mark McArthur-Christie on nationwide congestion charging.|
|2004-07-20||Gloucestershire Echo||Tony Vickers quoted on statistics showing a reduction in accidents in Gloucestershire.|
|2004-07-19||Bristol Evening Post
|Tony Vickers quoted re proposed nationwide congestion charging.|
|2004-07-19||BBC Radio Scotland||Tony Vickers on speed humps.|
|2004-07-19||BBC Southern Counties Radio||Tony Vickers discussing speed cameras.|
|2004-07-17||Daily Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on the ridiculous 45 cameras along 23 miles of the A34 in Staffordshire.|
|2004-07-14||Manchester Online||Tony Vickers quoted in article about 1566 drivers caught by speed cameras in Greater Manchester in just 2 weeks.|
|2004-07-12||BBC Radio Leeds||Nigel Humphries on the release of Gary Hart.
Humphries said the law was an ass — allowed joyriders to carry on until they killed someone and then failed to proscute them for manslaughter — so a knee jerk offence was brought in which ensured long jail sentences for anyone who made a mistake. Spoke of the need to balance the intent with the consequence. In this case the consequence was not reasonably forseeable and that should have been accounted for. Most callers were supportive, describing Hart as scapegoat.
|2004-07-06||BBC 3 News||Tony Vickers on new proposed M6 Toll extension.
Pointed out that we pay £42 billion and see less than £6 billion spent on roads, and that roads are an investment in the future of this country and the government should pay for them, having already taken the money.
|2004-07-06||BBC Radio 5 LIve||Tony Vickers in a phone in about the governments proposal to build a toll motorway alongside the existing M6 between Birmingham and Manchester.
|2004-07-06||BBC Radio Derby
BBC Radio WM
|Nigel Humphries on the proposed M6 Toll extension, and HOV lanes.
|2004-07-06||BBC Radio Oxford||Mark McArthur-Christie on a speed camera on the A420 which had been vandalized.
Said that although the ABD didn't condone this, we wholly understood the frustrations of Thames Valley drivers who paid £13.8m in fines in the last three years to a partnership which had seen accident RISES at 46% of its camera sites.
|2004-07-06||BBC Radio Wales||Hugh Bladon discussing a campaign by local residents to put speed cameras on the A470 Llandiloes bypass.
|2004-07-05||BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Wales
|Nigel Humphries on plans to put High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on motorways.
|Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on government plans to put High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on motorways.
|2004-07-04||Sky News||Tony Vickers on government plans to put High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on motorways.
|2004-07-04||The Times||Mark McArthur-Christie on plans by Richard Brunstrom to put speed cameras where there have been no accidents.
Made the point that the camera placement guidelines allow them to do this anyway, and that cameras don't work, distract drivers, and drive a wedge between police and public. Also that PC Gatso was good at catching compliance offences whilst ignoring actual dangerous driving offences.
|Mark McArthur-Christie on the government's latest anti-car plot — to introduce multi-occupancy vehicle lanes on motorways.|
|2004-07-03||BBC Radio Cumbria||Mark McArthur-Christie about Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), against a representative from MIRA who are helping develop it.
Mark pointed out that it was a little difficult to comment in fact (rather than in principle) since the ABD hadn't been allowed to trial one of the cars fitted with ISA, although we'd asked. Also said that ISA presumed it was safe to drive at the speed limit, which is often far from the case, and that if drivers have decisions taken away from them they switch off and cease to think about their core activity.
|2004-07-02||The Sun||Brian Gregory quoted on satelitte controlled speed limiters.
“This is a lunatic idea. Driving discipline would deteriorate as people allowed the satellite to control them. Overtaking would become impossible. And drivers would have no control in an emergency situation.”
|2004-07-01||Biggleswade Chronicle||ABD quoted in article about speed cameras and accidents.
|2004-07-01||East Anglian Daily Times||Nigel Humphries on speed cameras and our signs.
|2004-06-30||Southern Daily Echo||Nigel Humphries on 'decriminalized parking' and the news that bailiffs are chasing 8000 unpaid parking tickets.
|2004-06-30||Talk Radio||Brian Gregory on the use of virtually untrained civilians in police cars as a way of augmenting apparent police resources.
|2004-06-28||Dundee Evening Telegraph||Eamon Scott quoted in an article revealing that the Tayside Safety Camera Partnership took over a million pounds from drivers in 2003, whilst fatalities went up from 25 to 37.
|2004-06-23||Sky News radio||Nigel Humphries on a report about the quality of motorway service areas.
|2004-06-21||Daily Mail||Tony Vickers quoted on the soaring number of parking tickets.
|2004-06-20||Sunday Mirror||Tony Vickers quoted on the news that 2,156,813 parking tickets were issued in England & Wales (except London) during 2003, 50% more than the previous year.
|2004-06-17||BBC Radio Berkshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on speed cameras.
|2004-06-17||Reading Chronicle||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article revelaing how deaths and injuries have increased at 16 speed camera sites in Reading.
Lancashire Evening Post
Scottish Daily Mail
South East Essex Echo
|Various spokesmen quoted on the government's speed camera report.
BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Radio Derby
BBC Radio Gloucestershire
BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester
BBC Radio Leeds
BBC Radio Lincolnshire
BBC Radio Oxford
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC TV South West
Bristol Evening Post
Central TV News
Newstalk Radio (Dublin)
Top Gear Website
|Various ABD spokesmen on the government's speed camera report.
|2004-06-15||BBC1 TV — Breakfast||Tony Vickers discussing the government's latest report on speed cameras which claims they save 100 lives per year. Tony said many were in the wrong place, and were being used as a substitute for police traffic officers.
|2004-06-02||Liverpool Daily Post||Tony Vickers calls for bridges to be caged, and for police to warn youths of the consequences of such actions, following the murder of van driver Christopher McCaffrey.|
|2004-06-01||Evening Mail (Birmingham)||Tony Vickers calls on the government to cut fuel tax.|
|2004-06-01||Marcher Radio||Nigel Humphries discussing the suggestion to put cages on bridges following the murder of driver Christopher McCaffrey (BBC).|
|2004-05-26||East Anglian Daily Times||Nigel Humphries quoted in an article about the cost of fuel.|
|2004-05-26||Daily Express||ABD quoted in front page article on 'new' long range speed cameras.|
|2004-05-24||BBC Radio Berkshire||Nigel Humphries on proposed tailgating cameras.
Said this was typical ACPO — absolve themselves of the responsibility for real policing of dangerous tailgating and replace it with machines that would fine you for being 48 yards rather than 49 yards from the car in front, and would fine you if someone cut in front of you!
|2004-05-24||TalkSport Radio||Nigel Humphries on proposed random breath testing.|
|2004-05-20||BBC Radio Berkshire||John Dean discussing speed cameras with a representative from the safety camera partnership.
Said that speed cameras were too subjective in comparison to the eyes and experience of a trained police officer who could use his or her judgement as to whether to stop and/or prosececute.
|2004-05-20||BBC Three Counties Radio||Mark McArthur-Christie on how speed cameras now have a massive distraction effect on drivers and motorcyclists.|
|2004-05-20||BBC Radio Northamptonshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on how speed cameras have failed to make Northamptonshire's roads safer.|
|2004-05-19||BBC GMR||Mark McArthur-Christie disccusing the government's speed camera U-turn. Pointed out that cameras hadn't made the roads safer, but had prosecuted around 4% of the driving public in one single year.|
|2004-05-18||Shropshire Star||Tony Vickers quoted on speed camera fines varying across the country.|
|2004-05-18||Birmingham Post||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about the number of speed camera fines in the West Midlands.|
|2004-05-18||Gloucestershire Echo||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about Gloucestershire's plans to make the same mistake as Essex.|
|2004-05-18||Saga FM||Nigel Humphries discussing how the initial price reduction on the M6 Toll will coviniently expire whilst roadworks are affecting the M6.|
|2004-05-17||The Independent||Tony Vickers on the proposed changes to penalties for exceeding the speed limit.|
|2004-05-16||BBC News 24||Tony Vickers on the subject of penalties for exceeding the speed limit.|
|2004-05-16||This Week, ITV||Tony Vickers praised Barnet London Borough's plans to remove speed humps.|
|2004-05-12||East Anglian Daily Times||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about the vast number of speed camera fines in Essex.|
|2004-05-11||Birmingham Evening Mail||Russell Eden quoted in an article about plans to install bus lane cameras in Birmingham.|
|2004-05-07||Western Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about the price of petrol.|
|2004-05-05||AutoExpress||Brian Gregory quoted in a three page attack on Britain's crazy motoring laws.|
|2004-05-05||The Sun||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about the price of petrol.
Because of tax, petrol is three times more expensive in Britain than in the USA.
|2004-05-04||BBC Radio Three Counties||Peter Davies on a report in the Daily Mail that government transport minister Kim Howells said that drivers should be taxed off the roads.
In a subsequent but rather flimsy DfT statement, Howells said he was mis-quoted, yet the fact remains that drivers pay £42 billion in taxes each year, of which a mere £3.7 billion is spent on roads.
|2004-05-04||TalkSport||Tony Vickers spoke to Mike Dicken.
"Putting social engineers with an anti car agenda in charge of roads policy is like putting racists in charge of immigration policy."
|2004-05-02||Lancashire Evening Telegraph||Nigel Humphries quoted in an article about Blackburn Council's plans to join the parking scam.
"It is just a revenue raiser and we think it is absolutely disgusting. In a normal democracy MPs or the Lords set the laws, police enforce them and the Treasury takes the fines. Here the councils do all three, which totally undermines our democracy."
|2004-04-30||BBC Radio Three Counties||Tony Vickers speaking about the increase in speeding fines and cameras.|
|2004-04-30||Sky News||Tony Vickers talking about the number of people who ignore the new mobile phone laws.
Pointed out that if you reduce the presence of traffic police in favour of speed cameras it is hardly surprising that drivers think it unlikely they will be caught breaking any laws except speeding.
|2004-04-29||BBC Radio Humberside||Hugh Bladon talking about a man whose car was moved by the council when they painted double yellow lines on the road, and then moved back, and promptly ticketed.|
|2004-04-20||Daily Record||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about catseye cameras developed by Kent firm Astucia.|
|2004-04-20||BBC Radio Leeds||Mark McArthur-Christie on West Yorkshire Camera Partnerships plan to attach black ribbons to speed cameras.|
|2004-04-16||Channel 5 News||Tony Vickers re a cyclist jailed for 16 months after slashing nearly 2,000 car tyres in Bournemouth because he was soaked by one motorist.|
|2004-04-16||BBC Radio Leeds||Nigel Humphries on all the things that annoy drivers today.|
|2004-04-16||Talksport Radio||Tony Vickers stalking to Mike Dickin about the state of our roads and how they should be improved.|
|2004-04-02||The Sun||Tony Vickers briefly quoted in an article about a speed camera trap hidden in a bus shelter.|
|2004-04-01||Western Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about South Wales Police using rally drivers in an attempt to persuade teenage car thieves to behave themselves.|
|2004-04-01||Bristol Evening Post||Tony Vickers quoted in a front page story about a speed camera operator hiding in a bus shelter.
Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in another article about speed awareness courses being targetted at the wrong drivers.
|2004-03-31||Northumberland Gazette||Letter from Nigel Humphries about Northumbria Police using speed cameras to target HGVs doing more than 40mph on the A1.|
|2004-03-30||Central TV News||Mark McArthur-Christie on how the lack of investment in road maintenance means the roads are falling apart.|
|2004-03-29||Grimsby Telegraph||Tony Vickers quoted re more speed cameras planned for North Lincolnshire.|
|2004-03-29||The Courier (Tayside)||Eamon Scott quoted re the horn protest.|
|2004-03-26||BBC Radio Solent||Nigel Humphries discussing cycling, following the case of one cyclist who slashed 500 car tyres because one driver splashed him.|
|2004-03-26||BBC Radio Newcastle||Nigel Humphries on new "no car lanes" in Newcastle.|
|2004-03-26||BBC Radio Leeds||Nigel Humphries on car insurance.
Said there should be higher penalties for uninsured drivers in particular ones in stolen cars, but also called for more transparency from insurance companies to justify premiums.
|2004-03-26||Western Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on the farcical story of a teenager caught driving without a licence, insurance or MoT who was 'sentenced' to sit at the back of a courtroom for a few hours.|
|2004-03-26||The Courier (Tayside)||Eamon Scott quoted in an article about a local campaign for drivers to protest at speed cameras by sounding their horn.|
|2004-03-22||Manchester Evening News||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted on the farce of parking enforcers getting a pay rise, after employers Control Plus were sacked for incompetence.|
|2004-03-22||Central TV News||Mark McArthur-Christie on Gloucestershire's new speed cameras.|
|2004-03-18||The Sun||ABD quoted in an article about new statutory guidelines to control parking enforcers.|
Men & Motors
|Tony Vickers was the studio guest of Mike Rutherford for the new weekly phone-in show on Men & Motors.
The programme included a wide ranging discussion covering aspects of road safety and taxation, as well as phone calls and emails from viewers.
|2004-03-17||Classic Gold||Nigel Humphries on the budget.
Said that government had managed to get us to blame ourselves and feel guilty when we were sitting in jams that were caused by their under investment and poor planning.
|2004-03-17||Central TV News||Mark McArthur-Christie on the 17 new speed cameras in Gloucestershire.|
|2004-03-17||BBC Radio Northampton||Nigel Humphries on reports of statutory national guidelines to stop drivers being ripped off by parking fines. Described this as a sticking plaster on a gaping wound of the government's own making|
|2004-03-16||Gloucester Echo||Tony Vickers quoted on plans to install another 17 speed cameras in Gloucestershire despite the existing 40 cameras being accompanied by an increase in fatalities from 40 in 2002 to 45 last year.|
|2004-03-15||Birmingham Evening Mail||Russell Eden quoted in an article about the installation of additional 30 mph signs on roads drivers would not expect to have a 30 limit.|
|2004-03-12||Coventry Evening Telegraph||ABD press release 395 'ABD Condemns Jamieson Speed Camera Whitewash' quoted.|
|2004-03-09||Sheffield Star||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about the positioning of a speed camera van.|
|2004-03-15||BBC Radio Sheffield||Nigel Humphries discussing a survey that claims four out of five new drivers believe that they are inadequately prepared for the road.|
|2004-03-08||Cambridge Evening News||Brian McDowall quoted in an article about the relative costs of fuel around the country. Emphasized the high proportion of the cost that is tax.|
|2004-03-08||Radio 5||Tony Vickers in a short debate about Traffic Wardens being offered a trophy and commission for booking drivers.|
|2004-03-08||The Sun||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in article about how NCP parking enforcers in Westminster issue false parking tickets in the hope of winning bonuses and a cup.|
|2004-03-05||The Age (Australia)||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about speed cameras in Britain.|
|2004-03-04||BBC News 24
BBC Radio Leeds
|Tony Vickers on junior transport minister David Jamieson's efforts to dig himself into an even deeper hole by making the ridiculous claim that all speed cameras are in the right places — because the speed camera partnerships say so.|
|2004-02-29||The Politics Show BBC TV||Mark McArthur-Christie featured in a story about government policy towards drivers.
See also this transcript of the interview with Theresa May MP
LBC News Radio
|Tony Vickers on the increased maximum sentence for reckless, drunk or drugged drivers. Emphasized the importance of considering the intent when sentencing drivers who kill, rather than the consequences.|
|2004-02-27||BBC Radio Three Counties||Tony Vickers on a report that older people are becoming too afraid of the current road environment to drive their cars. Discussed the dangers of too many regulations and controls which are confusing and intimidating|
|2004-02-27||The Scotsman||Tony Vickers quoted in an article about the £13 million raised from parking fines in Edinburgh & Glasgow during 2002.|
|2004-02-22||The Sun||ABD spokesman quoted in an article about a Sun investigation into traffic warden malice.
“This shocking investigation shows the results of handing over control of parking enforcement to privatised enforcers obsessed with filling company coffers. Crusading parking attendants are another example of the daily hell faced by people who choose to use cars in Britain today.”
|2004-02-20||Sheffield Star||Guest article by Paul Oxley, ABD Local Co-ordinator for Sheffield, opposing the use of speed cameras.|
|2004-02-19||Evening Chronicle (Newcastle)||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about Northumbria's new pretentiously-named speed camera racket.|
|2004-02-11||Gloucestershire Echo||Letter from Malcolm Heymer about the failure of speed camera partnerships to improve road safety.|
|2004-02-10||TalkSport: Mike Dickin show||Brian Gregory on speed cameras.|
|2004-02-10||BBC Radio Berkshire||Mark McArthur-Christie on the suggestion that the motorway limit could be raised.|
|2004-02-05||BBC Radio London.
|Tony Vickers on plans to allow the French government to impose penalty points on UK drivers for offences committed in France.|
|2004-02-04||BBC Radio Norfolk||Malcolm Heymer discussing the legality of some 30mph speed limits in Suffolk, and their effect on road safety.|
|2004-02-04||Fox News (USA)||Tony Vickers on speed camera and Britain's anti-car culture.|
|2004-01-31||Daily Mail||Brian Gregory on more government plans to increase speed camera fines, this time depending on how much money you have.
"It just really demonstrates how much this government hates motorists."
|2004-01-29||The Sun||Mark McArthur-Christie on what Essex ‘Safety’ Camera Partnership do with the money.|
|2004-01-23||Sky News||Tony Vickers on David Blunketts' comments about speed camera penalty points. Tony spoke about the need for much stricter criteria for camera placement, the need to disband scamera partnerships, the failure of cameras to reduce road deaths and the damage that the present system is inflicting on police public relations.|
|2004-01-23||Westmorland Gazette||John Thornley quoted in an article about Cumbria's first fixed speed cameras.|
|2004-01-22||River FM (Edinburgh)||Nigel Humphries on the chaotic plans for congestion charging in Edinburgh.|
|2004-01-22||'Big Story' Meridian TV||Tony Vickers in a studio discussion on speed cameras which also featured interviews with Idris Francis, and ‘Captain Gatso’.|
|2004-01-20||BBC Radio WM||Nigel Humphries on traffic jams on the new M6 Toll.|
|2004-01-20||'The Daily Politics' BBC 2||Mark McArthur-Christie live from the M4 services near Reading talking about speed camera and road safety.|
|2004-01-20||Daily Mail||Brian Gregory quoted in an article about police targetting motorists rather than criminals.|
|2004-01-20||Kansas City Star
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|ABD Chairman Brian Gregory quoted in an article about the speed camera feud in Britain.|
|2004-01-19||Russell Eden quoted on the fiasco of traffic jams caused by roadworks on the month-old M6 Toll.|
|ABD spokesman quoted in articles about the massive increase in the number of drivers being thrown in jail.|
|2004-01-19||The Age (Australia)||Brian MacDowall quoted in an article about 'speeding' fine surcharges.|
|2004-01-14||BBC Radio WM||Nigel Humphries on the M6 Toll. Only a month after opening, lanes have already been closed for repairs because of surface undulations, and truckers and bikers are boycotting the motorway over the cost of tolls.|
|2004-01-13||BBC Southern Counties Radio
BBC 3 Counties Radio
|Tony Vickers on speeding fine surcharges.|
|2004-01-13||BBC Radio Humberside||Hugh Bladon on speeding fine surcharges.|
|2004-01-13||BBC Radio Essex||Tony Vickers on the increase in talivans.|
|2004-01-13||Dublin News Talk Radio||Tony Vickers on cameras and speeding.|
|2004-01-13||Classic Gold||Tony Vickers on surcharges, cameras and speeding.|
|2004-01-11||Daily Telegraph||Nigel Humphries quoted describing speed cameras as 'greed cameras' in an article about another former police officer voicing his opposition to the abuse of speed cameras.|
|2004-01-11||BBC Radio 5||Tony Vickers discussing a wide range of driving issues with Dr. Robert Gain from Roadpeace, an ex traffic officer, and Captain Gatso.|
|2004-01-10||BBC Radio WM||Nigel Humphries on the pathetic rule that parking more than 19cm from the kerb is now illegal.|
|2004-01-09||BBC Radio Wales
North Wales Reporter
|Nigel Humphries on plans by North Wales police to send out letters to drivers caught between 35 and 37mph.|
|2004-01-08||BBC Radio Sussex||Tony Vickers on the dramatic increase in fatal accidents despite speed cameras.|
|2004-01-08||Daily Mail||John Dean quoted re plans to convert the M27/A3 roundabout into another traffic light city.|
|2004-01-07||BBC Radio 4||Tony Vickers debating transport policy.|
|2004-01-06||TalkSport||John Dean on increased powers for tarffic wardens.|
|2004-01-06||BBC Radio Berkshire||John Dean discussing speed limits and cameras with Andrew Peach.|
|2004-01-06||BBC Radio Leeds||John Dean on speed cameras.|
|2004-01-06||BBC Radio Merseyside||Mark McArthur-Christie on car security and how to deter car-jackers and thieves - following a horrific car theft at Liverpool airport where a car thief ran over his victim, killing him, in his own car.|
|2004-01-05||Oxford Mail||Mark McArthur-Christie on speed cameras.|
|2004-01-05||Central TV news||Bernard Abrams on the siting of speed cameras.|
|2004-01-05||BBC Radio Leeds||Nigel Humphries on the proposed Traffic Management bill.|
|2004-01-05||Daily Record||Mark McArthur-Christie quoted in an article about new Truvelo laser speed cameras that can measure speed at 300m from the camera.|
|2004-01-04||BBC Radio Wales||Brian Gregory on the automatic fines for not renewing road fund licences.|
|2004-01-02||The Sun||Brian Gregory quoted in an article about plans to scrap many speed cameras.|
|2004-01-01||BBC Radio 2||Mark McArthur-Christie discussing speed cameras with Jeremy Vine, and Vicky Cann of Transport 2000.|
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