Saturday, January 28, 2006

Gatso Catcho

Public enemy #1 having been caught in a hurry by a mobile speed camera along the Shottendane road has decided to share their positions, for those of you who don’t know where they are already.

Unfortunately, the trouble with the mobile ones is that they keep moving them around to catch the boy racers like me and anyone else going over 30mph in a rocket-powered shopping trolley.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

More Haste less spending money!!

Anonymous said...

I thought every one knew about the guys who sit in a white van in the parking space just before Firbank Gardens! 'Festina Lente' when you pass Twenties Cottages and look for thw white van at the top of the rise!

James Maskell said...

The people round the Shottendane Road area know that mobile camera well. Its hard not to see it. The one outside B&Q at Westwood is well known to any car driver too.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what the new camera is that has appeared as you leave Birchington going up to the St Nick roundabout?
Its not far from the Total petrol station but on the same side as and near the cafe and car sales site and also near to the flashing speed warning.
Whoever put it there seems to want to discourage anyone climbing up it as there is a row of steel spikes up the pole.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
It checks your registration number, to see if you have paid your road tax and if your vehicle is insured. There is also one at Cliffsend roundabout, and another somewhere else local.
(Big Brother 22 years on)
So, Tax Dodgers BEWARE. They will get you.

What about the cars in Cliftonville with the totally false foreign registration plates? How do they check these off?

Anonymous said...

I thought all roads out of Thanet are now monitored with this latest evil; does any-one know of a route out that is clear?

What is the point of knowing how many cars around Thanet are untaxed and uninsured? Kent's Finest would need to spend all its time following up these illegal scroats and often without an address to match the DVLA out of date record. Add these difficulties to our criminal justice system that does not punish them once they are caught and the whole exercise is pointless; or is it? The only way to enforce the law is to stop and apprehend, as an operation before Christmas demonstrated.
Could it be that we are being seiously misled about the purpose of these cameras? I suspect that when I next visit Keswick in the Lake District, one of these camera arrays will clock me going into Keswick having clocked me already on the M25, M1 and M6. Not only will my journey have been recorded from door to door, but I might receive a TOLL bill for my mileage.

These cameras are the next way for Brown to screw more money out the inmates of what is fast becoming HMP Britain.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if it still legal to drive someone else's car which is currently taxed and mot'd but is not insured currently by the owner - if you have "driving other vehicles" cover under your own policy?
Would this car be targeted by these cameras as uninsured and attract prosecution?

PS - To avoid the camera in question you could go round the back of Birchington and come out by the full service expensive petrol garage on the way to St Nick roundabout.
No doubt some other camera would get you before long on your journey however.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on how to avoid the camera at Birchington. Does anyone else have an 'escape' plan with a clean route out of Stalag Thanet?

Anonymous said...

Yes yes , I know if you are breaking the speed limit even just a little bit you are breaking the law but I consider that mobile van to be a wholly inappropriate way of doing things - you get a computer printed letter , in my case nearly 2 weeks after the event - I can't remember what I did or where I went yesterday - never mind 12 days ago. I can't remember using my vehicle on that day, never mind where I went - apparently I was speeding at some stage of the journey.Which bit of road was I speeding on ? Was it actually me, or someone with my number plate ? I wished I had been dealt with by a policeman at the time - at least then I would know the facts (where I was speeding)and therefore have a chance to correct the error of my ways in future. I spoke to friends - told them it was shottendane road where I had been snapped. "you know" , they said. "that big long open straight bit of road on the way into margate". "surely not" said I. They said "he is often there , he parks just around the corner so you can't see him until it is too late!". I guess for him that is ideal , but what useful purpose is that really serving. Incidentally, does anyone know where the police are these days ?

Anonymous said...

I agree with the earlier commenter about the real reason for the cameras at St. Nicholas and by the Smugglers Leap etc. Road charges are not that far away. As for catching untaxed, uninsured drivers. Well I don't buy it. I live next door to DSS scumbags that buy and sell old cars. They drive these untaxed vehicles to and from auctions. Tart them up and flog them to other scumbags. Since DVLA are incompetent and the police are too busy attending diversity courses they can do this with impunity. The cameras will only be another tax on working people since DSS deadbeats will not pay the fines if they are ever caught.