Road tolls or charging schemes can be very varied, especially as nothing has been decided. The debate is on and that is healthy, it's the way a democracy works, so it's up to different groups in society to decide where they stand.

road tollConsidering the other chap's point of view is not, of course, the object in a system that runs on adversarial challenge and counter challenge. It's the basic way it works in the courts of the UK etc..., the idea being each chap presents his/her case to 12 men/women good and true who then decide what's what. Truth may not out, but in the case of this debate there is no logical reason why the best or better system should not prevail.

Of course many weaker members in our society may have great concern about road toll charges, but those who are well shod with cash will consider it a mere inconvenience, after all they can pay. One group who come to mind are old age pensioners, particularly those who have little spare cash but have budgeted in their working life to have a car in retirement, enabling them to travel though their own country.

London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and many more cities have serious traffic problems, and if the reader of this text knows a way to reduce traffic a better way, he or she should perhaps tell us all so the debate can stop and his or her plan adhered to.

I suspect that the loudest objectors have no plan, or perhaps I should say no plan that would actually work. Whereas road toll charges would work to reduce traffic in the cities, London has proved this already, one would assume that the introduction of charges to none city areas would not even be considered.

With regards to the city residents who want to drive around in their own car in their own town or city and yet have everybody else vacate the road in front of them, there is little hope of any solution, perhaps especially the four wheel drive community (not farmers and hill folk), some of who actually think that because they work for their money they can spend it on what they like no matter the consequences to all around them. I regret that such people are limited thinkers, and that's being very kind, the dammed truth is they are selfish inconsiderate people who only care for themselves, only think for themselves, they are quite capable of running a good business, many of their qualities are very handy for success... mercenary qualities - self, self, self and more self.

We have to find a solution and a fair solution and so we must have a public debate and we will need to listen (well that's the system) to loud and or powerful self interest people and groups (to be fair that can be considered a healthy brain storming session), but in the end the considerate, caring thinking groups and individuals must prevail, the silent majority must speak up and be heard.

A few words about traffic lights

traffic lightsThe traffic lights in England (Wales and Scotland can be much better generally) are a casual matter for the highways agency, especially those temporary lights.

They are all fitted with sensors that can be adjusted for different situations. I regret that most, which I estimate to be around 95% from experience, are not even set. They are left to a common timer with the result  frustration and pollution on a quite massive scale when you consider the whole of England. You know this is true, I know this is true, but those in charge don't care. The management of those responsible in the highways agency don't give a hoot, well if they did we would not have a situation where we all sit twiddling our thumbs waiting for the lights to switch, while we watch the opposite lights who have no queuing traffic. The sensors could have seen the situation. Those who are responsible still get their pay at the end of the month, and if we dare to cross them even if we can see the road clear for a mile on a straight road we can be charged with jumping a red light. Don't you love the highways agency? Now let's be quite honest and factual about this, these very people cannot say they don't know unless they all go to work by train.

Let's consider those traffic lights that are fixed. Are they capable of being quite clever? Yes they are, but how long do you sit at traffic lights waiting whilst zero traffic passes on the green route and who is responsible? The highways agency. Because those in charge have soft jobs, every month they get a pay cheque, even if the lights all need attention. The attention needed is someone who cares, someone who is proud of their work. If you work for the highways agency in management you should be ashamed of yourself,you cannot have any pride and it would seem you don't give a hoot about those who you work for... the general public or the planet. You are responsible for dumping millions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere every day in the UK due to vehicles doing longer hours than needed because of 99% traffic lights being in essence,,, FAULTY!

The long distance professional driver has lots of time to think about everything.

Please don't use your mobile phone whilst driving, it's not smart, using your phone whilst driving non hands free can mean you end up in jail with free B&B for manslaughter, and that's stupid, not the act of a person who thinks ahead... don't do it!

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