Drivers should be tested on their theory every five years

Drivers should be tested on their theory every five years

Drivers should be tested on their theory every five years

First published in Letters

THIS is to the taxi driver in the hackney cab last Monday on Moreton Cross roundabout, who cannot understand the highway code.

Rule 196 is that when the lights are flashing amber, you MUST allow a pedestrian to finish crossing, it also says that even if there are no pedestrians, you proceed with caution, as with any green light, you still have to be wary.

This man nearly hit me with his car, then proceeded to lecture me that a flashing amber light means a pedestrian should “stay where they are”, even if that’s in the middle of traffic!

I hope this driver is caught and charged with dangerous driving in the future. As both a driver and pedestrian, I see drivers trying to mow people down at flashing amber lights constantly.

You wait for them to cross safely.

If it is an elderly or infirm person who takes longer, and even if the light goes on green, you have to wait, you don’t beep or try to intimidate them.

I suggest all drivers should be tested on their theory every five years or so, as the roads are dangerous when drivers haven’t touched their highway code for 40 years.

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5:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

spamfiend says...

Did you get the hackney license number? It is on the front and back of the vehicle. You can then report them to the council and with a bit of luck have their license revoked.

Not all taxi drivers are bad eggs, but a fair few of them seem to think they own the road and to be honest are dangerous with their inconsiderate parking and telepathic indicator signals
Did you get the hackney license number? It is on the front and back of the vehicle. You can then report them to the council and with a bit of luck have their license revoked. Not all taxi drivers are bad eggs, but a fair few of them seem to think they own the road and to be honest are dangerous with their inconsiderate parking and telepathic indicator signals spamfiend
  • Score: 11

6:10pm Mon 21 Jul 14

rover600 says...

Shocking behaviour from a motorist, the fact that this one was a Taxi/Hack driver is galling.

For sure the laws re drivers (of which I am one) need tightening up the trouble is if its not witnessed or on camera and so long as no one is injured it is of no interest to the Police.

Moreton X is bound to be covered by CCTV cameras, I'd contact the Council's licencing team and lodge a complaint.
Shocking behaviour from a motorist, the fact that this one was a Taxi/Hack driver is galling. For sure the laws re drivers (of which I am one) need tightening up the trouble is if its not witnessed or on camera and so long as no one is injured it is of no interest to the Police. Moreton X is bound to be covered by CCTV cameras, I'd contact the Council's licencing team and lodge a complaint. rover600
  • Score: 9

8:05am Wed 23 Jul 14

bazersworld says...

I am in total agreement with the writer, like with cyclists who can't obey the Highway Code. This case is yet another pointer as to the lack of understanding with the highway code. When I took my test some years ago these light were:
RED you must stop
Amber was to get ready for the green, but not to go
Flashing Amber means pedestrian have right of way
Green means GO.
The people to blame here are the Police for their failure to supervise our road under the Highway Code and the so called driving instructors for teaching driving using the highway code.
I am in total agreement with the writer, like with cyclists who can't obey the Highway Code. This case is yet another pointer as to the lack of understanding with the highway code. When I took my test some years ago these light were: RED you must stop Amber was to get ready for the green, but not to go Flashing Amber means pedestrian have right of way Green means GO. The people to blame here are the Police for their failure to supervise our road under the Highway Code and the so called driving instructors for teaching driving using the highway code. bazersworld
  • Score: 5

8:28pm Wed 23 Jul 14

uncatom says...

If you want to witness some really bad taxi driving take a trip through Liscard, the taxi rank outside the Claireville is akin to the starting grid at brands hatch, U turns across the traffic, taxi's rear ends stuck out side of the parking ranks some parked with their drivers talking with other drivers standing in the road, and if you are unfortunate enough to be at the front waiting for the lights when they change, immediately the front taxi in the rank will zoom off right across your path to the other side of the road, they must be also be exempt from parking on double yellows in and around Liscard, not only are some actions illegal they are dangerous, bad mannered and the driving skills are at the lowest level, its about time some of their actions and the number of cabs were examined by the licencing authority
If you want to witness some really bad taxi driving take a trip through Liscard, the taxi rank outside the Claireville is akin to the starting grid at brands hatch, U turns across the traffic, taxi's rear ends stuck out side of the parking ranks some parked with their drivers talking with other drivers standing in the road, and if you are unfortunate enough to be at the front waiting for the lights when they change, immediately the front taxi in the rank will zoom off right across your path to the other side of the road, they must be also be exempt from parking on double yellows in and around Liscard, not only are some actions illegal they are dangerous, bad mannered and the driving skills are at the lowest level, its about time some of their actions and the number of cabs were examined by the licencing authority uncatom
  • Score: 4

10:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

neilwg says...

bazersworld wrote:
I am in total agreement with the writer, like with cyclists who can't obey the Highway Code. This case is yet another pointer as to the lack of understanding with the highway code. When I took my test some years ago these light were:
RED you must stop
Amber was to get ready for the green, but not to go
Flashing Amber means pedestrian have right of way
Green means GO.
The people to blame here are the Police for their failure to supervise our road under the Highway Code and the so called driving instructors for teaching driving using the highway code.
Green has never meant 'go' - it needs to be clear and safe (for everyone!) - read the latest highway code for exact wording and see if you can twist that... - I agree about useless plod and driving instructors though!
[quote][p][bold]bazersworld[/bold] wrote: I am in total agreement with the writer, like with cyclists who can't obey the Highway Code. This case is yet another pointer as to the lack of understanding with the highway code. When I took my test some years ago these light were: RED you must stop Amber was to get ready for the green, but not to go Flashing Amber means pedestrian have right of way Green means GO. The people to blame here are the Police for their failure to supervise our road under the Highway Code and the so called driving instructors for teaching driving using the highway code.[/p][/quote]Green has never meant 'go' - it needs to be clear and safe (for everyone!) - read the latest highway code for exact wording and see if you can twist that... - I agree about useless plod and driving instructors though! neilwg
  • Score: -1

2:13pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Joylake says...

taxi drivers ARE all the same
taxi drivers ARE all the same Joylake
  • Score: -1

8:05pm Sun 27 Jul 14

bluey says...

Totally agree, to be honest everybody should be tested every five years on both their highway code and practical skills. Cyclists are also becoming a menace on the roads, they seem to think they are exempt from the rules.
As for the comment about driving instructors and police, do you honestly think these people passed a test driving in this way? I think not...the police cannot be everywhere either so why not take note of the number plate and report it to them?? We are all personally responsible for our own driving standards.
Totally agree, to be honest everybody should be tested every five years on both their highway code and practical skills. Cyclists are also becoming a menace on the roads, they seem to think they are exempt from the rules. As for the comment about driving instructors and police, do you honestly think these people passed a test driving in this way? I think not...the police cannot be everywhere either so why not take note of the number plate and report it to them?? We are all personally responsible for our own driving standards. bluey
  • Score: 2

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