Letter to the Editor: Box junction fine is “totally inappropriate”

Box junction fine is “totally inappropriate”

Box junction fine is “totally inappropriate”

First published in Letters

I sympathise with the reader who got trapped in the yellow box junction (Ticket woe, August 7).

This is a common occurrence when traffic suddenly stops.

The only way round it would be for every single driver to stop at the junction until the exit is clear, considering the number of these junctions, the whole of London would soon become gridlocked.

As for the fine, totally inappropriate for a minor slip, some worse offending criminals get off with just a caution.

A. Hills

Edward Avenue

Modern

 


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4:17pm Tue 19 Aug 14

vacillation says...

"The only way round it would be for every single driver to stop at the junction until the exit is clear"
So you DO understand how this works.
Excellent.

I bet you still moan when you find yourself blocked by someone obstructing a Box Junction.
"The only way round it would be for every single driver to stop at the junction until the exit is clear" So you DO understand how this works. Excellent. I bet you still moan when you find yourself blocked by someone obstructing a Box Junction. vacillation
  • Score: 5

5:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

vacillation says...

vacillation wrote:
"The only way round it would be for every single driver to stop at the junction until the exit is clear"
So you DO understand how this works.
Excellent.

I bet you still moan when you find yourself blocked by someone obstructing a Box Junction.
By the way – you should look up the term you introduced: ‘gridlock’.
If all the junctions were kept clear gridlock could not occur.
[quote][p][bold]vacillation[/bold] wrote: "The only way round it would be for every single driver to stop at the junction until the exit is clear" So you DO understand how this works. Excellent. I bet you still moan when you find yourself blocked by someone obstructing a Box Junction.[/p][/quote]By the way – you should look up the term you introduced: ‘gridlock’. If all the junctions were kept clear gridlock could not occur. vacillation
  • Score: 4

11:34am Thu 21 Aug 14

Tobermory says...

No one 'gets off' with a caution, a caution goes on your record and can be used against in further trials or if you apply for a job as its shown on a Criminal records check. Personally I'd rather pay a £60 penalty than have a Police caution on my record.
They could of course issue a warning notice but since that would go to the vehicle owner not the driver it would be a bit pointless. People also drive more than one car so you could for example get a warning notice in your works van and your own car for two offences but someone stopping twice in one car would be fined on the second offence......how would that be fair??
No one 'gets off' with a caution, a caution goes on your record and can be used against in further trials or if you apply for a job as its shown on a Criminal records check. Personally I'd rather pay a £60 penalty than have a Police caution on my record. They could of course issue a warning notice but since that would go to the vehicle owner not the driver it would be a bit pointless. People also drive more than one car so you could for example get a warning notice in your works van and your own car for two offences but someone stopping twice in one car would be fined on the second offence......how would that be fair?? Tobermory
  • Score: 0

1:06pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Randyrain says...

"Traffic suddenly stops"? I've never experienced that. More likely you're not concentrating on the road or you thought you would get away with it. Either way, a fine seems perfectly reasonable for obstructing traffic!

What a shame there is no box junction at the alexandra road junction in wimledon town centre (by argos). Traffic often stops in the middle of the road. All because of a diagonal pedestrian crossing that is quite unnecessary.
"Traffic suddenly stops"? I've never experienced that. More likely you're not concentrating on the road or you thought you would get away with it. Either way, a fine seems perfectly reasonable for obstructing traffic! What a shame there is no box junction at the alexandra road junction in wimledon town centre (by argos). Traffic often stops in the middle of the road. All because of a diagonal pedestrian crossing that is quite unnecessary. Randyrain
  • Score: 1

1:10pm Mon 8 Sep 14

rawlins says...

Almost as amusing as the "victims" blaming the dumbbell for turning their cars over on the Wimbledon Hill Road and Worple Road Junction!
You probable think it's ok to use a handheld phone while driving too!
Almost as amusing as the "victims" blaming the dumbbell for turning their cars over on the Wimbledon Hill Road and Worple Road Junction! You probable think it's ok to use a handheld phone while driving too! rawlins
  • Score: 1

3:44pm Mon 15 Sep 14

notrem says...

What we lack is a healthy dose of common sense on the part of the officials who enforce rules, regulations, and laws. That which differentiated our officials and those on the continents is that ours follow the spirit of the law instead of the letters.
What we lack is a healthy dose of common sense on the part of the officials who enforce rules, regulations, and laws. That which differentiated our officials and those on the continents is that ours follow the spirit of the law instead of the letters. notrem
  • Score: 2

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