Monday, August 21, 2017
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Like everybody, I like a bit of a moan. In fact my partner says that I’m turning more and more into Victor Meldrew everyday. Not that this is a bad thing. Well not to me anyway. But maybe because I now feel that I have one foot in the grave, so to speak, I guess I have the right to moan at and rant about subjects that really get under my skin.

9692298-largeNot that I moan about everything but there are just some things that irritate the hell out of me more than others. Take for instance the rubbish parking I come across everyday on our streets. This rant is not about the everyday parking, where people respect others and abide by the laws and common sense and respect when parking. Because this type of parking serves the needs of the community we live in and those that use the road. No, it’s the stupid parking that really winds me up. The selfish, egotistical idiots who believe that that it is there right, no, there duty, to park wherever and whenever they want and not give care for anybody else.

So who are these stupid individuals, these confused souls who cause misery for pedestrians and other road users and make me really want to rant? Who are these ignorant imbeciles whose sole aim in life is bring about as much disruption and chaos as is humanly possible in a car? And what is it about their parking that gets my goat?

I thought that I would come out with my all time top 5 of parking offences, (I use the term ‘offence’ because I think it’s criminal) that cause me the most outrage and really peeve me off.

JS66700318Number 1) The double parker. This is the idiot that thinks its ok to park in the middle of the road and have a full blown discussion with his mate through the car window. The selfish idiot! This driver actually feels affronted when you beep your horn for them to move, like it’s your fault you actually came out in your car that day and had the audacity to be in the car behind them when they decided they needed to stop and have a prolonged discussion with their mate. Idiots.

Number 2) The mother and baby parkers. When it says “Parking for mother and toddler”, it means “Parking for mother and toddler”. It does not say, “Parking for single adults with no children” it does not say “Parking for older couples without a child in sight”. No, read it correctly and you will understand that, if you do not have in your possession, a child, do not park there.

Number 3) Those without a disability who park in a disabled spot. These idiots park in the disabled spaces and are clearly not disabled. In fact, they are so not disabled; they manage the walk from the car to the shop without an aid to assist them. Maybe, they have such a disability that only affects them when they are in the confines of there own home. Maybe they take the magic anti disability pill that turns them into able bodied citizens. Or maybe, just maybe, they’re lazy individuals who don’t give a damn about inconveniencing those with a disability and can’t be arsed walking the extra twenty yards from the car to their destination.

Bad-Parking-Gets-You-Stuck-KarmaNumber 4) The pavement parker. These idiots have no idea when the road ends and the pavement begins. They’re like, “oh, that paved area must obviously be part of the road”. Why would they care that someone with a disability, a mother with a buggy or a child on its own, should have to circumnavigate their car and walk into the road to avoid their car, whilst running the risk of being knocked down? Do these drivers think that the aforementioned have the ability to sprout wings and fly over their car? No, and neither do I.

Number 5) The ‘I’m going to park my car so close to you in this car park there is no way you’re going to get back into your cars driving seat’. Having to clamber over the passenger seat when you are (slightly) overweight and arthritic in both knees is no fun, let me tell you. ‘Performing contortionist’ is not something I would be happy with entering on my CV. With these idiots, don’t you just want to leave a message saying, “This is just a note to say thank you for parking so close to my car. Next time, please leave me a tin opener so I can get into my car and leave the car park”.

My rant is done and I truly hope that I have expressed my feelings on these inconsiderate, turd stained low-lives who blight not only my life, but the lives of those who have some modicum of respect for those who drive and those who don’t.

Yours truly, Ranting Roger


Kirklees – A night time enforcement exercise aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road took place took place on Friday 13 March, aimed at ensuring that vehicles were fit to be on the road.

Officers from Kirklees Council’s licensing department successfully teamed up with colleagues from W Y Police, Her Majestys Revenue & Customs (HRMC) and the Vehicle Operators Standard Agency (VOSA) to carry out on an enforcement exercise

During the crackdown, which took place in Ravensthorpe, the team stopped over 35 vehicles of which 26 were private hire vehicles.

Of the privately owned cars that were inspected, the police seized one vehicle for no insurance and unsafe parts.  Handed out traffic offence reports (endorsable tickets) to three vehicles, and issued five Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme (VDRS) notices.

A VDRS notice means defects need to be fixed as soon as possible and suitable evidence provided within 14 days. Failure to do so could lead to prosecution, points and a fine.

One car driver was asked to produce evidence of insurance at a police station within 7 days.

The vast majority of offences were for lighting and tyre defects.

Another vehicle was towed away after VOSA stated that it was un-road worthy as the front nearside wheel was about to fail which may have caused serious injury to the owner/driver and other road users.

Twenty-six private hire vehicles were checked to make sure they were appropriately licensed and complied with necessary safety requirements.

Licensing officers and VOSA made two immediate license suspensions – one for exposed tyre cords and the other for the front grille being in dangerous condition with broken/sharp edges.

Twelve delayed license suspensions were handed out – 6 for not having a fire extinguisher, 3 for having tyres close to legal limit, 1 for not displaying a  door sign and 2 for  having defective lights.

Twelve of the private hire vehicles were found to have no defects or breaches of licensing conditions.

Inspector Tim Holland, Kirklees District Partnerships Inspector said:

“The results from the operation are encouraging and should reassure the public that taxis and private hires in Kirklees are generally fit for purpose and most importantly safe. We will continue to work in partnership with our colleagues from the Council, VOSA and HRMC to carry out similar activity in the future. This was also a great opportunity for Special Police Constables to participate in an important public safety exercise which is an integral role in local policing.

Catherine Walters, Kirklees Council Licensing Manager said:

“I’m pleased to see the checking of taxi and private hire vehicles has been a success. They are vitally important to make sure everyone stays safe and I look forward to more such operations happening again in other parts of the district.”


The most important Alfa Romeo for decades

Just under 4 metres long, 2 metres wide and 118 cm high. The design choices of the Alfa Romeo 4C are just as bold as its dimensions. Rather than use extreme power, the decision was taken to minimise weight instead. This challenge underlies the design of every component of the car.

Alfa Romeo 2The result is amazing: an unladen weight of under 895 kg propelled by 240 BHP, giving a weight to power ratio of under 4 kg/HP. A figure that promises genuine supercar agility and performance. This impressively low weight has been achieved by using ultra-light materials like carbon fibre, aluminium and composites, all chosen for maximum dynamic efficiency. Fast, powerful and evolved. On the 4C, advanced materials combined with Alfa Romeo’s innovative processes and values have created a true concentration of efficiency.

Sport suspensions, self-ventilated brake discs and different diameter tyres: the Alfa Romeo 4C boasts an advanced ride control system, conceived to keep weight down to a minimum.

The suspension adopts race-derived technical solutions to optimise performance and deliver unrivalled driving pleasure. At the front, the Alfa Romeo 4C features a double wishbone configuration that gives direct and unfiltered feedback from the road. At the Alfa Romeorear, advanced MacPherson suspension ensures superb road holding and driving fun, even in the most extreme manoeuvres. Both front and rear suspension systems are made from aluminium and high strength steel. The braking system is designed for high performance race track use. The perforated, self-ventilated front discs and Brembo calipers take the car from 100 to 0 km/h in only 36 metres. And to ensure maximum grip and prevent skidding under all conditions, the 4C is fitted with different diameter tyres, 17”-18” or 18”-19”, with the larger size on the rear for the best possible handling.


Most hotly contested special edition

The first deliveries of the Ferrari 458 Speciale A will commence in February, but we’ve got bad news if you haven’t ordered one yet: they’re all sold.

In fact, the iconic Italian brand was only able to satisfy 40 per cent of demand for the $635,000 plus on-road costs convertible supercar in Australia, leading the region’s boss to label it “the most hotly contested special edition in Ferrari’s history”.

Ferrari (2)The 458 Speciale A (the ‘A’ stands for ‘aperta’, which means ‘open’ in Italian) is effectively a folding-roof version of the 458 Speciale hardtop. It’s powered by Ferrari’s most powerful naturally aspirated V8 – the 4.5-litre unit churning out 445kW and 540Nm. Tipping the scales at 1340 kilograms, the open-air model matches the fixed-roof Speciale’s 3.0-second 0-100km/h sprint and 1 minute 23.5 second lap time around the company’s Fiorano test circuit.

As with the 458 Speciale, the Speciale A gets louvre vents near the headlights, a more aggressive front bumper and air intakes, winged side sills, rear diffuser and five-spoke forged alloy wheels, along with lashings of carbonfibre throughout the cabin. The Ferrariretractable aluminium roof takes 14 seconds to either open or close.

Partially explaining its unprecedented popularity is the fact the 458 Speciale A appears likely to be something of the last of its kind. The naturally aspirated model is set to be succeeded at March’s Geneva motor show by an updated 458 powered by an up-rated version of the twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 from the California T. The engine produces 412kW and 755Nm in the entry-level convertible, but could reportedly be tweaked to pump out up to 500kW for the updated 458.