Monday, 14 November 2016

Fun Online Polls: Brexit next steps & speeding tickets

The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

That Article 50 decision. What do you think will happen next? No wishful thinking and multiple choices allowed.

The government will just trigger Article 50 anyway - 17 votes
The government will appeal the decision and win - 21 votes
The government will appeal the decision and lose - 36 votes
The government will call another general election - 12 votes
MPs will vote to trigger Article 50 - 42 votes
MPs will vote not to trigger Article 50 - 22 votes
Other, please specify - 4 votes

111 voters

On that basis, the most expected (or least unexpected) outcome appears to be that the government will appeal the decision, lose and MPs will vote to trigger Article 50 (even if only by a slim majority). Which happens to be what I think is least unlikely as well.

But we'll see…
Next, a more general question, you read in the papers about people getting done for exceeding the speed limit by 30, 40, 50 mph, but what is the lower bound?

Has anybody had, in the last ten years say, a speeding ticket/fine/penalty for exceeding the speed limit by 1 mph, or 2 mph? I doubt it.

So that's this week's Fun Online Poll.

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pen seive said...

The guidelines for speeding offences are quite clear and have been supported in court. (The now defunct)ACPO stated that as speedometers are mechanical devices, or linked to mechanical devices, and as no mechanical device operates at 100% efficiency, there is an allowance of plus or minus 10% plus 2 miles per hour. A vehicle in a 30mph zone can travel up to 35mph without being prosecuted, 46 in a 40mph zone, and so forth. I would suggest that anyone who complains they were prosecuted for going 1 or 2 miles over the limit are, at best, mistaken or, at worst, lying through their teeth.

Bayard said...

Or possibly, the victim of an over-zealous police officer.

pen seive said...

Any over-zealous Police officer submitting process for a driver travelling a few miles over the speed limit, but within the permitted guidelines, would only do it once, following the return of his process file and the subsequent rollicking from his or her Sgt.

Mark Wadsworth said...

PS, yes, a lot of people say that, but in the south east, everybody routinely exceeds the speed limit by about 10 mph and nothing seems to happen.