Renting And Proud! wrote:
Skippy 3 wrote:
It is outrageous that you are paying insurance (on top of insurance!) for the inability of the regulators to put manners on the industry. Setanta, Quinn and RSA in recent years. PMPA in the 80s.
PMPA was long before my time but there was not an eyebrow raised in the industry when both Quinn and RSA went to the wall - everyone was waiting for it in both cases. Some of the stories I've heard about both companies are unbelievable. How nobosy outside could spot the alleged wrong doing leads to serious questions, if only someone would ask them
At least RSA has a UK parent to write the cheque
As long as the CBI is seem as a holiday, a "winding down" part of someone's career or a "lifestyle choice" at a certain point in people's lives I can't see it changing any time soon (I'm sure this isn't the case for all employees there but it is for a lot)
Skippy 3 wrote:
Driving without insurance is a completely tractable problem. It simply needs more resources devoted to detection and harsher sentences on conviction. A bit of data science would not go a amiss here - it is probably quite easy to statistically predict who is likely to be driving without insurance.
Judges need to take it seriously too. Multiple offences should mean imprisonment. The current approach of fines and bans just doesn't work.
Can someone shed any light on why ANPR and toll plaza cameras are not used to enforce driving without tax and insurance? Is it data protection or what?
ANPR is used in Germany, where there is no silly disk for tax or insurance - checked against central register for both. (we have a sticker on the number plate for the NCT equivalent, though). Motor Tax is paid by direct debit as well (you sign up when you register).
To declare a vehicle off the road you hand over the number plate(s), which are legally official documents...
So, I don't see a reason why data protection could be an issue. Recorded plates are deleted if they're not matched against the list of "interesting" ones.